Effects of Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Incarceration on Child Care

John Rogers, San Francisco State University
Michelle Evans, San Francisco State University

Data from the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program (ADAM) have been used to assess relationships between alcohol and other drug (AOD) use and many issues important to researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. However, little research has used ADAM data to investigate the impact of AOD use and criminal justice involvement on the children of arrestees. This presentation will highlight findings from a pilot project developed to identify the needs of arrestees' children, to better understand criminal justice involvement as a family event, and to identify points of intervention for children at risk. This presentation will report rates of arrestees with children, home AOD use, types of childcare, missed school days, and children's involvement with the juvenile justice system, as well as regression analysis of demographics, AOD use, and parental criminal justice involvement on children's involvement with juvenile justice. Implications for policy and practice will also be discussed.

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Updated 05/20/2006