The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), with the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and Kansas Family Partnership, invite Kansans to participate in Family Day 2016 by pledging to spend quality time with children and loved ones on Sept. 26.
Family Day is a national initiative that encourages parents to connect with their children in an effort 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 opening up the conversation with their children about the dangers of substance use. Research shows that children with hands-on parents are far less likely to smoke, drink or use drugs.
“We encourage parents to maintain open communication with their children about what’s going on in their lives,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. “Family Day is a great reminder of the important role quality family time plays in a child’s upbringing.”
There are several schools and non-profit organizations around the state promoting Family Day, including Humboldt Unified School District #258 and Drug Free of Osage County.
Families are encouraged to post a family selfie with #myfamilyselfie on social media on Sept. 26.