Parent-Led Groups Struggle to Unify Their Work Against Substance Abuse

Planning for rebuilding the national parent movement to prevent drug abuse

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America brought together leaders of national parent groups and drug prevention organizations to plan how a new generation of parents could develop a national parent movement to prevent youth drug use.

Key Results

  • In 1996, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America facilitated three two-day planning retreats. Participating organizations included:
    • African American Parents for Drug Prevention
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
    • National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse
    • National Association of Native American Children of Alcoholics
    • National Families in Action
    • National Family Partnership
    • National Hispano/Latino Community Prevention Network
    • National Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education
    • Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
  • The Coalition developed an organizational Memorandum of Agreement, outlining a common set of operating principles for the collaborative effort.

The Coalition did not convene the groups after the grant, but a number of the organizations continued to work collaboratively on developing a governance structure for the proposed initiative.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $50,000 in funding from August 1996 to January 1997 to support the effort.