START: A Child Welfare Model for Drug-Affected Families

The Challenge of Drug Abuse in Child Welfare, Part Three

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2001

Summary

This document highlights the work of the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START) in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. START is a program that incorporates addiction-services treatment, good child welfare practice, and family preservation into case management. Also included is an evaluation of program implementation, operations, and child-welfare and substance abuse treatment outcomes. 

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Key Takeaway

A Strength-Based Approach

The START program builds on the existing strengths of drug treatment providers and child welfare staff in Cuyahoga County, as well as current research on drug treatment for crack-addicted women. By bringing together addiction-services treatment, good child welfare practices, and family preservation practices, we can better address the special needs of drug-affected families. 

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