Omeera Qadir

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

Brown, Laurel E.

Second Advisor

Shiner, Lisa

Third Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


Parents involved in the child welfare system often receive substance abuse services. However, the Adoptions and Safe Families Act (ASFA) time frames for permanency may not be addressing all of the long-term needs of families who are involved within the system. The purpose of this research study was to assess the effectiveness of substance abuse services in promoting family reunification under the ASFA timelines for parents whose children are dependents of the Juvenile Court. The primary information being analyzed was the case files of 50 families who were involved in Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), Children's Services Division from January to June 2008, where at least one parent was receiving some form of substance abuse treatment.