Breaking the Cycle

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Overview

Breaking the Cycle is a Toronto-based program for pregnant women and mothers of young children who are struggling with problems related to substance abuse and recovery issues. The program also focuses on their young children (prenatal to 6 years) whose physical, developmental and psychosocial health and well-being are at risk because of their prenatal exposure to drugs or because of their exposure to postnatal environments in which substances are being used.

Program objectives include: providing a collaborative, community based, comprehensive, integrated and cross-sectoral response; prevention through early identification of maltreatment; a single access and one-stop model with pregnancy outreach and home visitation components; and evaluation of this service delivery innovation. Program activities include screening, outreach, relapse prevention, the development of life skills, individual counselling, support groups, nutritional support, childcare, a developmental clinic, a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder diagnostic clinic, health and medical services, basic-needs support and probation and parole services.

Evaluations of Breaking the Cycle found several positive outcomes for children and their families, including: enhanced birth and perinatal outcomes, enhanced developmental outcomes, enhanced parenting confidence and competence, enhanced treatment outcomes, enhanced mother and child relationships, and decreased rates of separation of mother and child.

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