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J Subst Abuse Treat. 2013 Oct;45(4):381-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2013.05.010. Epub 2013 Jul 12.

The effect of recovery coaches for substance-involved mothers in child welfare: impact on juvenile delinquency.

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University of Michigan, School of Social Work and Department of Sociology, 1080 South University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.


Despite the documented relationship between parental substance abuse and youth delinquency, the effects of parental interventions on delinquency outcomes are unknown. Such interventions are particularly vital for families in the child welfare system who are at heightened risk for both parental substance involvement and youth delinquency. The current study tested the impact of intensive case management in the form of a recovery coach for substance-involved mothers on youth delinquency outcomes among a randomized sample of 453 families involved in a Title IV-E experimental waiver demonstration in Cook County, Illinois. In comparison to control group participants, families enrolled in the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) waiver demonstration experienced a lower rate of juvenile arrest, net of factors such as demographic characteristics, primary drug of choice, and time spent in substitute care. Findings support efforts to curb delinquency among child-welfare involved youth by providing recovery coaches to their substance abusing or dependent parents.


Foster care; Intervention; Juvenile delinquency; Substance abuse/dependence; Young adults

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