America is in the midst of an epidemic of addiction to opioids.  The epidemic’s impact on foster care and foster parents is staggering and heart-breaking, especially when it involves the youngest victims – opioid-impacted babies born to addicted mothers.  Touched by Addiction: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome - Its Impact on Children, Families and Communities is a training program for both foster families and healthcare professionals on opioid use among pregnant women and the impact on their babies’ health and development.  It includes:

  • What is involved in an opioid addiction is and how at-risk mothers can be identified ahead of time;
  • How babies are assessed for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), and what symptoms foster parents can expect to see;
  • What techniques have foster parents found in terms of caring for these infants;
  • What insights the available research can and cannot provide regarding long-term impacts;
  • What resources are available to foster parents with an infant with NAS.


This program was developed by KidsPeace and made possible by funding from Foundations Community Partnerships, the Genuardi Family Foundation and TE Connectivity.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Course Introduction

    • Introduction

  • 2

    Session One

    • Opioid Training Session One Part.1

    • Opioid Training Session One Part.2

    • Opioid Training Session One Part.3

  • 3

    Session Two

    • Opioid Training Session Two Part.1

    • Opioid Training Session Two Part.2

    • Opioid Training Session Two Part.3

  • 4

    Session Three

    • Opioid Training Session Three Part.1

    • Opioid Training Session Three Part.2

  • 5

    Quiz

    • Opioid Training Quiz

What others have been saying about this course:

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Touched By Addiction

MARRIANE MCLEAN

Very informational and well versed.

Very informational and well versed.

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Very informative

minnie breedlove

I learned a lot of new things from this training. Specially the part regarding infants with NaS and current withdraw techniques used to help them cope. I hav...

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I learned a lot of new things from this training. Specially the part regarding infants with NaS and current withdraw techniques used to help them cope. I have gleamed some really good things and hope that other providers and families alike can be exposed to this same information for the benefit of children and families affected by addictions.

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The title is approprite to content

kimberly Mixell

Touched by addiction was very helpful in knowing what to expect and helpful suggestions for caring for infants and children exposed to drugs.

Touched by addiction was very helpful in knowing what to expect and helpful suggestions for caring for infants and children exposed to drugs.

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Elizabeth Kotulski

This was very informative as I am a new foster parent. Our first placement is a NAS baby. She seems so much like a "normal" baby as this point. This cours...

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This was very informative as I am a new foster parent. Our first placement is a NAS baby. She seems so much like a "normal" baby as this point. This course helped me to realize that she may encounter more challenges as she ages as well as what things to look for going forward. The presentation was very straight forward. I wish that there was a document to accompany this training for a quick review in the future.

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Touched by adddiction

Richard Dow

I found this training somewhat basic but still informative. I and my wife have been foster parents to special needs children for 25 years. Many years ago we ...

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I found this training somewhat basic but still informative. I and my wife have been foster parents to special needs children for 25 years. Many years ago we where trained to not over stimulate addicted babies because they would cry for hours. Proper support by professionals, proper care and lots of love have given us a great deal of success in our many years of caring for these children, So much for over stimulation! Thank You for this presentation. I am going to research further into the care of these addicted children as to be ready for when the time comes.

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Sadie Carter

The training was very informative and easy to understand. This training will help us understand our children's issues more and their parents.

The training was very informative and easy to understand. This training will help us understand our children's issues more and their parents.

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