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Mission Statement

Purpose of the Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Program

DEC Concept


DEC Brochure

Instructions for Completion of MOU Checklist Form

Building a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Fast Facts


Investigation and Prosecution Tools

DEC Law Enforcement Field Training Guide

First Responder Checklist

Head Count Form

DEC DA’s Recommendation for Collection of Evidence

Fire/Hazmat/Code Enforcement Dangers to Children

Standing Court Tox Test Order

DEC Investigation Report (Sample)

Instructions for Case Specific Data Collection Form

Case Specific Data Collection Form

Raid Operation Plan (Sample)

Search Warrant (Sample)

Declaration of Probable Cause (Sample)

NDECTAC 2010 Medical Form



Referral and Reference Forms

Daily Information Memorandum (DIM) Form

Daily Information Memorandum (DIM) Form Completed

Checklist for Asking Questions of Children in the Field

Laws/Grant Requirement/Samples

Child Abuse Reporting – Public 101-647

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

Public Law 101-630

Example of Tribal DEC MOU

Cal-EMA Grant Requirements and Laws

ADA Progress Report (Sample)

Cal MMET Progress Report (Sample)

Child Abuse Reporting Forms

Instructions for Completion of Form SS 8572

Suspected Child Abuse Report SS 8572

DLE 203 Care of Minor Child Fact Sheet – California specific


Miscellaneous Codes and Information

Welfare and Institutions Code §324.5

Confidentiality Packet

CALIFORNIA CODE §10850-10853

Welfare &Institutions Code §18951

Uniform Housing Code §17920

Penal Code §11164-11174.3

Case Law Basis for Endangerment

HELP Me Flyer

Theories of Child Endangerment

Theories of Child Endangerment ANSWERS

DEC Workbook #1

Fast Facts

The Impact of Drugs on the Community

·         Americans comprise only 4% of the world’s population but consume 2/3s of the world’s illegal drugs. 1


·         50-80 % of all child abuse and neglect cases substantiated by CPS involved some degree of substance abuse by the child’s parent.2


·         Almost 1 in 8 children in the U.S. live with at least one parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol or an illicit drug during the past year.3


·         Substance abuse causes or exacerbates 7 out of 10 cases of child abuse and neglect.4


·         Children whose parents use drugs and/or alcohol are 3 times more likely to be abused and 4 times more likely to be neglected.5


·         Children who experience child abuse and/or neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violent crime.6


·         We found a strong graded relationship between the breadth of exposure to abuse or

household dysfunction during childhood and multiple risk factors for several of the leading causes of death in adults.7


·         Most crime is drug related, 62-87% of male arrestees (for all crime categories) test positive for drugs at time of booking……… Marijuana remained the drug most often detected8


·         More children die as a result of child neglect each year (34.1% due to neglect alone) than any other maltreatment cause (physical, sexual, emotional).9


·         Between the year 2005 and 2020, 22,500 children will die from abuse and neglect.10


·         The total lifetime costs associated with caring for babies that were prematurely exposed to drugs/alcohol range from $750,000 to 1.4 million per baby.11


·         Child maltreatment and domestic violence occur in up to 60% of the families in which either is present.12


·         Every American family pays $1500 in taxes every year to cover the related costs to society.13


·         Precipitating factors leading to sexual exploitation of minors include: child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, incest, psychological and emotional trauma, peer influence (family), physical/learning disabled (premature drug babies), drugs and alcohol in the home.14


·         Victims of child abuse and neglect are eligible for compensation under Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) for up to $70,000 in California.15


·         The criminal justice system was the largest single source of referrals to substance abuse treatment, accounting for 37% of all admissions.16


·         Family members who have substance use disorders undermine family stability and negatively affect child safety, well-being and psychological and emotional development.17


1   Califano Jr. J.A. (2007, May). High Society: How Substance Abuse Ravages America And What To Do About it. New York. Public Affairs.


2    National Institute on Drug Abuse. (May 2005). Drug Abuse and Addictions: One of America’s Most Challenging Public Health Problems. Retrieved March 1, 2012 from National Institute on Drug Abuse via NIDA archives HTTP://archives.drugabuse.gov/about/welcome/aboutdrugabuse/magnitude/.


3   Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Science. (2009, April). The NSDUH Report, Children Living with Substance Dependent or Substance Abusing Parents: 2002-2007. (NSDUH 09-0416). Retrieved March 1, 2012 from SAMHSA, OAS via HTTP://store.samhsa.gov.


4   The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. (1999). No Safe Haven: Children of Substance Abusing Parents.  New York.


5   Ibid


6   Widom, C & Mayfield, M. (2001).  An Update on Cycle of Violence. National Institute of Justice, Research in Brief NCJ184894.


7   Vincent J. Felitti, MD, FACP, Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, Dale Nordenberg, MD, David F. Williamson, MS, PhD,

   Alison M. Spitz, MS, MPH, Valerie Edwards, BA, Mary P. Koss, PhD, James S. Marks, MD, MPH. (1998). Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 14, Number 4.


8   Office of National Drug Control Policy, “ADAM II 2012 Annual Report: Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program II, (Washington, DC, GPO, 2011). Accessed 3/10/14 @ www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/pdf/adam2012.pdf.


9   Department of Health and Human Services Administration, Children and Families.  (2010). Strengthening Families and Communities, 2010 Resource Guide. 


10 Casey Family Programs. (2005). 2020: A Vision for America’s Children.  Retrieved Feb 27, 2012 from www.casey.org/aboutus/2020/1resources/publications/thevision/archives.htm.


11 Kalotra, C. J. (2002). Estimated Costs Related to the Birth of a Drug and/or Alcohol Exposed Baby.


12 The Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act of 2010, Pg. 6.


13 Drug Enforcement Administration. (2008). Demand Reduction Website at www.justthinktwice.com/costs/drugendangeredchildren.cfm.


14 California Emergency Management Agency. (2011). California Law Enforcement Training on Human Trafficking of Minors. Section 3, Page 3.


15 National Association of Crime Victims Compensation Boards. (2011). Access www.NACVCB.org/progdir/California. Html.


16 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2009). Treatment Episode Date Set 2009 Report. (TEDS 09-0813). Access at HTTP://oas.samhsa.gov/2k9/211/211cjamits2k9.cfm.


     17 National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW). (2009). Synthesis of Cross System Values and Principles: A National Perspective.


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