Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Dependency Drug Court: An Analysis of and Advocacy for a Program that Should Be a Policy
by Camacho, Victoria Christina, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 62; 13813124
Abstract (Summary)

Dependency Drug Courts (DDCs) were created to increase permanency outcomes for children separated from their parents due to concurrent substance use and child maltreatment. There are laws and policies that address both. There is no legislation or national policy for DDC programs.

This project advocates for DDC legislation by (a) using a policy analysis framework to analyze the program and (b) recommending that a uniform DDC legislation be created. This potential policy analysis highlights best practices and identifies needs to effectively serve multicultural populations. This analysis illustrates how DDC helps parents reunify with their children. It is commensurate with relevant legislation including the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, Fostering Connections to Success Act of 2008, and Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018. It also reflects the major principles of the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics, especially social justice as a foundation for advocacy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pasztor, Eileen Mayers
Commitee: Potts, Marilyn, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Public policy
Keywords: Child welfare, Dependency drug court, Substance use
Publication Number: 13813124
ISBN: 9781085570732
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