Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Women who are using alcohol or drugs heavily during pregnancy, or who did and had their baby in the past 6 months, and are not effectively connected with community service providers; and their children

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 3

Brief Description

Maternal alcohol/drug abuse puts children at risk because of possible effects of prenatal exposure on the child’s health and because these mothers are likely to provide a compromised home environment. These problems are preventable by helping the mothers build healthy and independent lives. Since 1991, PCAP has served high-risk mothers who abuse alcohol/drugs during pregnancy and their families using a theory-based model (relational theory, stages of change, and harm reduction). PCAP intervention activities are conducted by trained and supervised case managers who each work with 16 families for 3 years, beginning during pregnancy or postpartum. PCAP case managers have experienced similar adverse life circumstances as clients, have subsequently achieved success in important ways, are positive role models, and offer hope from a realistic perspective. They provide regular home visitation, and help clients obtain treatment and stay in recovery. They connect families with comprehensive services including health, housing, parenting, and vocational services.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) are:

  • Assist mothers in obtaining alcohol and drug treatment and staying in recovery
  • Link mothers and their families to community resources that will help them build and maintain healthy and independent family lives
  • Help mothers prevent the births of future alcohol- and drug-affected children

Contact Information

Therese M. Grant, PhD
Title: Director, Washington State Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)
Agency/Affiliation: University of Washington
Department: Health Sciences Administration, Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit
Phone: (206) 543-7155
Fax: (206) 685-2903

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2015

Last CEBC Contact Date: May 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: October 2009