Our Kids Matter
What is a Drug Endangered Child? Children from birth to 18 years of age who lives in, is exposed to, or found in places where controlled substances are sold, manufactured, processed or used. Drug endangered children are at increased risk of injury or death, physical and sexual abuse and nutritional, educational, supervisory and emotional neglect. These children are also at risk of perpetuating the cycle of drug and child abuse.
Here in Cheatham County Soledad Palacios is the Drug Endangered Children’s Response Team Coordinator . Palacios previously worked for Cheatham County as a Court Interpreter and Probation Clerk. She was able to develop relationships with Law Enforcement agencies in the county as well as Department of Children’s Services through Juvenile Court and as a member of the Foster Care Review Board. She has encountered firsthand Drug Endangered Children, and witnessed generational cycles of families with substance misuse within the county. Palacios is eager to become more involved with her community by educating as well as providing resources on the many dangers and obstacles drug endangered children may face.
As a Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Coordinator she will be responsible for the development and implementation of programs and support services for Drug Endangered Children and their families in Cheatham County by teaming up with DCS, Law Enforcement Agencies, Mental Health Services, Department of Health, District Attorney’s office, Community members and many other local partners.
How Can I help?
ANY PERSON who has knowledge of or suspects abuse or neglect of a child MUST report it. The law makes no distinction between professionals and non-professionals.
In Tennessee you have a hotline available 24/7/365. The number is 1-(877)-237-0004.
Reports can also be made online via apps.tn.gov/carat