WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) announced the launch of a countywide initiative to acknowledge parents and children who are positive role models in their community. Parents and children from various cities in Essex County, including Newark, Orange, West Orange, and Cedar Grove, joined ADAPT at the Family Success Center of Orange to sign the “Excellent Family Pledge” and agree to be a model citizen in their local community.
As part of the “Excellent Family Pledge,” parents agree to have honest conversations with their children, provide support (i.e., emotional, motivational), and give clear rules/expectations related to drug and alcohol use. In addition, the children agree to have honest conversations with their parents and be a positive role model to other children by living a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle.
“This pledge shows the commitment of parents to provide a supportive environment for their children to succeed. We believe this environment will help children live a healthy lifestyle free of drugs or alcohol,” said Joel Torres, ADAPT’s Coordinator.
ADAPT is a rich, diverse coalition of more than 90 people, including parents, youth, educators, prevention professionals, law enforcement officials, etc., from all over Essex County. Through community-level interventions, ADAPT strives to decrease the use of drugs and alcohol among youth and young adults while also empowering them to choose healthier lifestyles.
ADAPT is funded by the NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and managed by FAMILYConnections, a nonprofit community-based agency with more than 35 specialized programs for all ages from infants to seniors – including counseling, skills-building, training, and prevention services to improve quality of life by reducing child abuse, drug abuse, gang involvement and crime; by increasing social & coping skills, school success and employability; by healing emotional pain and helping individuals and families become strong and independent.