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 defines 'Drug Endangered Child' as:
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.
*(As defined by Wisconsin Statute 940 and Chapter 48)
IN MEMORIAM LORI MORIARTY
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is with heavy hearts that we share with you the news of the loss of Lori Moriarty who passed away early on Sunday, November 1, 2015 after battling cancer. Lori, Commander (retired) and Vice President of National DEC, was first and foremost a champion for children and endlessly passionate about serving and protecting them. She put her dedication to helping children into action by being one of the founders of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children and the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. She also served on many nonprofit boards, committees, and task forces.
Dynamic, inspirational, and above all positive-Lori spoke around the country about her "Ah-Ha" moment as an undercover narcotics officer when she realized they were getting the drugs but missing the children. She knew there had to be a better way to help the little ones that she encountered and she worked tirelessly with others to develop collaborative solutions. Through DEC training , Lori empowered professionals to realize that we all have a role to play when it comes to protecting children living in drug environments. She reminded us that "Children + Drugs = Risk."
We mourn the loss of Lori - our beloved friend and colleague - and our heartfelt prayers and sympathy go to her family, friends, and all those who knew her. We will share information as it becomes available regarding services and ways to recognize Lori's life and work. If you'd like to read more about Lori's life and career, you can do so at http://www.nationaldec.org/staff.html.
We also invite and encourage you to go to our Facebook page and share your thoughts, comments and memories with others in the DEC Community. Over the coming days, we will be posting pictures and stories that highlight Lori's life and work.
In this time of sadness, we also celebrate the amazing journey of Lori's life and recognize the legacy she built to help children and families in need. We are committed to continuing the effort to bring the DEC mission to every community. Please join us in honoring Lori and her work with renewed fervor to help carry forward the DEC mission and continue to rescue, defend, shelter and support at-risk children.