Trumbull County Children Services is hosting a panel discussion on March 20th from 7:00PM – 8:30PM to help address the issues our Valley’s families face when caring for a loved one with addiction. The conversation will address how addiction can affect a parent’s personality and priorities, the trauma that children experience when a parent is addicted, and how our community is coming together to provide education and treatment options. Panel members include: - Dr. Daniel Brown, Chief Medical Officer at Meridian Healthcare - Jodie Milhoan, Facilitator of Trumbull County’s Family Dependency Treatment Court - Jim Evans, Senior Vice President at Meridian Healthcare - Tim Schaffner, Executive Director of Trumbull County Children Services - Lauren Thorp, Project Director of the Alliance on Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) The panel will be moderated by April Caraway, Executive Director of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board. Several local recovery centers and agencies will have information tables for attendees to visit from 6:30PM to 7:00PM, and again from 8:30PM to 9:00PM. Mahoning Valley’s fathers, mothers, children, grandparents, sisters, and brothers are the ones who fall victim to the disease of addiction. The trauma leaves families scrambling to find treatment, resources, and solace for their loved ones. From the grandfather in Newton Falls raising his two granddaughters to the teenager in Niles taking care of her parents, familial roles take dramatic shifts at the hands of addiction. “We have seen families come together to take care of one another and their children in the midst of this crisis. It is important that we make sure they are as informed as possible about our local resources that are available to them,” says Tim Schaffner, Executive Director of Trumbull County Children Services. Trumbull County Children Services is dedicated to moving families forward. We are proud to partner with these valued organizations in our community and we are committed to working collaboratively in our search for solutions. For more information about this event, please contact Claire Gysegem, Community Liaison for Trumbull County Children Services at (330) 372-2010.