February 15, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Virtual Event
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Webinar (NCSACW): Considerations for Developing a Child Welfare Drug Testing Policy and Protocol – Lessons from the Field

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

Join the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare and a panel of professionals from agencies with in-depth experience to learn more about developing a drug testing policy for child welfare agencies.

As parental substance use affects many families who come to the attention of child welfare, drug testing is one tool child welfare often uses as a component of their assessment procedures when working with parents. Developing clear and consistent drug testing policy and practice protocols can be challenging. Coordinating and collaborating with substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers and the courts can support child welfare’s development of policies and protocols. Our panelists will share their experiences and lessons on how their communities developed their approach.

The session also features two new NCSACW resources:

Please join this webinar to learn:

  • Key action steps to develop a child welfare drug testing policy
  • Strategies to mitigate challenges child welfare agencies encounter when developing drug testing policies and protocols
  • Important practice points in the use of drug testing while working with families affected by SUDs

Register Here

Registration is free. You may submit questions in advance of the session during the registration process.

NCSACW Presenters:

Kim Bishop, MSW, LICSW, Deputy Program Director

Latonya Adjei-Tabi, MPA, CDCA, Senior Program Associate


Katherine Guffey, MSW, Executive Consultant to the Director, Arizona Department of Child Safety

Kim Ruble, MA, LSW, Child Welfare Supervisor of Recovery Services, Trumbull (OH) County Children’s Services

Jay M. Wurscher, CADC, Alcohol and Drug Services Coordinator, Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), Office of Child Welfare Programs

Contact Us!

NCSACW is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training, and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court, and substance use treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being, and recovery outcomes for children, parents, and families. Reach us via email or visit our website:

These sessions are sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children’s Bureau.

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