National DEC Conference

photo with an adult male with his arm around the shoulder of boyThe National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) is pleased to announce its eighth annual conference, to be held this year in partnership with Children and Family Futures (CFF). “Putting the Pieces Together for Children and Families: The National Conference on Substance Abuse, Child Welfare, and the Courts” is a three-day event that will focus on the role of substance use disorders as a central issue in child protection cases; family-based response models; ensuring sustainability of effective programs in the midst of a changing fiscal climate; and the effects of health care reform.

The purpose of the conference is to promote advances in research, policy, and practice for the development of more effective collaborative responses for children, youth, and families affected by substance use disorders and child abuse or neglect. The conference will feature more than 70 plenary sessions, workshops, panel discussions, and research briefings.

National DEC and CFF look forward to welcoming a broad spectrum of professionals from across the country, including child welfare providers, substance abuse treatment providers, juvenile and family court judges and attorneys, law enforcement, prosecutors, probation officers, prevention specialists, maternal and child health agencies, physicians, nurses, researchers and evaluators, educators, Tribal communities, community organizations serving youth, and children and adult mental health providers.
Registration for the 8th annual conference is currently open. Please visit for more information.

Chuck Noerenberg
National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children

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