Throughout pregnancy and parenting there are many milestones along the way. For a mother with substance abuse disorder, one of the most life changing can be reaching out for help.
Hope Starts Now launched in 2020 and focuses on encouraging pregnant and parenting women experiencing opioid use disorder or substance use to seek support and treatment by calling the Parent Helpline at 800-CHILDREN. The Parent Helpline is a free, anonymous information and referral service in Kansas. It provides a trained person on the other end who will listen, empathize with your situation, and offer support. The Helpline is available 24/7 in English and Spanish.
The Hope Starts Now campaign was developed by a workgroup made up of many dedicated partners from the Kansas Power of the Positive (KPoP). The campaign is supported by KDHE with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Essentials for Childhood Initiative, which promotes safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments as being crucial to preventing the early adversity of child abuse and neglect.
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