Presented by the Indiana Consortium of Family Organizations and the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana

Hoosier Children Caught in the Opioid Crisis:
Programs, Policy, Progress

November 20, 2018
1:00-3:00 p.m.

History Reference Room (second floor)
Indiana State Library
315 W Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Over the past three years, the number of children in Indiana’s foster care system has steadily increased to the highest number in history. In over half of cases where children were removed from home, parents’ substance abuse was a factor – most often involving opioids. As state agencies and commissions continue their work on opioid treatment programs, what family recovery programs are working in other states? How can Indiana work with families, treatment providers, and the courts, to keep Hoosier families together? Learn about policies and programs being implemented and evaluated in other states and learn about the progress of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

This event is free to attend.  

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Opening Remarks Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, PhD, Director Center for Families, Purdue University

Jim McClelland, Executive Director of Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement, State of Indiana


The Crossroads of Parental Substance Use and Child Welfare


Joseph Ryan, PhD, Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, ISR, University of Michigan


Treating the Family to Benefit the State


Martin Hall, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

Evaluator, Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Team (START) in Kentucky

Progress in Indiana and Looking Ahead David Reed, Deputy Director for Child Welfare Services, Indiana Department of Child Services
Q&A Julie Whitman, Executive Director, Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana


Joseph P. Ryan, PhD
Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies, ISR
University of Michigan

Dr. Ryan is the Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Data Lab an applied research center focused on using data to drive policy and practice decisions in the field. He is currently involved with several studies including a randomized clinical trial of recovery coaches for substance abusing parents in Illinois (AODA Demonstration) , a foster care placement prevention study for young children in Michigan (MI Family Demonstration), a Pay for Success (social impact bonds) study focused on high risk adolescents involved with the Illinois child welfare and juvenile justice system and a study of the educational experiences of youth in foster care (Kellogg Foundation Education and Equity). He is currently serving on the editorial board of four journals (Child Maltreatment, Social Work Research, Residential Treatment for Children and Youth and Child Welfare).

Dr. Ryan is committed to building strong University and public agency partnerships that utilize empirical evidence to advance knowledge and address critical questions in the fields of child welfare and juvenile justice.


Martin Hall, PhD
Associate Professor of Social Work, Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville

Dr. Hall serves as the evaluator for the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Team (START) program in Kentucky and also conducts research on the epidemiology of nonmedical prescription drug use, particularly in understudied populations (e.g., rural Appalachians; institutionalized youth; women on probation and parole). Previous studies have focused on establishing and understanding subtypes of nonmedical prescription drug users, as well as the relationship between health status and nonmedical prescription drug use. Dr. Hall was a National Institute on Drug Abuse Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and  completed a clinical Post-Masters Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery at the Durham (NC) Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center.

At the University of Louisville, Dr. Hall serves as a Faculty Senator and on the steering committee of the University’s Building Resiliency in Campus Community (BRICC) Coalition, an effort to reduce high-risk drinking and substance use in the campus community. He teaches courses on advanced social work practice and substance use in the M.S.S.W. program.


David Reed
Deputy Director for Child Welfare Services
Indiana Department of Child Services

David Reed currently serves as the Deputy Director of Child Welfare Services for the Indiana Department of Child Services, and has been in that role since September 2017. Prior to his employment at DCS, he was a Conflict Guardian ad Litem and Trainer at Child Advocates, Inc. for two years, and also worked for 17 years at The Villages of Indiana, Inc., where he served in a variety of positions including Clinical Director and Senior Director of Client Services. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the social work field since 1995 in a range of settings including residential and acute treatment centers, group homes, outpatient counseling centers, and private practice, but the majority of his career has involved working with foster youth and children and families involved with the child welfare system. He is a nationally-certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) therapist, and has been a Credentialed Sexually Abusive Youth Clinician (CSAYC) since 2007. He was a faculty member of the Indiana Association of Juvenile Sex Offender Practitioners (IN-AJSOP) and regularly trained therapists and other social work professionals on how to best work with youth who exhibit sexually maladaptive behaviors. He has presented at a number of conferences on the topics of trauma, attachment, childhood mental health, and parenting.


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Hoosier Children Caught in the Opioid Crisis: Programs, Policy, Progress
is an extension of Indiana Consortium of Family Organizations’ Indiana Family Impact Seminars, and the Center for Families’ Status of Indiana Families Symposium Series.
Indiana Consortium of Family Organizations membership: Center for Families, Purdue University; Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Ball State University; Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children; Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, CTSI; Indiana Extension Homemakers Association®; Indiana Family Services; Indiana University School of Public Health – Bloomington; Indiana Youth Institute; National Association of Social Workers – Indiana Chapter; Marion County Commission on Youth, MCCOY; Purdue University Extension, Health and Human Sciences. For further information, contact the Center for Families at Purdue University at or (765) 494-9878.