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Who is a DEC Child?

"Social Services can’t do it alone. Law enforcement can’t do it alone…We’re looking at the approaches as far as social change…This is a holistic approach that’s going to take all of us working together…."

Lori Moriarty, Former Executive Director, National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (NADEC)

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2016 Wisconsin DEC Conference

Fond du Lac, WI

August 3-4, 2016

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A DEC Child is any child, born or unborn, at risk of neglect, or sexual or physical abuse, or emotional abuse, or mental harm by the parent's or caregiver's use, distribution or manufacture of any controlled substance or the parent's or caregiver's failure to protect the child from the exposure to the use, distribution or manufacture of any controlled substance.


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Sweet Dreams helps rescued children across Wisconsin

​MARSHFIELD - Gina Mattheisen was in college studying to be a social worker when she learned about a growing problem in Wisconsin: children left homeless when their parents were arrested for dealing or making drugs in their homes.  

Eau Claire agencies and law enforcement pack backpacks for drug endangered kids

​Eau Claire (WQOW) - Local agencies and law enforcement are filling backpacks with clean clothes for children in danger.  

Wisconsin DEC (WIDEC) exists to help you make a difference in the lives of children who are in danger because their parents or caregivers are using, dealing or manufacturing drugs.  We are united in the commitment to support, rescue, shelter and defend children who are being harmed by drugs.

Our partners are essential to the success and safety of the children we protect.  Therefore, we would like to thank them for their perseverance in supporting our efforts.

Community involvement from everyone is essential.  WIDEC realizes that statewide awareness and involvement go hand in hand.  

Together we can be proactive as a team to send the message that Wisconsin values the safety of children, and will not accept child neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse due to drugs. 

WIDEC began in November of 2004, when a focus group of community members and interested professionals from around Wisconsin met and learned about the National DEC Program. The program was positively received and the participants held further discussion regarding ideas for implementing DEC in Wisconsin. These individuals became what is known today as the WIDEC Steering Committee. 

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​​Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children

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