Substance Abuse Video

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is pleased to announce the release of a video training on Substance Abuse and In-Home Services.

The new video training comes at a time when substance abuse, particularly opioids, is the most urgent health and social issue. The addictive power and potency of opioids have had devastating effects on families. These include a high number of fatalities due to overdose, high number of children removed from their homes and placed in foster care, and suicides of young children in families where a parent is addicted to opioids. Every agency that provides services to children and families is grappling with this issue.

However, it does help to keep in mind that this is not the first drug epidemic.

The crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980’s caused widespread panic due to fears of children being irreparably damaged from being born addicted through exposure in the womb to the mother’s drug use. But a study by the University of Florida showed that the babies determined safe to be left with their addictive mothers were more developmentally advanced at six months than babies removed from their mothers and placed in foster care. It is possible to provide treatment to the substance abusing parent(s) and protect children while keeping the family safely together.

The purpose of NFPN’s video is to contribute to the resources and training for in-home services in order to help families involved with substance abuse. NFPN recommends at least two days of initial training for practitioners and ongoing training should also be provided.

One way to begin is by viewing some free resources that are available online:
For a brief overview of substance abuse and the child welfare system visit:

For a comprehensive overview of addiction including neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery and more view the Surgeon General’s Report at

To help motivate families to make needed changes, view “Listening and The Six Stages of Change” at

NFPN’s 90-minute substance abuse video was filmed in the state of Missouri and all presenters are from that state. There are seven segments with a presenter for each segment: Interviewer, State Child Welfare Administrator, Judge, Service Provider, Supervisor, Trainer, and Therapist/Client. Also included are 25 supplemental online resources with links provided for information and training.

For quick reference, here is the link to the online information on the video:

Pricing for the video starts at $275 for up to 25 workers.

To order, contact Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director, Phone 888-498-9047.

Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director

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