Region 5 South coalitions and community partners gathered in Maury County for a presentation on Drug Endangered Children Awareness.
Coalitions representing Coffee, Franklin, Lawrence and Maury Counties were in attendance. The training was provided by the Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (TADEC).
Coalitions and community partners agreed to participate in future proclamation signings in their county's to promote National Drug Endangered Children Awareness Day on April 24th. Future meetings will be held to move these counties from DEC awareness to Action.
The DEC Approach is a comprehensive strategy based on a common vision, a collaboration that is on-going between various disciplines and agencies, and on-going changes in practice. This DEC Approach has proven to be effective in improving the likelihood of better outcomes for drug endangered children. This training provides insights about how various practitioners—including child welfare professionals, law enforcement officers, court/judicial professionals, prosecutors, probation/parole, medical personnel, educators and treatment providers—are in a position to identify, protect, and serve drug endangered children and their families.