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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 (C.R.S 22-28-106 (1)(a.5)(IV)) - Abuse may be present or past.
How It May Be Documented
- Family reports drug or alcohol abuse in the family as documented by family interview or application
- DHS, school district, or other agency reports
- Police or Court report documents drug or alcohol abuse in the family
Significance of Factor in regards to School Readiness
- Children with prenatal drug exposure scored significantly lower on measures of language, school readiness skills, impulse control, and visual attention span/sequencing than controls matched for age and socioeconomic.
- 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
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