Touched By Addiction

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

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.

What others have been saying about this course:

MARRIANE MCLEAN

Touched By Addiction

Very informational and well versed.

minnie breedlove

Very informative

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 ...

kimberly Mixell

The title is approprite to content

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

Elizabeth Kotulski

Touched by Addiction

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 ...

Richard Dow

Touched by adddiction

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. Prop...

Sadie Carter

Touched by addiction

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