Children Of Alcoholism And Substance Abuse (COASA)
The Children Of Alcoholism And Substance Abuse (COASA) program supports children of alcoholism and substance abuse by advocating for them in community forums and developing appropriate supportive educational groups for them throughout Boston. COASA facilitates school and community-based prevention/intervention services, adapting them to the particular needs of the children served.
Research suggests that 15 percent of U.S. children are exposed to alcohol abuse and/or substance abuse in the family, and children who experience alcoholism and substance abuse in their lives often suffer from a wide variety of problems, including poor self-esteem and problems with relationships.
COASA works within Boston neighborhoods with existing drug coalitions and with the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR). The program offers resources to the children regardless of whether the parents are in treatment.
Specific services include:
Children who receive services through COASA know they are not alone in their struggle to understand the impact of alcohol and substance abuse on their families.
Bringing Families Together: Models of Hope and Recovery,a video presentation representing child welfare, substance abuse and the family and communities and providers. The video was developed by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) to help States, Tribal, and local communities overcome barriers and identify strategies to facilitate effective partnerships between mental health services, substance use treatment, child welfare, and family courts.