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Newsroom DCF Partners with National Campaign to Promote Healthy Families

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), understands that healthy relationships between parents and their children can have a positive impact on a child’s well-being and promote a healthy future. That’s why DCF is partnering with the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), to invite Kansans to participate in Family Day 2017 by pledging to spend quality time with their children on Monday, Sept. 25.  
Founded in 2001, by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Family Day is a national initiative that encourages parents to connect with their children to prevent the use of drugs and alcohol among adolescents. 
Parents across Kansas can take an active part in Family Day in a variety of ways, including sharing a meal together, participating in local Family Day activities, and initiating a conversation with their children about the dangers of substance use. Research shows that children with engaged parents are far less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs. 
“Open communication is a large part of healthy parent-child relationships. We encourage parents to spend quality time with their children, not just on Family Day, but every day to promote healthy families,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. 
Families are encouraged to post a family selfie with #myfamilyselfie on social media on Sept. 25.
For more information about how you and your family can participate in Family Day and access campaign resources, please visit www.CASAFamilyDay.or​g.​