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Research Proposal Presentation

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Stacey Haley Roncone

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Research Proposal Presentation
By Stacey Haley-Roncone
Purpose of the Study
Research Questions and Expected Outcomes
Justification for the Research
Literature Review
Research Design
Implications for Human Services
This research proposal centers on finding better ways to help parents who are in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction who also have had their children removed from the home by Child and Family Services (CFS). These parents face unique challenges that not only include the lack of basic coping skills but also the lack of parenting skills and the ability to adequately nurture their child (Black & Mayer, 1980).
Purpose of the Study
Problem Statement:
Clients who are substance dependent who have their children in CFS would benefit from psychoeducational services offered by Cedar House to help them learn coping skills.
This population needs extra assistance in regaining control of their lives from addiction and in creating a health environments for their families. The influence that this study is expected to make is an extremely positive one not only for the families but for the quality of the program at Cedar House.
Research Questions and Expected Outcomes
Research Question:
Is it possible to implement a program at Cedar House that significantly improves the rate of abstinence in substance addicted parents who have their children in the custody of Child and Family Services?
Justification for Research
Summary of Literature
Supporting Articles:
"Onset of Physical Abuse and Neglect: Psychiatric, Substance Abuse, and Social Risk Factors from Prospective Community Data" (Chaffin, Kelleher, & Hollenberg,1996).
"Parental Substance Abuse and Child Maltreatment: Review and Implications for Intervention" (Magura & Laudet, 1996).
"Common Issues for Parents in a Methadone Maintenance Group"(Greif & Drechsler, 1993)
"Partners of Perinatal Substance Users: Forgotten, Failing, or Fit to Father?" (Twomey, 2007).
BSHS 475
September 10, 2014
April Thomas

Goals and Objectives:
Help develop significantly more effective rehabilitation methods for addicted parents.
Increase the rate of family reunification.
Higher rate of success in maintaining
complete abstinence form drugs.
Create safer homes for children.
Expected Outcomes:
Parents will have a higher rate of success in abstaining from substances.
Higher reunification rate for families.
Children's long-term needs are met.
Opposing View:
"How soon is too soon? Addiction recovery and family reunification" (Hohman, & Butt, 2000).
Methods: Research Design
Implications for Human Services
"Meth Mom Talks About The Day Her Kids Were Taken Away"
Consequences of not Addressing the Problem
Suggestions for Integration
(MSNBC, 2005)
Meth Mom Talks About The Day Her Kids Were Taken Away (2010). Wasteland: Innocent Victims of Meth. MSNBC (2005)Retrieved from http://youtube/MVl0GN9ewBA
Large amount of individuals enrolled at Cedar House have been mandated by the courts to attend a recovery program as a condition for reunification of their children.

The clients have needs that remain unaddressed by Cedar House.
Percentages of Children* under 18 Years of Age Living with One or More Parents with Past Year Substance Dependence or Abuse, by Child's Age: 2002 to 2007
Percentages of Children* under 18 Years of Age Living with One or More Parents with Past Year Substance Dependence or Abuse, by Child's Age: 2002 to 2007 (2007). SAMHSA National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs). Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/2k9/SAparents/SAparents.htm
California Fails Maltreatment Recurrence Indicator (1999). Retrieved from http://www.lao.ca.gov/analysis_2002/health_ss/healthss_17_Foster_care_anl02.htm
How the Study Will be Carried out:
Research Design Continued...
Analysis Methods:
Addicted parents have a higher rate of having their children placed with child welfare agencies than their non-addicted counterparts (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999).

Cedar House Life Change Center provides services for adults struggling with substance abuse many of whom are in treatment as a result of recommendations made by CFS.

At Cedar House clients referred by CFS are put into the same program as other individuals even though they have far more complex challenges due to having children (Black & Mayer, 1980).

The clients at Cedar House who are involved
with CFS have specific needs to be addressed.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1999). Blending perspectives and building common ground: A report to Congress on substance abuse and child protection. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved January 28, 2008, from http://aspe.hhs.gov/HSP/subabuse99/subabuse.htm
Black, R., & Mayer, J. (1980). Parents with special problems: Alcoholism and opiate addiction. Child Abuse & Neglect, 4(1), 45-54
Hohman, M. M., & Butt, R. L. (2000). How soon is too soon? Addiction recovery and family reunification. Child Welfare, 80(1), 53-67.
Twomey, J. E. (2007). Partners of perinatal substance users: forgotten, failing, or fit to father?. American journal of orthopsychiatry, 77(4), 563-572.
Chaffin, M., Kelleher, K., & Hollenberg, J. (1996). Onset of physical abuse and neglect: Psychiatric, substance abuse, and social risk factors from prospective community data. Child abuse & neglect, 20(3), 191-203.
Greif, G.L. & Drechsler, M. 1993. Common issues for parents in a methadone maintenance group. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 10: 339-43
Magura, S., & Laudet, A. B. (1996). Parental substance abuse and child maltreatment: Review and implications for intervention. Children and Youth Services Review, 18(3), 193-220
Who the Participants will be:

Have their children in the custody of CFS and have been assigned a verifiable case number.

Must have a substance abuse problem and be enrolled at Cedar House.

Participants must be involved with both agencies concurrently and must be willing to participate in the study
Research Design Continued...
1) A program will be created that incorporates parenting classes with Cedar House’s traditional method of addressing client’s addiction issues.
2) Permission will be obtained from Cedar House and Child and Family Services to implement the pilot program.
3) Researchers determine which clients qualify and obtain releases of confidentiality.
4) Three questionnaires that will be administered.
Determine the reason for CFS involvement and the level of CFS involvement that was determined by a court of law.
Determines the severity of drug use and the impact it has and on the client’s life.
Determines level of parenting skills that also includes the client’s ability to cope with stressors, level of positive support systems, and determines the client’s discipline style.
5) Implementation the pilot program for the duration of the client’s stay at Cedar House.
6) On the client’s final day of treatment re-administer parenting skills test and drug severity test.
7) Follow up with clients three months after the clients have completed the pilot program.
8) Results of the questionnaires administered at the beginning and at the end of treatment will be analyzed. Also, researchers will determine if the program has an impact on the client’s involvement with CFS and if the clients have continued to abstain from drugs and alcohol.
9) Researchers will determine if the pilot program is effective enough to implement at Cedar House on a permanent basis.

Three questionnaires.
Daily parenting classes for the duration of treatment along with drug and alcohol program.
Treatment plans will include goals and plans of action that specifically address problems associated with parenting.
Complete questionnaires a second time.
Three months after discharge clients will be contacted to see if they have continued to abstain from drugs and alcohol and if they have been reunified with children.
Data will be collected from Cedar House's Files, completed questionnaires, and CFS files.
Data will be reviewed and analyzed collectively to see if the program made a measurable difference in the lives of clients.
Data will used to implement parenting programs at Cedar House.
Increase the rate of abstinence in addicted parents by taking more a holistic approach.
Producing a more effective methods of rehabilitation for this population.
Increase awareness regarding this population.
Reduce the amount of children in foster care
Positive Implications:
Negative Impact:
Clients may feel overwhelmed
Setting them up for failure
Potential to backfire if not implemented in a careful way.
Consequences for not Addressing the Problem:
Continued abuse and neglect of children
More kids in foster care
Higher risk of parental relapse
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