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Children at the front: A different view of the war on alcohol and drugs
Child Welfare League of America

This report presents the findings of a 70-member multidisciplinary task force that reviewed the impact on children of addiction within the family and community. The commission examined the response of the child welfare system to substance-abusing clients, including adolescents and runaways, parents, and pregnant women.

The report describes the child welfare system as fragmented and uncoordinated, with different services such as child welfare, ATOD treatment, and the courts often working against each other unknowingly. Task force members suggest that ATOD abuse be viewed as a threat to the child's safety and well-being. Policies should be child-centered and offer viable options for removing a child from the household. Recommendations include making children and their families the target of national ATOD prevention strategies through additional funding, providing universal health care and home-visiting services, and enhancing services for children by coordinating and educating personnel in the family court and child welfare systems about each other's roles.

Child Welfare League of America
c/o CSSC
P.O. Box 7816
Edison, NJ 08818-7816
Fax (908) 417-0482
(1992, 223 pp.; $9.95 + p/h)


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