Joining Forces for Children

Joining Forces for Children is a collaborative partnership among Lancaster County agencies seeking to serve children impacted by addiction. The Joining Forces for Children partners seek to coordinate existing services, enhance communication and collaboration among service providers, and identify opportunities to increase access to evidence-based, trauma-informed services and supports for children impacted by addiction disorders. A Family Advocate will provide individualized resource navigation for children and their caregivers.

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Handle With Care

What is it?

Handle with Care is a trauma-sensitive approach that allows law enforcement to notify school personnel when they encounter a child at a scene. In Lancaster County, notifications will be received through a Safe2Say plug-in only accessible by law enforcement. No details about the event will be shared with school personnel. It is important to note that not all police contact is the result of violence, but may result in a traumatic response by the student.
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Why Handle with Care?

The goal of Handle with Care is to better help children exposed to trauma and mitigate its effects so that students can succeed at school. Trauma or adverse childhood experiences can impact the development of our students. It can impair their cognitive development, their ability to self-regulate, their social development, and their physical health.
By identifying signs of distress in our students, we can more quickly provide them with tools and supports to mitigate the long-term impacts of trauma. Through trauma-sensitive approaches, we can help students feel safe, self-regulate, and be successful in the school environment.

Support Groups for Loved Ones

  • Nar-Anon – for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to them: Find a Nar-Anon Meeting
  • ACoA – (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)/Dysfunctional Families is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of men and women who grew up in dysfunctional homes. Find a Meeting
  • Gam-Anon – For those concerned with a loved one’s gambling: Find a Meeting
  • Donegal Substance Abuse Alliance – A variety of family support classes, groups, and sober social activities: Learn More

Services for Children and Families

Families With Children 0 - 5 Years Old

School-Aged Children – Grades K-12

Our Partners

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