The Plan of Safe Care is a tool designed to support pregnant women and families at risk for or experiencing substance use issues. The goal of a Plan of Safe Care is to strengthen the family, help mothers have a healthy pregnancy, and keep child(ren) safely at home. By utilizing this tool, families can demonstrate the progress they are making in their recovery, preparations made to provide a safe and stable home, and supports they have in place.
A Plan of Safe Care should be developed with the mother and family in coordination with all of the service providers involved in the care of the mother, her child(ren), and family. Anyone can introduce the Plan of Safe Care to a family.
The Plan of Safe Care was designed to support pregnant women and families at risk for or experiencing substance use issues. However, the tool may be beneficial to other populations (e.g., families involved with child welfare or who have experienced homelessness, incarceration, domestic violence, etc). Providers are encouraged to use the tool with any and all families they feel could benefit.
To assist organizations and providers who work with vulnerable pregnant women and families, we have created a series of short informational videos and downloadable resources to help get started.
For more information, please contact Beth Van Horne at firstname.lastname@example.org
This module provides a brief overview of the Plan of Safe Care, including: the purpose, why it was created, types of families that can benefit, when should it be introduced, and who can/should be involved.
This module is intended for all levels of provider as well as administrative staff and leadership to get a better understanding of the purpose and use of the Plan of Safe Care.