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Identifying Drug Endangered Children: A Collaborative Approach



This training was presented on May 2, 2023



This training will help participants understand who drug endangered children are along with the risks and long-term impacts associated with parental and caregiver substance misuse and drug activity. Trainers will discuss the importance of and opportunities for early identification and intervention and the need for multidisciplinary collaborative efforts to identify and help these children. Trainers will provide examples that all disciplines can relate to and activities to assist in understanding this challenging topic. Trainers will help attendees understand the opportunities to change the trajectories of the lives of drug-endangered children and break multigenerational cycles.


Learners will:

  • Understand the risks and long-term impacts associated with parental and caregiver substance misuse and drug activity
  • Understand the many opportunities to identify drug endangered children and the benefits of early intervention
  • Learn what multidisciplinary collaborative efforts look like and how they incorporate the unique and often limited resources within a community and apply them in a manner that provides better care for drug-endangered children


Who should attend: Staff of Family Resource Centers and Child Abuse Prevention Councils, Child Welfare, Law Enforcement, District Attorney’s, Judges, Probation/Parole, Service Providers, Education, Fire, EMS, and other first responders, who have a job which impacts children and families.



  • This is a webinar-style training. This means that you will not be on camera and will not be able to see other learners. This training will not include breakout rooms. Opportunities to interact with the presenter(s) and other participants will be included.
  • This training will not be recorded.
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Lieutenant (Retired) Eric Nation began his career in law enforcement in 1994 and has held numerous positions, including Correctional Officer, Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Lieutenant Deputy Sheriff, as was as 6 years in a undercover narcotics unit and then Commander of that unit for 5 years.

Nation helped start and develop the Jasper County Drug Endangered Children Alliance and is a member of the National DEC Criminal Justice Working Group. He is a Certified Core DEC Instructor who has helped training of thousands of professional across United States.

Nation’s efforts for drug-endangered children in Jasper County earned him the 2009 “Ongoing Victims Service Award” and the 2011 National Drug Endangered Children Collaborative Leadership Award. He participated in the Defending Childhood Initiative and Working Group Meeting on Law Enforcement and Children’s Exposure to Violence – United States Attorney General Eric Holder – Washington D.C., and was a member of the Children Exposed to Violence Advisory Working Group, which developed the International Association of Chiefs of Police Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Children Exposed to Violence.



Eric Nation

Director of Training and Development, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children


Stacee Read is the Director of DEC Network Development and the Child Welfare Expert for National DEC. She is responsible for development and oversight of State and Tribal DEC Alliances, providing technical assistance to the National DEC network, and curriculum and publication development. Stacee is also a lead trainer and has trained thousands of professionals and community members on child welfare issues, collaboration and multidisciplinary teams, community development, evidence/information collection, local alliance development, and other specific drug issues. Stacee is co-author and developer of the DEC Approach Training Curriculum, Local DEC Development Facilitation Curriculum, National DEC’s Roadmap and Toolkit, DEC Briefing Training, DEC Guide for Law Enforcement, DEC Guide for Law Enforcement: Key Insights for Partnering, and more.

Stacee’s career in the child welfare field has included varied experience as a Child Abuse and Neglect Investigator, Associate Ombudsman, Safety Specialist, Institutional Abuse Review Team Leader, Fatality Review Team Facilitator, and Supervisor, Manager, and Crisis Counselor. Her depth of experience in child welfare issues made her a key member on committees and workgroups such as the Substance Exposed Newborns Steering Committee, Rural Law Enforcement Meth Initiative, CO Child Protection Ombudsman Advisory Board, and the CDHS Prone Restraint Workgroup.
Stacee is most proud of her current work with communities, helping them develop DEC alliances to address the impact of the opioid and substance abuse epidemic on children and families. Stacee works collaboratively on community assessments, protocols, MOU’s, DEC promising practices, and community development and change.



Stacee Read, MSW

Director of DEC Network Development, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children