In Washington State, we are all very concerned about children who are found at meth sites, but we are equally concerned about the effect that the parent or caretaker's drug use has on the well being of the children. While meth labs may be on the decline in our state, the use of meth and other drugs is on the increase. The use of these illegal substances has resulted in a very significant increase in the number of families who have been referred to Child Protective Services. These children need to be protected from not only their parent's drug use, but mostly from the side effects which range from physical abuse to sexual abuse, and pervasive profound neglect. These children are not growing up healthy. They fail in school in larger numbers, they are rejected by their peers, they have more mental health issues and they have parents who model abusive and neglectful behaviors for them. These are our adults and parents of the future!
The mission of the Washington State Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Alliance is to pursue safety for our most vulnerable citizens, our children. We will continue to support and facilitate collaborative efforts between all governmental and private organizations to:
provide safety for our children
provide resources to children found in these conditions
work to break the cycle of drug abuse
provide educational support
Our Goal: Healthy, Happy & Safe Children - 100%
This project was supported by Award No. 2008-DD-BX-0574 awarded to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Office of Justice Programs within the U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice.