Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week
Join the national – and international – awareness campaign to break the painful silence and offer hope to the vulnerable children and teenagers impacted by parents who are struggling with addiction. By “shining brightly” in the lives of these children, caring adults can help by listening, by believing in the child, and by modeling healthy behaviors and demonstrating options for healthy living. Because it is hard to know which children are impacted at times, like a star in the darkness an adult can stand as a beckon for children who may be suffering silently and alone, in the darkness of fear. NACoA invites you, or your organization, to recognize COA Awareness Week, and “become the star in the life of a child.”
PRESS RELEASE: NACoA Kicks Off Children of Alcoholics Awareness Week 2016
Why COA Awareness Week?
One in four children lives in a family touched by addiction
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The Invisible Children: It's COA Awareness Week So Listen Up, This Matters
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Tools for COA Awareness Week Activities
COA Awarenes s Week celebrates the recovery of the many thousands of children (of all ages) who have received the help they needed to recover from the pain and losses suffered in their childhood, and it offers hope to those still suffering from the adverse impact of parental alcohol and drug addiction through educational programs, proclamations by mayors and governors, poster contests in schools, and radio, television and print media. Advocacy tools and suggested activities can be found below.
2015 Meritorious Service Award Winner
Our national -- and international -- affiliates energize and customize the COA Awareness campaign to fit the needs of their local communities. Many are doing extraordinary work all year long, and NACoA is honored to spotlight such efforts at this time of year. Learn more about our affiliates.