Blending Perspectives and Building Common Ground. How many children live with substance abusing parents?
The child welfare system serves children who come to its attention as the result of abuse and neglect reports. These children, however, are a small fraction of those who live in households in which a parent has a serious alcohol or drug problem. Data from the 1996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA) reveal that an estimated 8.3 mil