Stephanie Abbott, M.A.
In The Beginning
On Valentine’s Day in 1983, twenty pioneers who cared about the plight of children of alcoholics met in California to formalize their vision of a national organization that would be a voice for these children of all ages, and would mobilize community awareness and involvement. They were program developers, social workers, psychiatrists, clinicians, researchers, writers, and professors who had found each other in mid-1982, mostly by word of mouth. They formed what became the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.
The goals established by the NACoA founders focused on 1) protecting the rights of Children of Addiction (COAs) to live in safe and healthy environments by mobilizing community involvement; 2) increasing public and professional awareness, understanding, and recognition of the needs of COAs of all ages, especially in the fields of education, human services, mental health, medicine, religion, and law enforcement. A very tall order indeed.
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