The opioid and addiction crises have had a significant impact on children and families, particularly those that face child welfare or dependency proceedings because of a parent’s substance use. This month, CLOUD features collections designed for policymakers who seek to improve care for individuals and prevent the break-up of families and resources for parents, grandparents and caregivers designed to help them support children and youth affected by parental addiction.
The opioid and addiction crises have greatly impacted family stability, leading to large increases in child welfare cases and the rate of grandparents or other relatives raising children. In this collection, we feature reports that describe the impact of addiction on families and provide strategies for improving services provided to children and their caregivers.
Research has shown that having a close family member with a history of addiction is a risk factor for substance use and for developing a substance use disorder. In this collection, we feature resources that provide education about addiction, support for coping when a family member has an addiction, and selected resources designed to help prevent the development of substance use disorder in children and youth.