October 17, 2018

Substance Abuse Prevention Month


Many families receiving child welfare services are affected by parental substance use. An estimated 12% of children in this country live with a parent who is dependent on or abuses alcohol or other drugs (SAMHSA). According to data in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), parental substance abuse is frequently reported as a reason for removal, particularly in combination with neglect. If children are exposed to parental substance misuse and other risk factors such as domestic abuse and mental health problems, there is a greater risk that they will also have health, mental health and substance misuse problems.


Substance misuse is not only an issue affecting adults, it has become a problem with youth as well. Youth ages 12 to 20 account for 11% of the country’s monthly alcohol consumption and approximately 23 million people aged 12 or older used illicit drugs.


Prevention strategies targeting the root of the problem are essential to curb drug use and help people lead healthier lives. Early intervention helps prevent substance abuse and reduce the negative consequences of addiction before they occur.


Substance Abuse Resources


Parental Substance Misuse and the Child Welfare System


Changing the Course: Pathways to Addiction Stabilization & Recovery for Families & Youth Training Video


The Center’s Substance Abuse Resources



Recently Added Resources:



Common Sense and Active Shooter Safety Training Video


Understanding the Victim Mindset Training Video (No Child Welfare Professional In-Service Training Hours Available)



NOTE: The workshops we recorded at the 2018 Dependency Summit have been posted HERE

Upcoming Events

Live Webinar Hosted by The Center for Child Welfare: Introduction to the Center, Monday, October 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)

Are you familiar with The Center for Child Welfare? If you have anything to do with the Child Welfare System in Florida, then you should be! We are a one stop shop for training, resources and information for anyone working with or caring for children and families in Florida. We invite you to attend our informative live webinar where you can learn about our core functions and how we help the entire system of care. Find out what resources we have available in our extensive knowledge library and learn how you can view our online training to earn training hours.


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Live Webinar: Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) - Empowering, Connecting, and Correcting,
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Presented by: Dr. Martie Gillen, Associate Professor -University of Florida, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences


This webinar will provide an overview of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). TBRI® is a holistic approach that is multi-disciplinary, flexible, and attachment-centered. It is an evidence-based, trauma-informed intervention that is specifically designed for children who come from hard places, such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence. TBRI® consists of three sets of principles: connecting, empowering, and correcting. We will explore the risk factors that influence the way children think, trust, and connect with others. A discussion of how these risk factors can change children’s brain development and brain chemistry will be included. Attendees will receive strategies and tools to help children along the path to healthy connection and functioning.


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