The official signing of The Drug Endangered Child Alliance took place Monday, Nov. 14, at Wayne County Children Services. Although there are numerous DEC alliances throughout the country, the signing marks the first Drug Endangered Child Alliance in the state of Ohio. The alliance is representative of a collaborative effort to protect the children who are at risk of suffering physical or emotional harm as a result of parental illegal drug use.
The Drug Endangered Child Alliance MOU was signed by representatives from Wayne County Children Services, Medway The Prosecutor's Office, Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Wooster Police Department, Rittman Police Department, Doylestown Police Department, Apple Creek Police Department, Smithville Police Department, Dalton Police Department, West Salem Police Department and Shreve Police Department. Not pictured but committed to the Alliance are Orrville, Marshallville and Creston police departments. Also pictured are Wayne County Children Service's employees Ron Copenhaver and Heather Dean, who worked together with law enforcement to create the first Drug Endangered Child Alliance in Ohio.