Thursday, April 23, 2015

Police work to help drug endangered youth

STATE- Governor Dannel P. Malloy has proclaimed April 22, 2015, as Drug Endangered Children Awareness Day.
The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police, and its community partners recognize drug-endangered children as youth who are at risk of suffering physical or emotional harm as a result of illegal drug use, possession, manufacturing, cultivation or distribution by their caretakers.  They may also be children whose caretaker's substance misuse interferes with his/her ability to parent and provide a safe and nurturing environment.  
 The State Police, working in a collaborative effort with other state and local agencies, is committed to identifying children at risk and ensuring services are made available to these families to break the intergenerational cycle of abuse.
 The State Police accomplishes this in part through its participation in the Connecticut Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, a collaborative of nine state agencies and the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, which strives to improve the outcomes of drug-endangered children and youth. 
A recognition that “Children + Drugs = Risk” is the keystone of the collaborative approach to the work with drug-endangered children that includes families, community providers, DCF, law enforcement, other state agencies, faith-based organizations and other entities, providing services and support to those children at risk. If you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected please contact the DCF Careline at 1-800-842-2288.   Visit the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children's web site at



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