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The Vulnerable Child and Family: Developing a Comprehensive System of Care

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Chautauqua Harbor Hotel

10 Dunham Avenue

Celoron, NY 14701

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A community-based learning and planning experience

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A community-based learning and planning experience that focuses on developing an effort to address pregnant and parenting women at risk for alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use and, for those children who are born affected by prenatal exposure, ameliorating the effects through early intervention and the use of research-proven treatment strategies.

Each year, an estimated 15 percent of infants are affected by prenatal alcohol or illicit drug exposure. Prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs has the potential to cause a wide spectrum of physical and developmental challenges for these infants. There is also potential for ongoing challenges in the stability and well-being of infants who have been prenatally exposed, and their families if substance use disorders are not addressed with appropriate treatment and long-term recovery support. The intersection of pregnancy and substance use creates a need for a collaborative approach among medical, substance use, child welfare, and early childhood providers to address the multifaceted needs of the mother, infant, and family. Coordinated services and early intervention for pregnant women with substance use disorders and their infants are critical in preparing families for optimal bonding, health, and well-being.

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