Termination of Parental Rights for Parents with Substance Use Disorder: For Whom and Then What?

Publication Abstract

Hong, Jun Sung, Joseph P. Ryan, Pedro M. Hernandez, and Suzanne Brown. 2014. "Termination of Parental Rights for Parents with Substance Use Disorder: For Whom and Then What?" Social Work in Public Health, 29(6): 503-517.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the correlates of termination of parental rights (TPR) for parents with substance use disorder (SUD) and to determine what happens with regard to permanency once a TPR decision is made. Bivariate techniques and hierarchical nonlinear modeling are used. Parents of older youth, boys, and Hispanics were less likely, whereas parents who failed to make progress in substance use treatment and parenting skills are more likely to experience TPR. At follow up, 85% of the children were adopted, 7% remained in a substitute care settings, and 7% were reunified with their parents. Concerns remain for children without a permanent home setting.

10.1080/19371918.2014.884960

Country of focus: United States of America.

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