UPDATED: North Carolina Get-Tough Bill on Drug Exposed Newborns Passes, But Vetoed by Governor
Last week, the North Carolina legislature sent a bill to Gov. Roy Cooper (D) that would make it easier and faster to put babies born exposed to drugs and alcohol on a path to adoption, cutting off efforts to return them to their parents.
Drug Testing the Whole Family
In the final hour of a daylong Health and Human Services committee meeting for the Texas House of Representatives last November, Sammi Jo Magee took the microphone. Magee, the chief prosecutor in the Child Protective Services division for Taylor County, Texas, which includes Abilene, had been summoned to explain why Taylor and surrounding counties were taking more kids into foster care than any other region in the state.
Sobriety Support Program Among A Dozen New Candidates for Federal Child Welfare Funding
A popular model that supports child welfare-involved parents through addiction treatment is among 12 new candidates under review for new federal funding. Sobriety Treatment And Recovery Teams, known as START, is a model started in Kentucky that hinges on a specially trained caseworker and rapid access to substance abuse services.
A Shaky Start for New Data on Sex Trafficking Victims, Prenatal Drug Exposure
The federal government’s annual Child Maltreatment publication, released last month, showed a continuing trendline on the report’s central issue. The number of child maltreatment investigations has risen by nearly 10 percent since 2014 – the amount of documented abuse and neglect from those investigations has also increased, but only by about half of 1 percent.
Klobuchar, Murkowski Introduce Bill on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced legislation today that would restore long lost federal dollars to help children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. The Advancing FASD Research, Prevention and Services Act would amend the Public Health Service Act to include $42 million for research and services grants focused on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
New National Map of Family-Based Recovery Programs Available
One of the many changes within the Family First Prevention Services Act is a provision allowing children to stay with their parent in a residential substance abuse treatment program. And now, a comprehensive list of those programs are available for parents, practitioners and policymakers.
Can We Walk You Home?
Throughout the evening, the three brothers described to me the years of abuse they experienced in foster care. They were made to stand in the corner of rooms for hours. They were forced to clean every dish in the house, if one was dirty.
The Substance Abuse Program Los Angeles Hopes Can Help Overhaul its Dependency Drug Courts
Sacramento County could hold the key to better addressing widespread substance abuse issues in Los Angeles County’s child welfare system. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a plan to improve substance abuse services to parents facing the removal of their children in dependency court by creating a family treatment court modeled on a program used in Sacramento.