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Successful Retreat To Respond To the Needs Of Substance-Exposed Children In Monterey County

March 3rd, 2003

The Department of Social Services, Family and Children's Services, through its Options for Recovery Foster Care Program, and the Monterey County Child Abuse Prevention Council, in collaboration with the Hartnell College Foster and Kinship Care Education Program, Crumpton Elementary School, Children's Behavioral Health, Sun Street Center and Door to Hope presented a planning retreat to respond to the needs of the substance-exposed children in Monterey County. The retreat took place on Tuesday, February 25.

Dean Michael Foudy, who heads the Hartnell College Workforce and Community Development Center said, "I was really impressed to see so many different groups working together to find ways to improve the lifestyles of these substance-exposed children."

Foudy said, "There were 62 people in attendance. These were social workers, teachers, physicians, nurses, parent educators, recovering parents, public health nurses, mental health professionals, substance abuse treatment and recovery staff, prevention specialists, dependence court counsel, public defenders, probation officers, community-based agencies, and clergy."

Sid Gardner, MPA, who is the president of Children and Families Futures, Inc, facilitated the event. Foudy said, "We are offering another training program 'The Medically Fragile Child.' This is beginning on Friday, March 7th. We will have four three-hour sessions, March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Salinas Adult School. There is no cost to attend these sessions." To register call the Salinas Adult School at `(831) 753-4273.

For further information about the Foster and Kinship Care Education at Hartnell College call Linda Evans, director of the program at (831) 755-6948.