Dodge County Team To Attend Drug Endangered Children Conference

(Dodge County) Several local and county agencies will be sending personnel to a training program next month focused on drug-endangered children. The multi-disciplinary team will attend the three-day conference in Rothschild, sponsored by the Wisconsin Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.  Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg says the program addresses emerging issues and best practices for identifying and responding to children endangered by their caregivers using, distributing or manufacturing drugs. The Dodge County Department of Human Services will be sending a team of six child protection social workers, who will be joined by the district attorney. Joining the social workers will be eight law enforcement officers representing several agencies. That includes three officers from the Beaver Dam Police Department, two from Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and one each from police departments in Waupun, Horicon and Mayville. Klomberg says the opiate epidemic has caused a tremendous amount of damage in the community and, all too often, children are caught in the middle of a family member’s addiction or the distribution of drugs.  He says the training will help bring together the social service, police and prosecutors to ensure officials are working effectively as a team to protect children from exposure to drug abuse.