Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
October 2018
Thank You
Thank you for helping us reach families in need!

Dear Friends,

We hope you're having a wonderful fall, enjoying time with family and friends, and hopefully the opportunity to practice a little self-care.

This year continues to be one of significant growth for us as we strive to serve even more parents and caregivers through our family services. Since our last Donor Impact Report, we have accomplished even more thanks to donors like you. I hope you enjoy this edition which highlights the resources you help us provide, including expansion of our Parent Coach Network and opportunities to connect with thought leaders in health care.

With limited funding available, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids relies on the generous support of champions to ensure families receive the help they need to address their loved one’s substance use. Thank you for joining us.

Gratefully yours,
kaila Sassano
Kaila Sassano
Vice President, Development
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Utah Parent Coach training
News from the Field: Providing One-on-One Support
This summer we worked hard to expand our Parent Coach program, hosting trainings across the country. In June, we trained 16 new coaches, partnering with Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) in Salt Lake City. Parent volunteers were trained through the Center for Motivation and Change’s (CMC:FFC) Invitation to Change Approach, an incorporation of Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), Motivational Interviewing; and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Our new Parent Coaches will now commit six months to providing one-on-one support to other parents by phone, joining more than 200 other coaches nationwide in listening to others’ struggles and offering profound advice.

On the importance of Parent Coaches, USARA stated, “…a substance use problem is often a very isolating disease. Many parents who have been through it with their own child expresses that what they would have wanted most at the time was to talk to someone who understood."

We will round out the year with three more trainings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Newark, New Jersey; and Cincinnati, Ohio. If you would like to learn more about our Parent Coach program, contact Madison Moore at

Thank you for helping us provide this critical resource for parents in need of support.
Empowering Families with Expert Information
Empowering Families with Expert Information
This August was a busy month on Facebook. We began by launching our first-ever “Parenting Skills Facebook Live: Support for Families Concerned with Substance Use.” This new series of Facebook Live events will highlight techniques from the Center for Motivation and Change: FFC’s Invitation to Change Approach, evidence-based approaches shown to help individuals move toward making meaningful life changes.

Our featured expert was Dr. Kenneth M. Carpenter, who discussed the topic: “One Answer Does Not Fit All: Understanding there are many paths to helping your child.” We addressed the challenges families face in identifying opioid misuse and the various obstacles parents encounter when seeking treatment. The presentation highlighted the resources and tools that empower families to engage loved ones in treatment and informed parents about the support and critical information they need to become effective advocates for their family.

Later in the month, our President Fred Muench had the privilege of moderating a Facebook Live with United States Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., and Susan Knade, a Partnership Parent Coach whose daughter is in long-term recovery. On the eve of Overdose Awareness Day, they discussed the role families can play in solving the opioid epidemic, taking questions and speaking about evidence-based solutions.

Follow us on Facebook to join us for our next session.
Harrison Kashkin
Champion Corner: Partners for Hope
Partner for Hope Harrison Kashkin ran the inaugural Coney Island Half Marathon in July and generously raised money and awareness to help the parents and families the Partnership serves. Harrison ran in memory of his girlfriend’s sister, Danielle Rothstein, who passed away last winter at age 26.

Harrison set a $1,500 goal to help us bolster our customized, one-on-one tools and resources to help families like Danielle’s. With amazing support from his family, friends and coworkers, Harrison not only achieved his goal of $1,500, but he surpassed it, raising more than $8,500 for the Partnership. “It was an incredibly rewarding experience,” said Harrison of his effort.

We sincerely thank Harrison, the Rothstein family and their friends for helping us further our work and expand our free, science-based resources for families in need of support and guidance when facing a child’s addiction.

Learn more about how you can become a Partner for Hope and honor a loved one affected by substance use.
Help and Hope by Text
Connecting with Parents Where They Are
With the launch of our Help & Hope by Text, parents can now connect with us and receive personalized help through their phones.

Our trained and caring master’s-level specialists are ready to help any parent struggling with a son’s or daughter’s substance use. They are here to listen, help you find answers and make an action plan. Read more about our one-on-one support services.
"I felt listened to and validated when I placed the call. I feel more empowered and less like a failure as a mother because you truly understood what I'm going through."

- Anonymous Helpline Caller

• Download our Giving Guide and join us this holiday season in giving more than just hope to families.

• Help us cheer on our Partners for Hope runners at the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon. Email if you are interested in joining the fun as part of the Partnership’s volunteer team.

• Learn how you can support other parents in need of one-on-one support by becoming a Parent Coach.

• Tell Congress to include family support services in the enhanced version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA 2.0).
• November 27: Save the date for #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving.

• December 4: Join us for our annual Winter Wish Gala. Learn more and purchase your ticketstoday.
Stay connected:
Parent Toll-Free Helpline: 1-855-DRUGFREE
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