Online Foster Care Training Videos

Understanding substance use disorders and the impact on children in foster care, their parents and foster parents.

The number of children in foster care whose families have been torn apart by substance use disorders has risen dramatically. These trainings were developed to provide MSPCC’s Family Resource Liaisons (FRLs) with the information and skills to support and coach foster parents to better understand substance use disorders, the impact of parental substance use disorders on children in care, and the risk of use and misuse of substances by children in care. If you are a foster, kinship, or adoptive parent and are interested in learning more about substance use disorders and the impact on children and families, we encourage you to watch the trainings below. If you are a foster parent seeking support, please contact your Family Resource Liaison.


“Substance Use, Misuse, & Dependence: What it is and how it can affect children and families?” Enid Watson, MDiv, Institute for Health & Recovery  — Presenter 

This session, in front of a live audience of Family Resource Liaisons, addresses the various aspects of substance use, the impact on children and families, and the possible outcomes for treatment. Additionally, Enid Watson of the Institute for Health & Recovery focuses in on substance use trends within the Massachusetts child welfare system.


“Drug Uses, Types and Associated Issues & Outcomes” Enid Watson, MDiv, Institute for Health & Recovery — Presenter 

In this webinar session, Enid Watson discusses the various types of mainstream substances used, their categories, and the most prevalent issues associated with each. Enid includes discussion about the possible outcomes for users and exposed youth and covers outcomes/issues from early childhood-adolescence into adulthood.


“Parent Support for Family Resource Liaisons” Omer Mendelson, LICSW, Institute for Health & Recovery — Presenter

In this session, Omer Mendelson of the Institute for Health & Recovery presents an overview of DCF practice and protocol for interacting with biological parents around substance use and reviews policy and practice standards used by DCF staff with foster/pre-adoptive parents. Additionally, Omer discusses the language to be used with youth and parents and resources available to Family Resource Liaisons and foster/pre-adoptive parents.



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