Reintegration Strategies to Mitigate Child Abuse and Neglect by Substance Abusers in West Virginia Communities.
Laws, Cheryl Wilson.
Appalachian State University.
x, 137 p.
Published: May 2016
This thesis evaluates the effectiveness of current intervention strategies employed by organizations that provide socially necessary services (SNS) to Kanawha County, West Virginia parents whose drug addictions pose an impending danger to the continued safety of their children and led to substantiated allegations of child abuse and neglect. These organizations, known as administrative service organizations (ASO), are referred to these maltreating parents by Child Protective Services (CPS) to control or mitigate impending dangers to the safety of abused/neglected children posed by maltreating parents with drug addictions. The current modus operandi of the state of West Virginia is to facilitate an intervention, provide treatment and reunify the family. However, there is an omitted and crucial piece to the sustainability of the family unit once they are released from the supervision of the state, which is in the form of a community reintegration strategy that will support the family’s success as a functioning social unit upon release from the child welfare system. This thesis intends to show that without this integral piece of the circle, the cycle of drug abuse cannot be broken therefore fails at the sustainability of the sobriety of the maltreating parent as well as the family as a functioning unit. (Author abstract)
substance abusing parents; child protection organizations; child protection; intervention strategies; drug treatment programs; family reunification; sustainability; family support systems; West Virginia