Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Drug Endangered Children Awareness Day

The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children observes DEC Awareness Month throughout April, but today is the day everyone involved in helping these children and their families is focusing on solutions. State and tribal DEC Alliances have spent this month getting proclamations signed, coordinating social media campaigns and organizing events with state and local governments. National Alliance DEC Vice President Lori Moriarty has created this short video to highlight why we work so hard to make a difference for drug endangered children and their families.

Do you want to hear more about what Lori has to say? Sign up for one of our tuition-free regional training sessions, where Lori will expand on the role of National DEC in protecting our children. Lori will also be helping tribal professionals develop an action plan for improving identification of drug endangered children in your community through a collaborative approach in a tuition-free webinar this November 6.

If you think drug endangered children deserve more awareness year around, we agree! So does Michele Justice, the owner of Personnel Security Consultants, Inc. We've featured PSC as one of our Native businesses in the spotlight, in part because of their dedication to raising awareness about DEC through their community calendar program. PSC sponsors an annual art contest to gather art from Native students to illustrate the beautiful "Our Children, Our Responsibility" calendar. This beautiful calendar features monthly tips on identifying and reporting DEC in your community, covering topics such as who is a mandated reporter, who receives reports of child abuse, types of abuse and more. The numbers for the childhelp national abuse hotline and the Indian Country child abuse hotline are printed on every page. Use their online order form if you just need a few, but if you are ordering for a large department, contact PSC to discuss bulk rates.

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