Governor Sam Brownback, in partnership with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), has declared April 26 as Drug Endangered Child Awareness Day in Kansas.
The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children defines drug endangered children as children who are at risk of suffering physical or emotional harm as a result of illegal drug use, possession, manufacturing, cultivation or distribution. They may also be children whose caretaker’s substance use interferes with the caretaker’s ability to parent and provide a safe and nurturing environment.
In FY 2017, in Kansas, 371 children were removed from their homes due to parental drug abuse—119 of those instances were methamphetamine related.
“Parents must understand the negative emotional and physical impact drug use has on children,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. “Children whose parents or caregivers use drugs are at a much higher risk of drug use themselves. Our goal is for all Kansas children to grow up in a drug-free environment, free from the safety risks often associated with parental drug use.”