February 14–20, 2010
Children of Alcoholics Week celebrates the recovery of children who have received the help they needed to recover from the effects of parental alcohol and drug addiction, and offers hope to those still suffering.
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics encourages you to take part in grassroots efforts in your community to raise awareness that children of addiction can be encouraged and supported just knowing there are safe people who can help.
SAMHSA supports these efforts by providing free resources and materials that will help assist community-based efforts.
Visit the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) Web site to learn more about what you can do support this national observance.
Tools for COA Week Activities
COA Week celebrates the recovery of the many thousands of children (of all ages) who have received the help they needed to recover from the pain and losses suffered in their childhood, and it offers hope to those still suffering from the adverse impact of parental alcohol and drug addiction through educational programs, proclamations by mayors and governors, poster contests in schools, and radio, television and print media. Tools and suggestions can be found below.
- Suggested Activities and Resources for COA WEEK
- Sample Proclamation
- Children of Alcoholics: A Community Action Guide
- Handbook for Clergy
- “Shouting Inside”
- Educational DVD:
Lost Childhood: Growing Up In An Alcoholic Family A half-hour award-winning documentary showing young children of alcoholics who speak about their experiences with an honesty and wisdom beyond their years. DVD and viewers’ guide now available through NACoA. For more information on this award-winning documentary, visit www.lostchildhood.org