In light of the spike in heroin overdoses the last couple years, KidsMatter created a new program called ParentsMatter Too, where those with children of all ages can engage with one another and learn about drugs and other issues kids face.
Representatives from KidsMatter’s board, including Neuqua Valley principal Bob McBride and Councilman Robert Fieseler, had a press conference to discuss details of the program and its plans.
The group has just launched a new website featuring an “Ask an Expert” tool, where parents can seek answers about substance abuse from local doctors, psychologists, and school professionals.
ParentsMatter Too also hopes to start “Parent Conversation Circles” by January, where groups of 8 to 12 can gather for four weeks, discussing topics like: how to talk to their kids about drugs, where parents can find help, and what the schools are doing in terms of drug prevention.
“All kids face trouble. Some kids have the ability to problem solve, to think clearly [and] to make good decisions,” said Diane Overguard, Program Coordinator for the group. “And as parents, we can help build those skills within our kids.”
The city council increased its social services budget by $50,000 and of that, gave KidsMatter $24,000 to financially back this initiative for parents.
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