They are the youngest victims of America’s opioid epidemic – babies born to addicted mothers, who enter the world dependent on the drugs and at risk of severe withdrawal symptoms.
Individuals and families who are caring for these infants need information and guidance about the effects of opioid exposure in infants, both in the short and long term.
KidsPeace Foster Care in Southeastern Pennsylvania has launched a new online training program on caring for opioid-impacted babies. The free online training program expands on information developed for in-person trainings held last year in Bucks County. The three-session training can be accessed on KidsPeace’s online training portal at kidspeace.thinkific.com
The training is designed for foster and kinship care parents and healthcare professionals. It provides an overview of current understanding about opioid use among pregnant women and the impact on their babies’ health and development. The training also addresses Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), and highlights areas in which more research and information-sharing on the problem is needed.