Dr. Nancy K. Young is the Director of Children and Family Futures, a California-based research and policy institute whose purpose is to improve outcomes for children and families affected by substance use disorders. Dr. Young also serves as the Director of the federally-funded National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, which provides technical assistance to states, communities, and tribes to enhance cross-system approaches for the benefit of affected families. Dr. Young and her husband, Sid Gardner, have co-authored numerous policy analysis and evaluations on substance abuse in welfare and child welfare systems. Dr. Young holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree from the University of Southern California, School of Social Work. Nancy and Sid are adoptive parents of 19 and 20 year old children who embody the practice and policy issues about which they write.