PCAP is …

The Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) was founded in 1991 by Dr. Therese Grant at the University of Washington as a federally funded research project. This evidence-based home visitation case management model was created to help mothers who abuse alcohol or drugs during their pregnancy. The primary goal of PCAP is to prevent future births of alcohol and/or drug exposed children.

For more information on the history of the program visit the University of Washington PCAP site.

Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP), formerly known as Safe Babies Safe Moms, works with mothers to provide recovery support to build and maintain healthy, independent family lives and assure that children are in safe and stable homes.

PCAP is an evidence‐based home visitation case‐management model for mothers who abuse alcohol or drugs during pregnancy. Its goals are to help mothers build healthy families and prevent future births of children exposed prenatally to alcohol and drugs.

PCAP uses trained and supervised case managers to provide intensive case management and interventions for 3 years. Case managers assist clients in goal setting and identifying steps to achieve goals, obtaining alcohol/drug treatment, long-term recovery support, choosing a family planning method, child health care/immunizations, and obtaining permanent, stable housing. PCAP connects mothers with community services and works to solve system barrier issues. Often, case managers attend court hearings with clients, advocating for them and getting their voices heard.

PCAP’s Primary Aims

  • To assist substance-abusing pregnant and parenting mothers in obtaining alcohol and drug treatment, staying in recovery, and resolving myriad complex problems related to their substance abuse
  • To assure the children are in safe, stable home environments and receiving appropriate health care
  • To link mothers to community resources that will help them build and maintain healthy, independent family lives
  • To prevent future births of alcohol and drug-affected children

Visit Our Regional Website https://depts.washington.edu/pcapuw/ to learn more about PCAP.


PCAP is hands down one of the best, most rewarding program I’ve ever been a part of. My counselor is beyond amazing. I can truly talk to her about absolutely anything and know that there is no judgment, only genuine feelings, concern, and the willingness to help me in any aspect of my life and my daughter’s life. Also, when my counselor is busy helping other clients, I always know I can talk to any of the other counselors that work there. PCAP is very welcoming, understanding, and non-judgmental which makes it easier for me to be open and comfortable. PCAP is helping me meet some of my life goals. I love PCAP!