Understanding the Role of Parental Opiate or Marijuana Use in Child Welfare Substantiation Decisions
Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Parental drug misuse is a risk factor that child welfare workers must consider during investigations of alleged maltreatment. Little is known, however about how workers view substance use, particularly for substances like marijuana and prescription opioids which are used legally in some circumstances but not in others. Qualitative data from a mixed-methods web-based survey of 562 workers in child welfare-related fields were used to examine the ways in which parental substance use influenced decision-making. Findings suggest that the legality of the substance, how the substance is used around children, and the nexus between substance use and parenting were influential in caseworker decisions, which can inform future educational and policy efforts.
child welfare, decision-making, marijuana, opiate, qualitative, substance use
Jennifer Price Wolf, Nancy Jo Kepple, and Bridget Freisthler. "Understanding the Role of Parental Opiate or Marijuana Use in Child Welfare Substantiation Decisions" Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions (2019): 238-261. https://doi.org/10.1080/1533256X.2019.1641675