Trying to Come Home: Substance Exposed Infants, Mothers, and Family Reunification.
Huang, Hui. Ryan, Joseph P.
Children and Youth Services Review
Vol. 33, No. 2 , p. 322-329
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Substance abusing mothers comprise a significant proportion of caregivers in public child welfare, and achieve low reunification rates. Unfortunately little is known about treatment options intended to facilitate recovery and increase reunification. This study focuses particular attention on the relationship between specific treatment modalities (e.g., residential and outpatient), recovery from substance abuse and family reunification. Analyzing a sample of 160 mothers and their substance exposed infants, the findings clearly identify the benefits of residential treatment in terms of both treatment progress (directly) and family reunification (indirectly), but only when residential services are delivered in combination with transitional services. (Author abstract)
substance exposed infants; substance abusing mothers; family reunification; residential treatment