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Safety & Risk Practice Guides

New resource! Provides guidance to child welfare supervisors on how to build on concepts in the Safety and Risk Video Series to enhance worker practice with families when parental substance use is present.

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NCSACW is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court and substance use treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents, and families.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT is evidence-based, clinically driven, and individually tailored to successfully treat SUDs and help sustain recovery.


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CAPTA Plans of Safe Care

A Plan of Safe Care is a tool multiple systems can use to help infants affected by prenatal substance exposure and their families.

Advancing Equity in Access to Care

Families of color and other diverse groups affected by child abuse or neglect and SUDs often face a complex set of challenges.

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Online Tutorials

Access free online tutorials for substance use treatment, child welfare, and court professionals and a comprehensive training package on substance use disorders for child welfare professionals.

Interactive Bibliography

The Interactive Bibliography is a searchable platform for individual citations identified in the field of cross-system issues involving child welfare, substance use disorders, and family treatment and dependency courts.

Video and Webinars

View engaging videos and recorded webinars on an array of topics related to serving families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services.


Stay up to date with the latest national data and research literature on substance use treatment and child welfare.

Find Help with a Personal Situation

Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Locator

To find treatment facilities confidentially, 24/7, please call 1-800-662-4357 (HELP).

To locate general treatment services, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Treatment Locator online or call 1-800-662-4357 (HELP). This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. It is a free, confidential, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a year information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members needing treatment for a mental and/or substance use disorder.

National Child Abuse Hotline

If you suspect a child has been harmed by abuse or neglect, please call 1-800-422-4453.

If you suspect that a child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed by abuse or neglect, call the National Child Abuse Hotline at Call the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453. Serving the United States and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. All calls, texts, and chats are confidential. If you believe a child is in immediate danger of harm, call 911 first.

National Suicide Prevention Line

For free and confidential support for people in distress, 24/7, please call or text 988, chat, or call 1-800-273-8255.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, help is available and there are options to receive compassionate care. You can call or text 988 or chat You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Both are confidential and available 24/7 to everyone in the United States and will connect you to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.

Contact Us

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers free technical assistance to a variety of systems on making policy and practice changes to improve outcomes for families affected by substance use disorders and involvement with child welfare services. To learn more about technical assistance services or if you have a question please email NCSACW at or call toll-free at 1–866–493–2758.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare