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Sobriety Support Program Among A Dozen New Candidates for Federal Child Welfare Funding


A popular model that supports child welfare-involved parents through addiction treatment is among 12 new candidates under review for new federal funding. 

Sobriety Treatment And Recovery Teams, known as START, is a model started in Kentucky that hinges on a specially trained caseworker and rapid access to substance abuse services. The goal is to avoid a delay in treatment that could potentially be dangerous to a child in the home, and keep an ally close to parents during their fight to get sober.

For Opioids’ Youngest Victims, Is Help Too Little, Too Late?

Drug abuse is overwhelming the child welfare system at unprecedented rates. Solutions are slowly emerging, but they aren’t always adopted.

June 26, 2017 • J.B. Wogan

Police in East Liverpool, Ohio, last fall wanted to show the graphic toll of opioid overdoses, so they made the decision to post some photos to Facebook. The shocking images, which an officer had taken during a traffic stop, were graphic and heart-wrenchingly poignant. A man and a woman sit unconscious in the front seat of an SUV, slumped at impossible angles, mouths agape. Meanwhile, a 4-year-old blond child — the woman’s grandson — stares from the back seat.

Opioid Treatment Program Helps Keep Families Together

89.3 WFPL News Louisville | By Lisa Gillespie

Published March 28, 2018 at 12:58 PM EDT

Velva Poole has spent about 20 years as a social worker, mostly in Louisville, KY. She’s seen people ravaged by methamphetamines and cocaine; now it’s mostly opioids. Most of her clients are parents who have lost custody of their children because of drug use. Poole remembers one mom in particular.

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