Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute

Parent-Child Assistance Program: Intervention with High-Risk Alcohol and Drug Abusing Mothers

The Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) is an evidence-based home
visitation case-management model for mothers who abuse alcohol or drugs
during pregnancy. Its goals are to help mothers build healthy families
and prevent future births of children exposed prenatally to alcohol and

PCAP’s primary aims are:

  • to assist substance-abusing pregnant and parenting mothers in
    obtaining alcohol and drug treatment, staying in recovery, and resolving
    myriad complex problems related to their substance abuse;
  • to assure that the children are in safe, stable home environments and receiving appropriate health care;
  • to link mothers to community resources that will help them build and maintain healthy, independent family lives;
  • to prevent the future births of alcohol and drug-affected children.


Therese M. Grant, PhD PI (UW ADAI)

Project Staff

Cara Ernst, MA Evaluator (UW ADAI)
Chris Graham, PhD Statistician (UW ADAI)
Stacy Dimmich, BA Research Coordinator (UW ADAI)

Fund Information

Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR)
Start: January 1, 1997
Status: current