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New program to help kids living in drug-filled homes

BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel


Beaumont Police Department, Child Protective Services, the District Attorney's office and the Garth House for Children have started a program to help protect kids who are living in homes with easy access to drugs.


The new program is called the Jefferson County Endangered Child Initiative.


Members of all agencies met Tuesday afternoon to sign the final paperwork needed to start the program.


This year alone, 34 drug related search warrants have been served by Beaumont Police Department.


"This will help us to better serve these children to get them in a stable environment and hopefully impact the parents to get their act together and clean themselves up," Marion Tanner, Executive Director of the Garth House said.


Sometimes when children are found in those drug filled homes, the children are taken to relatives without investigations on their living situations.


The program will bring kids to the Garth House to explain what's happening in their homes.


Many times parents will make it easy for their children to be exposed to drugs at young ages.


"We video tape all of our search warrants and see the drugs all over the place and it kills us, so now we have a fantastic tool that will be able to help get some kids to safety," Chief Jimmy Singletary from the Beaumont Police Department told KFDM News.

New program to help kids living in drug-filled homes

Monday, February 11 2013, 05:03 PM CST
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