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Drug Endangered Children: A Collaborative Approach - Webinar

1:00pm - January 29, 2020 | Timezone: US/Central
Mid-America PTTC
Registration Deadline: January 29, 2020
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** Due to high interest and a limited number of seats, the webinar has reached capacity. We will be recording the webinar and uploading the recording to this website. 


You will gain awareness about drug endangered children and the risks they face and understand the many opportunities (often missed) to identify children living in dangerous drug environments. Learn the benefits of intervention at the earliest possible point to reduce physical and psychological harm to children. Learn what a multidisciplinary collaborative response looks like and how it incorporates the unique resources within a community and applies them in a manner that provides better care for drug endangered children.



  • Describe the history and evolution of drug endangered children's response strategies.
  • Recognize why a collaborative, multidisciplinary response is necessary to ensure safety for drug endangered children.
  • Be able to identify children who are drug endangered.
  • Identify the role law enforcement, child welfare, medical and other professionals play in the multidisciplinary response.


Who Should Attend: Child Welfare, Law Enforcement, District Attorneys, Probation/Parole, Treatment, Ongoing Service Providers, Education, Fire, EMS, Judges, Community members, and other First Responders who have a job which impacts children and families.



Stacee Read, Director of DEC Network Development

Stacee has spent nearly 20 years working in the child welfare field, gaining insight and experience on a variety of key child welfare issues. Before working for National DEC, Stacee’s previous positions included the Associate Ombudsman position with the Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman and the Child Protection Safety Specialist for the Colorado Department of Human Services and Child Abuse and Neglect Investigator.  Stacee participated in the Fatality Review Team and was a key member of the Substance Exposed Newborns Steering Committee, the Rural Law Enforcement Meth Initiative, the CDHS Child Fatality Review Team, and the CDHS Prone Restraint Workgroup.

Stacee started working for National DEC in November 2011 as the Director of DEC Network Development.  She is responsible for the development and oversight of State and Tribal DEC Alliances, and she provides technical assistance to the National DEC network. Stacee is also an integral member of the training team and has participated in the curriculum, online training, and publication development.

Stacee received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Illinois focusing on Mental Health and Administration in 2002 and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Iowa with an emphasis on abnormal psychology and dependency behaviors in 1997. Stacee is an adjunct professor at Metro State University in Denver, Colorado where she teaches in the Master’s Social Work Program.

Eric Nation, Director of Training and Development

Lieutenant Eric Nation began his career in law enforcement in 1995 where he has held numerous positions, including Correctional Officer, Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Lieutenant Deputy Sheriff, as was as 6 years in an undercover narcotics unit and then as Commander of that unit for 5 years.  

Nation helped start and develop the Jasper County Drug Endangered Children Alliance, is a member of the National DEC Criminal Justice Working Group.  Nation is a Certified Core DEC Instructor that has been involved in the training of thousands of professionals across the United States as a Trainer for the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. 

Nation’s efforts towards Drug Endangered Children in Jasper County earned him the 2009 “Ongoing Victims Service Award,”, the 2011 National Drug Endangered Children Collaborative Leadership Award, participant 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 participated in in the development of IACP’s Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Children Exposed to Violence project tools and deliverables as a  Children Exposed to Violence Advisory Working Group member in Alexandria, VA.