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Disrupting the intergenerational effects of child welfare involvement and transforming the systems that contribute to intrusive interventions and family separation.

The health and well-being of children is inextricably linked to the health and well-being of their parents. To ensure safety for children, we must shift the paradigm from asking “What is wrong with this parent?” to “What does the parent need?”. We must reimagine how we support families experiencing vulnerabilities, while addressing child safety AND the needs of parents in order to reduce the need for intrusive interventions and family separation.  

We imagine a future where the health and well-being of youth and their parents who use a substance are supported without shame, fear, or discrimination.

Capacity building & Knoweldge Mobilization

Substance use stigma is a well-known determinant of health and barrier to support for parents, and also their children. These barriers result in intergenerational cycles of stress and trauma. Marrying relevant data with the stories of youth impacted by the stigma of a parent’s substance use, our team provides valuable insight into the socio-historical context of substance use-related discrimination, the gaps in current literature, policies, and resources, while sharing evidence–informed and peer identified recommendations for improving the care families receive. 

Parent Empowerment

Trauma work tells us to change, "what's wrong with you" to "what happened to you", but we are inspiring society to ask, WHAT DOES THIS FAMILY NEED? Guided by scientific evidence and informed by our lived experience, our youth and adult peers who have grown up with the stress and stigma of a parent's substance use are informing new ways of understanding stigma and its intergenerational consequences.

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Knowledge Equity

Created with the wisdom of peers with lived experience of parental substance use stigma, our resources for youth, adults,  and parents are equipping families with the knowledge and tools needed to advocate and move forward with hope and healing. 

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The health and well-being of children is inextricably linked to the health and well-being of their parents. To ensure safety for children, we must shift the paradigm from asking “What is wrong with this parent?” to “What does the parent need?”. We must reimagine how we support families experiencing vulnerabilities, while addressing child safety AND the needs of parents in order to reduce the need for intrusive interventions and family separation.  

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First of its kind report highlighting how stigma harms children who are exposed to a parent's substance use disorder.

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