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Family Resources for Women in Recovery

Addiction affects not only the individual, but the family as well.  In addition to supporting herself, a mother must also support and nurture her children though their recovery.  Some of the barriers to this recovery process include difficulty collecting child support, the inability to find and pay for child care, as well as meeting her child’s health care needs.

Child Support Resources

The Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Program - a federal/state/local partnership to establish and enforce child support orders. It is sometimes called the IV-D Program because it was established under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act in 1975.  Services include locating parents, establishing paternity and support obligations, and enforcing those obligations.

Anyone who has custody of a child and needs child support from a nonresident parent, can apply for Child Support Enforcement services.  You can find your State’s Office information and how to contact them online.

Finding Child Care

Finding a child care provider for your child(ren) can be an overwhelming task, but there are organizations and referral resources available to make the process easier:

ChildCareAware.org - a non-profit resource helping parents and guardians make informed decisions about choosing child care, including a child care locater and child care options calculator.

NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies - works with more than 800 state and local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies to ensure families in every local community have access to high-quality, affordable child care.

Paying for Child Care

To child care financial assistance, locate and contact your State Child Care Subsidy Agency on the National Child Care Information Center's Web site.   

There may also be a local child care resource-and-referral (CCR&R) agency available to you. To find out, call Child Care Aware, toll-free at 1-800-424-2246 or visit the National Association of Resource and Referral to locate your local chapter.  Local CCR&Rs provide information on local financial assistance, funding opportunities, and child care providers.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Resources for Parents

Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born prenatally exposed to alcohol.  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a term describing the range of effects which can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications.    The more parents know about the effects of alcohol on children, the more they can do to help their children. Visit SAMHSA’s FASD Center for Excellence to learn more about the effects of alcohol on children and find tips for helping your children.

FASD – The Course - provides an overview of risk factors for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, signs and symptoms, and prevention and treatment methods.

March of Dimes – nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. 

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome National and State Directory - provides resources in a particular region of the country on topics including: community resources and family support groups, diagnosis of FAS/FASD, prevention programs, including treatment services for affected individuals.

Online Resources
FAS Community Resource Center
FASD Awareness Day
Online Clinic

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