Rosecrance continues initiative for raising Responsible, Resilient, Drug-Free Kids

Rosecrance Health Network has announced their new substance abuse prevention initiative: It’s more than ‘just say no’: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Drug-Free Kids.

Aimed at parents of children in 3rd through 8th grades, the presentation provides helpful and practical tips to support children who will be able to make the right decisions when faced with peer pressure and stressors.

“We know that today’s kids are being exposed to marijuana and alcohol very early in their lives; in some cases by 5th grade,” said Rosecrance Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Thomas Wright. “Discussions about the dangers and impact on youth brain development are critical. We are pleased to provide this resource for parents to make these conversations more comfortable.”

Attendees will hear what parents can do to encourage resilience and responsibility, learn about risk factors, and how to help children develop good coping and decision-making skills.

The program launched in Rockford and is led by experienced counselor, Claudia Evenson. Evenson worked as a senior addiction counselor for many years in treatment centers and psychiatric hospitals. She now works with Rosecrance Community Relations.

The presentation will be initially offered in the areas where Rosecrance has locations, including Chicagoland, and throughout Illinois, as well as Iowa and southern Wisconsin.

WHAT:     It’s more than ‘just say no’: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Drug-Free Kids

WHEN:     Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Hartland Fire Department Training Room, 150 Lawn St., Hartland, WI

COST:      FREE, please register at