The goal of SOFAR (Supporting Our Families through Addiction and Recovery) is to create a medical home in the pediatric primary care clinic for parents in recovery and their children. SOFAR provides ongoing support for families to enhance child development as well as ongoing support for recovery, with access to specialty care and social services.
SOFAR works to coordinate infants’ primary care visits with any additional care that parents and babies need, to minimize the number of visits required.
Evidence shows that post-partum mothers in recovery are at extremely high risk for relapse and overdose, particularly in the second half of a newborn's first year. According to the state's analysis of overdose deaths, nearly four in 10 deaths among women who gave birth between 2011 and 2015 were caused by opioid overdoses, compared with two in 10 among women who did not give birth.
SOFAR hopes to change those odds by keeping mothers healthy so they can care for and nurture their babies.
Listen in on Dr. Eileen Costello talking about why family centered addiction care is so important
Pediatrics - Primary Care
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Treatments & Services
- Primary care
- Pediatric infectious disease care
- Developmental assessment and links to early intervention services
- Social work support (DCF follow up, links to other social resources)
SOFAR is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, social workers, patient navigators, nurse practitioners, and coordinators who provide high-quality, coordinated medical and psychosocial care for families to maximize their ability to successfully navigate parenting and substance use recovery. SOFAR expands on the multidisciplinary prenatal care provided by Project RESPECT for pregnant women with opioid use disorder.
Children and families of the opioid epidemic: Under the radar. Stulac S, Bair-Merritt M, Wachman EM, Augustyn M, Howard C, Madoor N, Costello E.Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2019 Aug;49(8):100637. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2019.07.002. Epub 2019 Sep 5.
Low Barrier Tele-Buprenorphine in the Time of COVID-19: A Case Report. Harris M, Johnson S, Mackin S, Saitz R, Walley AY, Taylor JL.J Addict Med. 2020 Jul/Aug;14(4):e136-e138. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000682.PMID: 32433364 Free PMC article.
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