Substance abuse in the family is known to have a risk
of being passed from generation to generation if not
intervened timely. Pregnant women who are substance
abusive endanger not only their own lives but also those
of their newborns, who suffer the risks of infant death
and multiple developmental problems.
We believe that a new life denotes hope. It is thus
a golden opportunity for the mothers-to-be to re-evaluate
their life goals and to re-organize their life. We also
regard this to be a booster for substance-abusive women
to make up their mind to adapt a healthy lifestyle and
become a responsible mother. Hence, we have specially
designed the project “Breaking the Cycle of Abuse” with
an aim to improve the health and welfare of the substance-abusive
pregnant women and their newborns through early engagement
and multi-disciplinary collaboration. This 2-year project
is funded by the Community Chest and will be launched
in September 2004.
Our services begin with early identification of potential
service users. This is done through networking with
rehab-professionals including social workers of drug
treatment agencies and outreaching social work teams,
gynecologists and obstetricians and alike. Through antenatal
check and Reality Check Programs on the possible consequences
of drug use, we intend to motivate the substance-abusive
pregnant women to change for the sake of themselves
and their babies. Intensive services including detoxification
and relapse prevention programs, pre-and post-natal
care programs as well as individual and/or group guidance
will be provided.
Services for the newborns include periodic assessment
in the first 3 months after birth to check for signs
of delayed development and referrals to the Early Education
Training Centre Service for long-term care and skills
training/coaching for parents. Support from Emergency
Foster Care Service and other community services will
also be solicited whenever necessary.
In order to provide a comprehensive and one-stop service,
a multi-disciplinary team comprising of social worker,
registered nurse and special childcare worker will be
formed. Services will be coordinated and packaged in
an outreaching approach attending to the special needs
of the substance-abusive mothers and their children
throughout the processes of pregnancy and childbirth.
Monday to Saturday : 2:30pm - 6:00pm
Address: 5/F, 33 Granville Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon,
Hong Kong SAR.
Tel: 2731 6342
Fax: 2739 6966
This project is funded by Chest.