Scholarships Available for 2023 National DEC Conference
The Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC) is announcing the availability of a limited number of scholarships for individuals from DEC programs in Wisconsin to attend the National DEC Conference, which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 29-31, 2023. 
The scholarships are in the amount of $375 per person.  Any other expenses are the responsibility of each attendee.  No more than two people per DEC program are eligible to receive a scholarship.
Individuals who receive a scholarship must agree to provide a report on the sessions and speakers at the National DEC Conference and how they will use the information gained in their DEC program.
If a person who receives a scholarship is unable to attend the National DEC Conference for any reason, the full amount of the scholarship awarded must be returned to Wisconsin DEC. 
To apply for a scholarship, please provide the following information to Stephanie Byer of the Wisconsin DEC Steering Committee:
Your Name
Your Agency/Organization
Name of Your DEC Program
Your Mailing Address
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address
 Stephanie may be reached at

Are you looking for free or low cost training opportunities?

The Marathon County Health Department has worked with several funding sources to offer free/low cost virtual training opportunities in Wisconsin.  Additional information on these opportunities can be found on our training page.


Community partners making a difference!

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)

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.

active dec programs

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. 

hISTORY OF widec


implement a program

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. 

​​​​Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children