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CPP Eligibility Factor - Drug or Alcohol Abuse in the Child's Family

Clarification of Eligibility Factor 

Drug or alcohol abuse in the child’s family (22-28-106 (1) (a.5) (IV) C.R.S.).

Abuse can be:

  • Present
  • Past

How It May Be Documented

  • Developmental screen
  • Social services or other agency referral
  • Parent report/interview
  • Newspaper article
  • Court or police report

Significance of Factor in regards to School Readiness

  • Family members’ drug or alcohol abuse subjects a child to multiple environmental risk factors which impact cognitive and academic development. Children living with substance-abusing parents are likely to face poverty, maternal depression, unstable and disorganized households, passive exposure to illicit drugs, harsh discipline and possible emotional and physical neglect.
  • The abuse can dangerously compromise or destroy the ability of parents to provide intellectual stimulation and literacy modeling. Mood altering substances can make a parent’s behavior erratic and thus disrupt the parent-child relationship.
  • Children exposed to substance abuse often have difficulty regulating their feelings and impulses

 

Research References:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Service U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Factors in Child Development: Personal Characteristics and Parental Behavior. Retrieved June 2, 2011, from http://www.rti.org/pubs/child-development.pdf

Generations United. (2006). Meth and child welfare: Promising solutions for children, their parents, and grandparents. Pew Charitable Trusts. Retrieved June 2, 2011, fromhttp://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2006/06/09/meth-and-child-welfare-promising-solutions-for-children-their-parents-and-grandparents

National Association for Children of Alcoholics. (2000). Children of addicted parents: Important facts. Retrieved August 7, 2009, from http://www.nationaldec.org/user_files/6117.pdf

Pulsipher, Margaret., Radonovich, Krestin, Belcher, Harolyn M.E. and Buts, Arlene M. (2004) Intelligence and School Readiness in Preschool Children with Prenatal Drug Exposure, Child Neuropsychology, 10:2, 89-101.

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