National Organizations/Agencies

National Abandoned Infants Assistance (AIA) Resource Center - Substance Exposed Newborns

In 1988, Congress passed the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act to address the "boarder baby" phenomenon, wherein infants, particularly those perinatally exposed to drugs or HIV, reside in hospitals indefinitely due to difficulties in locating appropriate living arrangements. This legislation, which is administered by the Children's Bureau , provides funding to support the Resource Center and direct service projects. The program provides grants to support service programs that prevent the abandonment of children and to identify and address the needs of infants and young children, particularly those with HIV or AIDS and drug exposure.

The mission of the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center is to enhance the quality of social and health services delivered to children who are abandoned or at-risk of abandonment due to the presence of drugs and/or HIV in the family. The Resource Center provides training, information, support, and resources to service providers who assist these children and their families. Information specific to drug affected newborns can be found at:

The AIA produces a very comprehensive collection of resources related to substance-exposed newborns at

Their bi-annual newsletter can be found at:

Children's Research Triangle (CRT)

180 N. Michigan Ave, Ste 700
Chicago , IL 60601

CRT Research Institute reshapes strategies for the identification, assessment and treatment of children at high risk for health and behavioral health problems by conducting innovative research.

Child Study Center enhances research-based strategies through the evaluation and treatment of high-risk children and their families.

National Training Institute disseminates research-based clinical, organizational and policy guidelines through verbal, written, and electronic communication systems.

Department of Health and Human Services: Children's Bureau .

Provides access to information on promoting the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. Search the entire site by topic, locate Children's Bureau-sponsored conferences, and find details about the Children's Bureau's various Divisions. Other enhancements include:

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

The National Center on National Resource Center for Child Protective Services

The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect

Project funded by: Children's Bureau, of Health and Human Services. Grant # 90-CB-0154
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