Following Up

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, we partnered with the Perkiomen Valley School District to talk with parents about having meaningful conversations with young children in an effort to deter substance use.

Thank you for being a part of the Conversation, Perkiomen Valley!
And thank you to the Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol for supporting our programs!

“It was so helpful to hear from parents who have experienced addiction with their children.”

“Tonight was fantastic! We need more youth in recovery to share their stories.”

“Really appreciate the work that’s being done to raise awareness. Thank you! Please give us more programs like this in PV at all levels to help our kids fighting this horrible epidemic.”

Our Panelists

Thank you to our wonderful Panelists for providing their expertise and insight:

  • Stacia Hang – Schwenksville Elementary School Counselor and Counseling Department Chairperson  

  • Chris Jackson – Perkiomen Valley Middle School East Counselor   

  • Deb Donahue – SAP Coordinator, Creative Health Services Inc.   

  • Michael D. – Perkiomen Valley School District Alumnus


  • Kim Porter, CFRS – Executive Director, Be a Part of the Conversation 

Helpful Information

Now is the time to talk with our kids about drugs and alcohol.

Talking About Drugs with Kids in Elementary School (ages 6-10)
“Addiction is Real”

6 Parenting Practices:  Help Reduce the Chances Your Child will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem
Partnership for Drugfree Kids

Conversation Tips for Every Age
Partnership for Drug-free Kids

Talk! They Hear You.
Underage drinking prevention.

Marijuana Talk Kit
Partnership for Drugfree Kids

Family Dinner Conversation Starters

Making Yourself Ready to Start the Conversation:  Guidelines for Parents & Guardians

Help Your Child to be Tobacco Free
from “Right Decisions Right Now”

How to Talk to a Child About a Parent’s Addiction
by David Sack, MD for The Huffington Post

How to Talk to Your Kids About Family Addiction
by Jaimie Seaton for the Washington Post

Dos and Don’ts: Talking to your Kids About Drugs
Drug Enforcement Agency

A reality check on kids and substance use.

Bullied Teens More Likely to Smoke, Drink and Use Drugs
Reuters Health

Teen Drug Facts

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

As Opioid Crisis Alarms Communities, Drug Education Now Starts in Kindergarten
National Education Association

Preventing Drug Use Among Children and Adolescents
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Top 8 Reasons why Teens Try Alcohol and Drugs
from “How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do if You Can’t,” by Dr. Neil I. Bernstein

This Study Could Unlock the Mysteries of Teen Brain Development
By Nora D. Volkow and George F. Koob; January 5, 2017

Underage Drinking
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

What to Look For:  Here are some of the warning signs.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

Signs of Drug Use in a Teen Bedroom
Raleigh, NC NBC 11 News

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Special Thanks!

Kim Porter, CFRS
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