Empower Union County youth and adults to lead healthy, substance-free lives.


Empowering Teens to Live Healthy Drug Free Lives - Podcast Now Live!


New here? Watch our welcome video to discover why UC Talks was developed.

UC Talks provides parents and caregivers with tools and techniques to help build strong children and have real conversations about drugs, alcohol, mental health, and suicide.

The confidence is already within them, help bring it out with UC Talks.

UC Talks campaign equips parents to build up their child’s strengths. When youth have confidence in themselves and know their parent’s expectations, studies show they are empowered to make good decisions, better regulate their emotions, and develop healthy relationships.

In the 2018 Union County parent survey, many expressed their concern about the impact of these issues on students:

Be Informed

Do you know what slang terms are being used for drugs, sex, or parties?

How about the amount of time your child spends on social media or screen time?

Have you asked your child about the pressure they feel related to grades, peers, or school?

Being informed enables you to guide your child through difficult situations.

Pay Attention

Have you noticed changes in your child such as energy level or mood? Are they getting ready for an important event like a test, a date, or a competition? Or is it something more serious?

These are times to check-in with your child and find out what is going on. Provide support or acknowledgment of their skills and choices.

Talk To Your Child

Spend one-on-one time with each child. They need personal time with you to share their thoughts and desires. Make sure they know your expectations and family values.

Express your confidence that they will be able to stand their ground when faced with tough decisions and that they have your support.

Upcoming Events

Parenting Groups

PARENTING FROM DIFFERENT HOUSEHOLDS – for anyone parenting or providing care for youth that has shared custody, co-parenting with foster or kinship care providers, going through custody cases (via divorce, separation, or with Children Services).

2nd and 4th Tuesdays 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

PASS: 648 Clymer Road Suite 120

Marysville, Ohio 43040

CARING FOR CHILDREN WITH MENTAL/EMOTIONAL/BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS – for anyone parenting or providing care for youth that experience mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs and challenges.

2nd and 4th Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

PASS: 648 Clymer Road Suite 120

Marysville, Ohio 43040

Get great information from our Podcast Series. 

  • Hit this link to connect to our Podcast!
  • This month’s feature is about Teens Taking Action!
  • Here about the ways, teens in Union County are helping to make the world a better place.


Ohio 4-H Teen Survey – please provide your feedback! | Washington County 4-H

Drug-Free Union County’s Teen Prevention Leaders are seeking input from area high school students. Please take a quick moment and answer these survey questions.

Teen Perception Survey


Questions about Social Media and your child?  Watch our Community Conversation regarding this issue. 


Parents, Stay Positive!
FREE, 5-Week Group for Parents
Wednesdays, February 3rd – March 3rd
6:00-8:00 PM

Call or email Action for Children at
614-382-2445 or alyles@actionforchildren.org

Each participant will also have 3 one-on-one phone sessions with the group leaders to make the strategies
really work for their families.

Drugs + Alcohol

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