In an effort to help move children from risk to resiliency, PowerUp YOUth along with the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy are offerin a free regional training entitled "Changing Outcomes for Drug Endangered Children: A Multi-Disciplinary Response. According to organizers, the training will be held Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Bridge, 905 Des Moines St., Webster City. The training is open to all interested persons.
The training targets professionals who come in contact with drug endangered families and seeks to increase a collaborative response so no child falls through a hole in the community safety net and all children succeed, according to Kathy Getting, LMSW, Power Up YOUth coalition director.
"Strong communities protect the vulnerable among them. All children whose parents use illegal drugs are at risk," she said, adding that how much and risk for what varies.
The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children reports that children growing up in drug environments:
Are denied the core development experiences required to self-regulate relate, communicate and think;
Experience neglect, daily chaos, a lack of safety, poor communication, violence and disorganization;
Experience the breakdown of a child's sense of trust and belonging;
Often switch roles with the parent to become the caregiver.
"These childhood experiences lead to emotional, behavioral and cognitive problems. Too often parental substance abuse becomes the legacy they leave for their children," Getting said.
Those interested in learning more about the training or to register can contact Getting at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 832-9565, ext. 235.