The goal of Training Module 6 is to provide child welfare workers with an understanding of ways in which children can be affected by their parents’ substance use and/or co-occurring disorders—from prenatal exposure to the postnatal environment. This module discusses the effects of parental substance use on family dynamics and the care of children. The module provides information on resources to meet the needs of both the parents and children.
After completing this training, child welfare workers will:
- Identify the effects of parental substance use and co-occurring disorders on child development during the prenatal and postnatal period, childhood, and adolescence.
- Recognize the effects of parental substance use or co-occurring disorders on family dynamics and the care of children.
- Discuss the unique needs of children of parents with substance use or co-occurring disorders, including the child’s own substance use or co-occurring disorders.
- Explain treatment strategies, systems of care, and support services available to children.