Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Coleen Saylor

Second Advisor

Chia-Ling Mao


dependency drug court, self-efficacy, attachment


There are an increasing number of children placed into foster care due to abuse and neglect. Parents of these children often have difficult drug abuse problems leading to the removal of their children. The cost of caring for these children is staggering reaching billions dollars. One program in Santa Clara County that has been created to assist parents is dependency drug court. This court utilizes many disciplines including nursing in its efforts to stabilize and reunify the children. Previous research has shown that home visitations by the public health nurse using interventions based on support of the family has aided in the decrease of child abuse This research utilized qualitative and quantitative data to understand the perceived needs of women who have graduated from this dependency drug court and what they think the public health nurse could do to intervene in the difficult process of going through dependency drug court, and reunifying with their children.