The goal of this special topic training is to understand the unique needs of infants with prenatal substance exposure and their families. The training will cover the effects of prenatal substance use on an infant by providing an overview of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), and withdrawal symptoms. Participants will gain knowledge in screening and treatment referrals for affected family members, including services to address the needs of infants who were prenatally exposed. Collaboration between the systems of care to serve infants and their families is critical for successful outcomes. The training will also highlight amendments made to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016, specifically related to infants with prenatal substance exposure and their families.
After completing this training, child welfare workers will:
- Discuss the context and prevalence of prenatal substance use
- Identify the effects of prenatal substance use on infants and their families.
- Discuss FASDs, NAS, and NOWS
- Increase knowledge of screening and referral for treatment and resources
- Identify the treatment needs of parents and infants
- Value collaboration between systems of care for successful outcomes
- Understand the implications of the CARA amendments to CAPTA related to infants with prenatal substance exposure and their families