A healthy mom means a healthier baby. Take steps today for yourself and for your child.
If you are pregnant and are using drugs or alcohol, we can connect you to the chemical health services you need. Call 612-348-4111 to get started.
Using drugs and alcohol puts your baby at risk for premature birth and low birth weight. As the children grow older, they continue to be at risk for developmental and learning disabilities.
Mothers who use drugs and alcohol can have other problems that affect their children’s lives, including domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, criminal activity and mental health issues.
The mothers, other concerned people, the courts, or child protection workers may refer pregnant women to Project CHILD (Chemical Health Intervention, Linkage, and Development), if the women are found to be using controlled substances, or using alcohol habitually or excessively.
End the spiral
Hennepin County’s Project CHILD program can help you make a better future for yourself and your child by helping you to get off drugs and alcohol and into a healthier lifestyle.
At Project CHILD, we know that change is difficult and scary. Our services include education, support, one-to-one counseling, referrals for help in your community, assistance with basic needs and parenting education. We will help you get a chemical health assessment. Even if you have no medical insurance you may qualify for treatment services.
If you are dependent on opiates or narcotics such as heroin, morphine, codeine or Oxycodone, we can help you end your dependence and get medication-assisted treatment.
In 2015, 48 of the 52 mothers who completed the project had babies that were born chemical-free, and 46 of them were able to keep their babies. Some were referred to child protection for monitoring, but even if the child is removed at birth, they may be able to be reunified with their children later.
Project CHILD services are for women age 16 and older who are less than 34 weeks pregnant. We recommend a chemical health assessment, available at most treatment facilities.
Call 612-348-4111 for more information.
Information for mandated reporters
Health care and social services professionals, educators, child care workers and others may be required to report when concerns about chemical abuse by a pregnant woman.
We accept referrals by phone at 612-879- 3609, or by fax at 612-321-3771. To make a report involving a pregnant woman younger than 16, or a woman whose pregnancy is beyond 34 weeks, call 612-348-3552.