Drug endangered children: Examining children removed from methamphetamine laboratories

Amy L. Pennar, Alyson F. Shapiro, Judy Krysik

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Children removed from methamphetamine laboratories are a severely understudied population despite the widespread deprivation parental methamphetamine abuse has on children, particularly in homes where methamphetamine is produced. A sample of 144 children removed from their homes during the seizure of methamphetamine laboratories, as part of the Arizona Drug Endangered Children program, was investigated. Results indicate that younger children were more likely to be determined by Child Protective Services as high or moderate risk of further abuse, test positive for methamphetamine, and have maternal alleged perpetrators of abuse. Older children were more likely to be designated low risk for further abuse, test negative for methamphetamine, and have paternal alleged perpetrators of abuse. Results also show that children initially placed in foster care were more likely to remain in foster care at the final assessment than to be living with a parent or kin. These findings have implications for individuals working with children removed from homes with methamphetamine laboratories, and recommendations based on study findings are offered to child and family advocates and interventionists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1777-1785
Number of pages9
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Child abuse
  • Drug exposure
  • Fathers
  • Foster care
  • Methamphetamine laboratory
  • Neglect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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