Addiction is now a national health epidemic. Overdose rates are on the rise. Every child or teen living with parental addiction is vulnerable to the pain, isolation, and fear every single day. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
COA Awareness Week — recognized around the world during the week Valentine’s Day falls — honors the struggle of these children who live with parental addiction. This year's theme — Empowering Children to Heal — highlights the importance of providing kids and teens with support, guidance, and encouragement to heal. Whether you're someone who works directly with children, or looking for ways to help someone you know, there are activities and tools for every caring adult to partake in COA Awareness Week!
- NACoA's COA Awareness Week Page, the go-to spot for all things COA Awareness Week! Find information on how to spread awareness in your community, download infographics and flyers, and explore COA Awareness blog posts and articles.
- 2018 COA Awareness Week Flyer: Download the flyer to share in your community. Ask community organizations, doctors, pediatricians, public venues (like libraries and community centers), schools, and faith-based organizations if you can post the flyer on bulletin boards or share it via newsletters.
- COA Awareness Week Social Media Toolkit: Looking to spread the word on social media? The Social Media Toolbox has everything you'll need — images, suggested content, hashtags, and more —for informing your followers and friends about the power of celebrating COA Awareness Week!
- Suggested COA Awareness Week Activities: If you're not quite sure where to start, this is the resource for you. Filled with information about COA Awareness and suggested activities to help you and your community get involved in COA Awareness week, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to help empower children of addiction!
Additionally, check in during the week on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and share our messages and tools to help raise awareness and provide hope that things can change.
Help make the difference in the lives of children during COA Awareness Week 2018, and empower them to heal!