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Presenters: Phil Breitenbucher, MSW, Alexis Balkey, BA, RAS
The accountable, time-limited mandate for achieving permanency for children set forth in the 1997 Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) drove the demand for a better and coordinated system response to meet the needs of families affected by parental substance use. FDCs have emerged as a model of meaningful collaboration to improve safety, recovery, and permanency outcomes. This workshop presentation will explore the impact of parental substance use on the parent-child relationship and the essential service components needed to address these issues, including ensuring quality visitation and contact, implementation of evidence-based services, including parent education and therapeutic services, and access to ongoing family recovery support. This workshop discussion will explore family readiness as a collaborative practice issue by raising the need for coordinated case plans and effective communication protocols across CWS, treatment, and Court systems. In addition, the discussion will explore different program designs across sites, including the timing and phasing of reunification, family maintenance supervision, and case termination.