The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Announces New Core DEC Training Curriculum and 7th Annual Conference

image of big hands reaching down to small hands with tagline "Rescue. Defend. Shelter. Support"The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) is pleased to announce the rollout of the recently developed Core Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Training Curriculum, a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary community awareness training tool designed to meet the needs of local practitioners and state alliances as they work to engage their communities in the DEC effort.

Funded by the COPS Office, the intent of the Core DEC Training Curriculum is to provide a basic understanding of broad DEC concepts and to explain the key roles National DEC and state DEC alliances play in helping local communities adopt consistent response practices. It also addresses the complex issues associated with forming a sustained DEC response and promotes a collaborative model that aims for social change.

In June, National DEC conducted an inaugural train-the-trainer session in Denver, Colorado, with 25 practitioners from multiple disciplines—including law enforcement, prosecution, and child welfare—from across the country. They will be hosting a second train-the-trainer session the first week of October and additional sessions in coming months.

photo of man with arm around childAdditionally, National DEC will provide an overview of the Core DEC Training Curriculum at their upcoming national conference, to be held in Dallas, Texas, November 9–11, 2010 at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria. The Core DEC Training Curriculum overview will be a featured pre-conference workshop.

The 2010 National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) Conference is a three-day event that provides training on the latest research and best practice strategies for drug endangered children efforts at the local, state, and federal levels. It is designed to help practitioners in their day to day work. The result of the conference will be enhanced collaborative efforts to protect children from the harmful effects of their caregivers’ substance abuse.

Registration for the 7th annual conference is currently open. Please visit for more information.

The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children exists to help make a difference in the lives of children who are at risk because their parents or caregivers are manufacturing, dealing, cultivating, distributing, possessing, or using illicit drugs, or misusing other substances.  For additional information about drug endangered children and the work of National DEC, please contact the National DEC staff. Contact information is available on the National DEC website:

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