Live Conversation: October 26, 2023 | 11 – 12:30 PT | 12 – 1:30 MT | 1 – 2:30 CT | 2 – 3:30 ET
Twenty percent of all child welfare removals in 2020 involved infants under the age of 1. Bonding and attachment in these early months are crucial to the health of the parent-infant relationship and the infant’s overall well-being. Despite this, many families involved in the child welfare system face significant disruptions to healthy relationship development. Separation, parental substance use (SU) and substance use disorders (SUD), mental health disorders, trauma histories, and the shame/stigma they encounter prevent parents and infants from establishing strong bonds and secure attachment patterns. FTC teams, often serving postpartum parents, can use their understanding of bonding and attachment to offer interventions that support and heal the parent-child relationship. This session will reorient professionals to the science of bonding and attachment while noting strategies to support the parent-infant relationship in families affected by SU/SUD.
Distinguish between bonding and attachment; describe parenting behaviors related to both strongly and poorly established bonds
Analyze how parent-child separation, SU and SUD, mental health disorders, trauma, and shame can disrupt bonding and attachment
Adopt strategies to support bonding and attachment for families affected by substance use
CCFF hosted a national peer-to-peer idea exchange on November 16, 2023 on the topic of bonding and attachment. Practitioners from around the country joined the call to share challenges, barriers, strategies and successes.
Building Secure Futures: Bonding and Attachment Support for Parents and Their Infants Affected by Substance Use
Policy & Practice Tips: Use this guide to review key points from the video, explore attachment-focused supports and interventions, and consider policy strategies to gain sustainable access to infant and early childhood mental health services.
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OJJDP and CFF currently offer in-depth technical assistance to six Statewide System Improvement Program (SSIP) Awardees: Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, New York, and Guam. Find out more about how these states are implementing systems reform to expand FTCs’ scale and scope—increasing FTCs reach into child welfare and substance use disorder treatment systems and ensuring the delivery of a full range of comprehensive services for families.
In 2016 the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded 12 FDCs. This funding opportunity aligns with the national FDC movement working to increase FDC’s capacity and scope of services to children and families. Of the 12 new OJJDP grantees, six sites were awarded implementation funding to create new FDC programs within their jurisdictions and six were awarded enhancement funding to expand the capacity and augment services among their existing FDC programs. Three tribal sites were awarded implementation funding to help bring Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts to tribal jurisdictions.
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