10, No. 2
Meth and Family-Centered Child Welfare Practice
Chances are you have heard horror stories about what methamphetamine is doing to families and children. Stories about an addiction so powerful that parents lose any interest in their kids. About poisonous, explosive homemade labs. About an epidemic rapidly spreading across North Carolina.
Frightening stories. True stories.
Confronted by this new challenge it is only natural that child welfare workers should be concerned for their safety and the safety of the children and families they strive to protect and support. Only natural for them to ask:
Why is meth so dangerous?
How can I keep everyone safe? (including myself!)
What can we do to help these families?
This issue of Practice Notes will attempt to answer these questions and explain how you can respond to meth in an effective, family-centered way.