Drug use by adults has a direct effect on children with whom they are in contact, either by example, by involvement, or in utero.
Drug Endangered Children are children who are at risk of suffering physical or emotional harm as a result of illegal drug use, possession, manufacturing, cultivation, or distribution by their caretakers or parents. They may also be children whose caretaker’s substance misuse interferes with the caretaker’s ability to parent and provide a safe and nurturing environment.
The Denver Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (Denver DEC) advocates intervention on behalf of these child victims through a collaborative effort that provides coordinated services and support. The Denver DEC team includes law enforcement, child protective services, medical and mental health professionals, attorneys, child advocates, school personnel, substance abuse treatment providers, and other community leaders.
The mission of the Denver Alliance for Drug Endangered Children is to identify and protect children, and to identify, provide and improve services utilizing the criminal justice system, child protective services, medical and mental health professionals, attorneys, child advocates, substance abuse treatment providers, and other community agencies with the goal of improving outcomes for these children.
In partnership with the Justice Initiative for Drug Endangered Children, Denver DEC focuses on promoting multi-disciplinary coordination within and outside of partner organizations, promoting education, training, and support, and developing efficient and effective strategies and tools that better leverage existing resources. Representatives of Denver DEC/JIDEF agencies and organizations meet bimonthly for coordination, education, and planning.
For more information contact:
If you know child/ren who are being neglected because their parents’/caregiver’s are abusing drugs or alcohol, please call the Denver Human Services hotline at 720-944-3000. Please provide the hotline technician with as much information as possible, including names and addresses of possible victims or suspects.