Women and Family Addiction Services
A Solution that Works: Family- Focused Residential Treatment
Impact of Opioid Crisis on Mothers and Children
Women face a growing opioid crisis and children are suffering. Heroin deaths among women increased at more than twice the rate than among men. Opioid use among women giving birth has almost quadrupled in a decade, while the incidence of neonatal drug withdrawal syndrome (NAS) grew almost 5 fold in the same period. And, Child Welfare systems are deluged with children entering foster care due to parental drug use.
Solutions that Work
Experts agree on what works. Recent reports by expert panels, recognize the necessity of specialized solutions for pregnant and post-partum women. Recommendations include family centered approaches that keep families together. When mothers and children receive residential treatment together, the maternal bond is maintained, children thrive, and mothers are motivated to achieve long-term recovery. The investment also saves money by reducing neonatal intensive care days, reducing costs of drug overdoses and eliminating the expense of more children in the child welfare system.
Our Model for Mother and Child Residential Recovery
Our residential recovery centers help children and mothers reach their full potential.
Centers are located in California, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Volunteers of America partners with federal-state agencies through competitive grant programs, including SAMSHA’s Pregnant and Post-Partum Women service grants and the Regional partnership Grants, state Opioid grants, local government support and philanthropic support. Our model is distinguished for its -
- Family-centered continuum of treatment and recovery using evidence-based practices
- Care that includes residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment and on-going recovery support.
- Gender-specific and trauma-informed practices and parenting education and support
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in conjunction with licenses MAT providers
- Integration of behavioral and physical health care, psychological and emotional safety and support
- Close work with child welfare systems to support family preservation and reunification
- Aftercare supports, including housing, transportation, employment and education counseling
states have VOA treatment programs for mothers and children
residential programs for women with their children nationwide