AUSTIN— Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation published the policy perspective A New Horizon: Changing Our Approach to Parental Substance Abuse.
“In Texas during the last decade, Child Protective Services (CPS) cases involving substance abuse rose by more than 50 percent,” said Charissa Huntzinger, policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “Mothers and pregnant women, in particular, face significant barriers to substance abuse treatment, not the least of which is the very real possibility of losing custody of their children while seeking sobriety. The child welfare system’s current punitive approach to parental substance use is outdated and, ironically, puts more children and families at risk.”
To read the perspective in full, please visit: https://files.texaspolicy.com/uploads/2020/03/04121631/Huntzinger-Parental-Substance-Abuse.pdf