This body of case law represents a robust discussion of legal issues surrounding prenatal substance exposure in civil child protection cases across the country. The variation in analysis from different jurisdictions shows this area of child protection law presents many challenges and lacks consistent decision making across courts. The goal of this case law summary is to help the field understand how different courts have approached these legal issues to establish greater uniformity when addressing prenatal substance use cases in the future.  The first document (primer) is the short version which includes practice considerations, and the second (full review) is the long version which provides a detailed case by case analysis. 

Primer – Prenatal Substance Use Case Law
Full Review – Prenatal Substance Use Case Law