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Head Start substance abuse guide: A resource handbook for Head Start grantees and other collaborating community programs
Raymond C. Collins and Penny R. Anderson

ATOD abuse affects many children enrolled in Head Start in some wayˇat home or in the community. This handbook is designed specifically to help Head Start programs and their collaborators develop strategies to address ATOD abuse. It suggests how to create a supportive environment for children, form ties with collaborative agencies, and work with parents. Staff should learn to identify children prenatally affected by ATOD and exposed to ATOD abuse in the family. Authors list the competencies needed for working with drug-affected children and families, including fostering ongoing relationships with caretakers. Numerous benefits (including joint outreach campaigns, coordinated case management, and unified messages about ATOD abuse) result from collaborations between Head Start and social and community services agencies. The volume concludes with resource lists of useful information - drug classifications, curricula, organizations, and publications.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Head Start Bureau
P.O. Box 1182
Washington, DC 20013
(202) 205-8560
(1991, DHHS Publication No: (ACF) 91-31265, 122 pp.; free)





 

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