This research brief was developed by Antonia Eberhart, MSW during her practicum at Partners for Our Children. While it has evolved since that time, and may evolve further, we are excited to share this iteration of the work, as part of our continuing policy and research efforts. We believe the content remains relevant and regret the delay in posting it.
Parents involved with the child welfare system have numerous barriers that can prevent and/or delay reunification with their children. Many parents struggle with substance use disorders (SUDs) which impact their relationships with their children and the child welfare system in a myriad of ways. In the spring of 2018, we conducted a thorough literature review and stakeholder interviews. Our goals were to understand available treatment services for parents who are child-welfare involved, barriers to accessing treatment, and to create recommendations that may improve outcomes for parents impacted by SUDs and their children.