Children of Substance Abusers Learn Coping Skills

Service program for children of substance abusers

In 1993, Services to Overcome Drug Abuse Among Teenagers developed Project HELP (Healing and Empowering with Love and Play), a comprehensive program for children of substance abusers in southern New Jersey.

Project HELP provided structured support groups designed to teach children self-protection and coping skills.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey Health Initiatives national program.

Key Results

Project HELP:

  • Facilitated 125 children's groups at 61 locations, reaching 1,102 children of substance abusers (COSAs) ages 4 to 17.
  • Supplied 400 parents/caregivers with information on coping and discipline skills.
  • Provided Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) to teach proper disciplining and communication techniques to 266 parents.
  • Trained New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) and Family Court personnel in two southern New Jersey counties, Gloucester and Burlington.