Presentation on theme: "1 st National Conference on Substance Abuse, Child Welfare and the Dependency Court Developing and Implementing Services for Children within the Substance."— Presentation transcript:
1 st National Conference on Substance Abuse, Child Welfare and the Dependency Court Developing and Implementing Services for Children within the Substance Abuse Treatment Environment J u l y 1 4, Kathy Icenhower, PhD, LCSW Executive Director SHIELDS For Families, Inc. Sara Tienda, MSW Assistant Director SHIELDS For Families, Inc.
In The Beginning
Treatment Commandments This was the context of treatment when we opened our first perinatal program.
We quickly found out that our families had not read the commandments
Our first client showed up with a six month baby… that was fine… it met the criteria… … then she brought her six year old and her 15 year old… now what do we do? That didnt follow the rules… and on top of that… these kids had problems
… who was prenatally exposed to drugs, was born prematurely. According to her pediatrician, she had a feeding disorder and some developmental delays. The Baby… She was constantly crying and appeared to have difficulty bonding with her mother.
… was overly parentified. She ran the household, The Six Year Old… took care of the baby and cared for her mother when the mother was incapacitated by drug use.
The Fifteen Year-Old… … had been expelled from school for marijuana use And that was just the first family had anger issues (especially toward her mother) and was sexually active.
We began to see more and more children with different sets of problems. We had to begin to modify our services to better meet the needs of the children in our program. Including the fact that we had to begin to serve all the children in the family no matter how many, how old or how many problems they had. In this presentation, we will discuss how we went about developing and implementing services for the different age groups of children seen by the program.
The risk factors that will be discussed are not consistent with every child coming from a substance abusing family. Generally speaking, the issues children experience are based on several factors – however the longer they have been separated from their mother, the age intervention begins, and what their living environment has been prior to enrolling in services – are all critical factors that affect their growth and development.
Children: Ages Developmental Delays – due to prenatal exposure to drugs or socioeconomic factors Risks/Consequences of Substance Abuse Difficulty with bonding/attachment – especially if removed from mothers custody at birth Medical problems – FAS, asthma, high risk for SIDS, failure to thrive
Children: Ages On Site Child Care Services Services/Strategies 2.Developmental Screenings and Assessments
Children: Ages Specialized Services to Children with Identified Developmental Needs Services/Strategies 6.Child Development and Parenting Education
Children: Ages In-home and Individual Parenting Education Services/Strategies 8.Access to and Provision of Health Care
Children: Ages Difficulty with life skills Risks/Consequences of Substance Abuse Poor social skills Poor school performance Lack of supervision High risk for early drug use
Children: Ages Chaotic family environment Risks/Consequences of Substance Abuse Sexually Acting Out Behaviors High Risk for child abuse & neglect Mental health problems High risk for involvement with the Juvenile Justice System & with gang affiliation
Children: Ages Individual Domain Services Service/Strategies Alcohol and Drug Education Problem Solving Decision Making/Goal Setting Communication Skills Self-Esteem Building Cultural Enrichment Activities
Children: Ages Individual Domain Services Service/Strategies Gender Based Activities Alternative Activities Case Management Linkage to Services Individual Counseling Mental Health Services
Children: Ages Family Domain Services Service/Strategies Parenting Education Parent/Youth Interaction Communication Skills Family Counseling Family Reunification