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Drug Endangered Children Conference


Portage County, Milwaukee County, Racine County and the Oneida Tribe Will Be Recognized at This Year's Conference 


WISCONSIN DELLS - The fourth annual statewide Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Conference gets underway on Wednesday, September 16, 2009. This year's conference will focus on:

  • Making Our Efforts Efficient: Substantiating Cases and Stopping the Cycle
  • The Nature of Nurture: Biology, Environment and the Drug-Exposed Child
  • Targeting Our Efforts: Drug Trends in Wisconsin


Drug Endangered Children Conference
September 16-17, 2009
Chula Vista Hotel
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin


During this year's program (at 8:30 am on September 16th) 4 DEC programs will be recognized and will receive an award for their outstanding work. Those being recognized this year are Portage County, Milwaukee county, Racine County and the Oneida Tribe. Following the presentation of the awards there will be a photo opportunity and media availability.


In addition, two other individuals will be recognized for their work with the DEC Program. Sue Reetz will be recognized for her video production of "Living in the Shadow" and Gina Mattheisen will be recognized for her "Sweet Dreams" Project.


Drug endangered children are those children who suffer physical or psychological harm or neglect resulting either from exposure to illegal drugs or persons under the influence of illegal drugs, or from exposure to dangerous environments where drugs are being manufactured.


This harm may include: injury from explosion, fire or exposure to toxic chemicals found at clandestine lab sites; physical abuse; sexual abuse; medical neglect; and lack of basic care. Although often associated with children who have been impacted by the manufacture and abuse of Methamphetamine in Wisconsin, the Drug Endangered Children program assists children affected by their parents' use, manufacture or trafficking of drugs.


A DEC program is a multidisciplinary approach to protecting children found in dangerous drug environments. DEC programs develop response teams that include law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, health officials and medical personnel.


You can learn more about Wisconsin's Drug Endangered Children program  and more about the upcoming conference at

The conference is sponsored by:  Wisconsin DEC Alliance, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, U.S. Attorney's Offices for the Western & Eastern Districts of Wisconsin and the Marathon County Sheriff's Department.