Welcome to Franklin County Caring Communities.
We know it intuitively, but research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs. Check out NIDA to learn more and participate in a “family checkup.”
January 28-February 1 is National Drug Facts Week. Click here to test your knowledge on drugs.
Ever wonder what makes teens tick? Wonder how to interact with them in a way to reduce the chance that they’ll engage in risky behaviors like underage drinking and other drug use? View this media clip from a presentation by Michael Nerney, renowned prevention expert, and learn how youth process information and emotions, and how you as a caring adult can influence their decisions.
Parents, “Safe Homes Parent Network” is a way for you to connect, support one another, and keep kids safe and substance free across Franklin County. We’re inviting parents to “sign on” to the following:
- I will actively supervise all gatherings of youth in our home or on our property, or ask another responsible adult for help to do so.
- I will not allow the possession of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs by youth in our home or on our property.
- I will set expectations for my children by knowing where they are going, whom they are with, what they are doing, and when they are to return home.
Check out ParentUp for tips on recognizing substance use in teens, talking to your kids and teens about underage drinking and other drug use, and preparing them for safe, fun, substance free parties and events.
Franklin County’s Stop Teen Alcohol Risk Team (START), a partnership with our law enforcement agencies, Court Diversion, the State’s Attorney, and the Vermont Department of Liquor Control, was busy in May and June and will continue to conduct proactive patrols through the summer. Why START? The purpose of this partnership is to reduce underage access to alcohol by enforcing laws regarding social hosting, enabling, and furnishing alcohol to minors. Click here for more on START.
Looking to get more involved in County-wide prevention and positive youth development? Consider becoming a mentor, getting involved in “Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol,” or joining our board. We all benefit when our members take an active role in guiding our coalition’s prevention initiatives. Contact Beth 527-5049 x 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Caring Communities is a proud supporter of Front Porch Forum, a web-based community network. If you live or work in St. Albans, Fairfield, or Richford, your community has Front Porch Forum. Check it out and join the conversation.
And, if you’d like to support Caring Communities and Watershed Mentoring financially, you can now donate online! Please click on the button to the right to be taken to a secure donation website.
Thanks for your interest and remember, we are ALL Caring Communities.