Programs + Resources

Tips + Resources for Parents

2 to 4 Year Old Tips

5 to 8 Year Old Tips

9 to 12 Year Old Tips

5 Ways to Reduce Your Teen’s Risk

40 Developmental Assets to Help Raise A Child

Reading list – books donated by Casco Bay CAN and available at your local libraries

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator- SAMHSA

Counselors – Local serving youth

2-1-1 Maine Text to Seek Local Substance Use Treatment

Drug Guide for Parents

Growing Up Drug Free- A Parent’s Guide to Prevention

Family Guide for Teen Parties

Harvard University, Center on the Developing Child

LGBTQ Youth Resources

Maine Liquor Laws: What Adults and Teens Need to Know (VIDEO)

Marijuana Facts to Prevent Teen Use (VIDEO)

Parent Tool Kit

Parenting Tips, Advice and Help

Party Hosting: Don’t Provide The Means (VIDEO)

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Tips (VIDEO)

Prom & Graduation Safety Tips for Parents

Risk & Protective Factors

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) and CRAFFT Tool

Transition to Middle School Tips

What Parents Can Do

Be A Good Role Model for Teens

Lead day-to-day examples of your values. Show compassion, honesty, generosity and openness you want young people to have. Teens who learn anti-drug or alcohol use messages at home are 50% more likely to use. Parents are the first line of defense when it comes to teen’s drinking and drug use.

Build Your Support Network

Build a support network to connect with others when an issue arises. Below are some community and health specialists who can guide and inform you:

  • School counselors and student assistance professionals
  • Employee assistance professionals
  • Family doctors or pediatricians
  • Nurses
  • Faith leaders
  • Community health centers

Set Ground Rules for Teens

  • Set clear rules and discuss in advance the consequences of breaking them.
  • The rules must be consistently enforced.
  • Set a curfew. And enforce it strictly. Be prepared to negotiate for special occasions.
  • Have teens check in at regular times when they’re away from home or school
  • Call parents whose home is to be used for a party. On party night, don’t be afraid to stop in to say hello (and make sure that adult supervision is in place).
  • Make it easy to leave a party where alcohol or drugs are being used. Discuss in advance how to signal you or another designated adult who will come to pick your teen up the moment he or she feels uncomfortable.
  • Listen to your instincts. Don’t be afraid to intervene if your gut reaction tells you that something is wrong.

Staying in Touch with your Teen

  • Make a list of your teens activities for the coming day and put it on the fridge, on a calendar or in your wallet or pocketbook.
  • Walk through your neighborhood and note where your teen’s age hang out.
  • Know your teen’s friends. Have a small party at your house and invite the parents of teen’s friends.
  • Work with other parents to get a list of everyone’s addresses, e-mails, and phone numbers so you can keep in touch with your teen.
  • Occasionally check to see that your teen is where they said they were going to be.