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The Ties That Bind: Training for Caregivers

The Children of Alcoholics Foundation has created a training curriculum for caregivers focusing on parental substance abuse and the impact it has on kinship families. This outline utilizes lecture, small group discussion, and activities designed o be facilitated by a professional with a group of kinship caregivers in a support group setting or independently.

  • Teaching participants basic information about alcohol and other drug addiction
  • Promoting discussion of substance abuse related issues with children
  • Providing strategies to cope with the behavioral and emotional issues children in kinship care may present
  • Helping caregivers be supportive of parent/child relationships
  • Encouraging utilization of available support resources
  • Promoting improved relationships between caregivers and birthparents

The topics that will be covered in this curriculum include an overview of kinship care and parental substance abuse; introduction to alcohol, other drugs, and addiction; caregiver feelings; understanding and supporting the child; talking about substance abuse with children; caregiver relationships with birthparents; maintaining a safe home; supporting the parent-child relationship; and accessing support.

To learn more about the handbook, fact sheets, curriculum or training and consultation services, contact Kim Sumner-Mayer, Kinship Care Outreach Manager, at, call (646) 505-2063 or visit the Children Of Alcoholics Foundation's website at: