The Drug Endangered Children Initiative
The Drug Endangered Children Initiative is now accepting referrals to help children impacted by the opioid crisis. Children who live in a home where a parent, sibling or other family member struggles with addiction are likely experiencing trauma. Grandparents increasingly find themselves raising grandchildren, and some children end up in the foster care system. The DEC Initiative seeks to help those families.
The Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a federal grant through the Office for Victims of Crime to create a county-wide response for children traumatized by substance misuse in the family. Building on the success of Plymouth County Outreach’s overdose follow ups, the DEC Initiative was created to bring services and support to families touched by the opioid crisis.
Functioning as a subcommittee of the Plymouth County Drug Abuse Task Force working with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office, Plymouth County police departments and schools, and the United Way of Greater Plymouth County’s Family Center, the DEC Initiative helps by providing services directly to the child and family and by helping to navigate complex systems. The DEC Initiative is also bringing awareness and training to agencies that encounter drug-endangered children and helping agencies identify and engage drug-endangered children. By enhancing the response of police departments and schools with trauma-informed training and assisting individual families, the DEC Initiative is helping children become more resilient and break the cycle of addiction.
To make a donation to this initiative, please click here and note "DECI" in the comment box. Thank you!
For more information or to make a referral, contact Hafsatu Stevens, DEC Clinical Advocate: 508-436-4152; firstname.lastname@example.org
Drug Endangered Children Initiative Materials
Timbi Talks & Hey, Kiddo Books
Please fill out the simple form below to be contacted to receive a Timbi Talks About Addiction book and Timbi stuffed animal and/or a Hey, Kiddo book at no cost. The recipient of the book(s) must be a resident of Plymouth County.
Timbi Talks is geared toward young children and is an "illustrated picture book designed to help children cope with a parent's substance use disorder".
Hey, Kiddo speaks to young adults/adolescents about "growing up in a family that battles addiction, finding the people who help get you through, and the art that helps you survive".