Baird says the government will talk with the public, doctors, experts in addiction and social service agencies over the next month.
Human Rights Commissioner Keith Norton says drug addiction is "a handicap" and people can't be kicked off welfare because of it.
But Social Services Minister John Baird says the government's plan is not meant to punish people.
She said parents who entered into an intervention with parental agreement (IPA) would be forced to undergo mandatory drug testing.
Under the IPAs, parents developed a safety plan with child safety officers, Ms Fentiman said.
Today 47 of the 50 states have legislation or court cases that regulate specific drug-testing requirements.
In 2008, approximately 50 million drug screens were performed on employees by 40 different SAMHSA certified laboratories.Some groups are already saying they'll oppose the legislation because it violates basic human rights.Liberal critic Michelle Gravelle called the mandatory tests a grotesque abuse of power and a farce.Private employers also saw the value of drug testing and instituted Drug-Free Workplace programs.Today, approximately 90% of Fortune 1000 companies and 62% of all employers in the United States have mandatory drug-testing programs.In 1986, the Reagan Administration began recommending a drug testing program for employers as part of the War on Drugs program.