American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    • Between 7 and 12 million American youth suffer from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders at any given time. The AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Facts for Families

    • Alphabetical resource listing of facts for families such as The Depressed Child, Children & Grief, Teen Suicide, Children of Alcoholics, Marijuana and Teens, The Teen Brain & More.

American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Adolescence can be a challenge for parents. Your teen may at times be a source of frustration and exasperation, not to mention financial stress. But these years also bring many, many moments of joy, pride, laughter and closeness. This site focuses on the needs, questions and issues that parents and teens face; providing resources and guidance.

College Drinking:  Changing the Culture

  • is your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.

NIDA for Parents

    • NIDA for Teens website is a project of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Created for middle and high school students and their teachers, this website provides accurate and timely information for use in and out of the classroom. Parents may find these resources helpful as well.

Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

    • Could your child be at risk for substance abuse? NIDA knows the important role parents play in preventing their children from using/abusing drugs. This website explores five questions, developed by the Child and Family Center at the University of Oregon, that highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth.

Family Checkup Positive Parenting Prevents Drug Abuse

  • A booklet helping families strive to find the best way to raise their children to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

Get Smart About Drugs

  • A DEA resource for parents, educators and caregivers.

Kids Health

  • Advise on children’s health behavior, and growth-from before birth through the teen years.

Navigating the Teen Years: A Parent’s Handbook for Raising Healthy Teens

  • A booklet for parents by the American Academy of Pediatrics that talks about raising healthy teens.

Operation Prevention

    • The DEA and Discovery Education have joined forces to combat a growing epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use nationwide. Operation Prevention’s mission is to educate students about the true impacts of opioids and kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom. 

Parent Toolkit 

    • Parents can join the conversation with this family discussion starter. Additional information on the warning signs of prescription opioid misuse and a guide to prevention and intervention empower families to reach out.

Talk They Hear You

    • Prepare for one of the most important conversations you may ever have with your children and teens about underage drinking and other drug use. SAMHSA provides an interactive site to help parents talk to their children and teens about underage drinking and other drug use, which aims to provide parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to start addressing the issue of alcohol and other drugs with their children early.

SAMHSA: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families… and It Hurts

    • A brochure on alcohol and drug addiction in families with resources, information, and help.

Should You Drug Test Your Child?

  • Offers information on the different types of tests and when you should test. 

South Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (SCYSPI)

  • A grant program of the Department of Mental Health (DMH). We are federally funded and evaluated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Teen Dating Violence (CDC)

  • The CDC describes Teen Dating Violence and how to prevent it among teens.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Keeping your teen safe online.


  • Youth.Gov offers tips/ resources for Preventing youth suicide, after an attempt, and also groups at risk. 

11 Life Skills That Can Help Your Child in Recovery

  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids gives skills to parents to help their child in recovery.

2018 Surgeon General’s Report

  • Facing addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids