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Q: How Can Newtown Parent Connection Help Families in Crisis?

Here’s how one mother’s trial turned into a life-changing network.

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Today I’m sharing a recent interview with Dorrie Carolan, who is the executive director and founder of Newtown Parent Connection, an organization determined to educate local parents and rally community support to prevent youth substance abuse. Back in the late 1990s, when Dorrie’s son fell into the wrong crowd and became an addict, she sought to gather data, leverage community resources, and empower other parents. What started as two concerned moms has become known as a respected organization where families in crisis can turn.

Cited below for your convenience are timestamps that will direct you to various points in the video. Feel free to watch the full message or use these timestamps to skip to topics that interest you most:

1:07 — The origins of Newtown Parent Connection: Filling a void in the community

5:20 — Data from rehab clinics in Newton and surrounding areas bears ugly truth

7:00 — What topics are covered in Newtown Parent Connection forums?

9:30 — Gaining the support and commitment of the school administrators and police chief

11:45 — A victory over vaping, and evolving challenges

15:00 — Success rates for kids on a six-month program are quite high

18:00 — Newtown Parent Connection’s plans for rallying more support

19:55 — Wrapping up our conversation

I hope you found Dorrie as moving as I did. If you or anyone you know could benefit from a caring network of local parents committed to helping kids live their best lives, check out Newtown Parent Connection’s website. As always, give me a call or send me an email if you have real estate-related needs I can help you with.

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