No Statewide DEC Conference in 2021
National DEC Conference to be Held in Nashville in August

            Due to the continuing health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children will not be hosting a statewide conference in 2021. 

            We hope that health conditions throughout Wisconsin will permit us to re-start the planning process for regional training or for a statewide Wisconsin DEC Conference very soon.  We appreciate your understanding as we navigate these uncertain and changing times.

            Please note that the National DEC Conference will take place August 24-27, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.  It is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children and the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.  Additional information on this conference and its registration process will be forthcoming at www.nationaldec.org.  You also may sign up to receive the National DEC newsletter at this site. 

            We appreciate your continued efforts to protect the wellbeing of children, especially during this time of isolation, loss, and financial difficulty for so many.  It is the dedication of professionals such as yourselves which is enabling us to respond to and overcome this challenge.  Please continue to visit www.wisconsindec.org for further updates.

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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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​Regional Wisconsin DEC Conferences in 2020!

In 2020, there will not be a statewide Drug Endangered Children Conference.  Instead, Wisconsin DEC will offer one-day regional training's throughout the state which will address developing and sustaining your DEC program.  Wisconsin DEC will work with local DEC programs to craft the agenda for each meeting, which will include topics of interest to all who encounter and provide services to Drug Endangered Children as well as issues and concerns of the DEC programs in each area.

It is anticipated that there will be four (4) regional meetings.  Dates and locations will be announced early in 2020, and registration information will be provided.  The statewide Wisconsin DEC Conference will return in 2021.

"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)

Community partners making a difference!

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. 

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hISTORY OF widec

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. 

Who is a DEC Child?

July 16-18, 2019    Annual Wisconsin DEC Conference

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.