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Meth Seminar Focuses on Children

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When children are living in homes where methamphetamine is being produced, they often are neglected, emotionally traumatized and in need of specialized psychological care. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports on a seminar that took place in Springfield Wednesday to teach law enforcement and others the best way to handle these children when removing them from their home.

About 40 people from law enforcement, juvenile justice, social work, and healthcare came together Wednesday in Springfield to learn how best to deal with children who are removed from homes where methamphetamine is being made.

The seminar presented information of interest to the Greene County DEC or Drug Endangered Children Team.

Lisa Street is the Greene County Family Drug Court Administrator.

Experts say children who are removed from meth labs have significant psychological issues.

Anne Shubert is a supervisor for the Juvenile Office in Greene County.

Shubert says she hopes that this week's seminar will improve communication between law enforcement, children's division and the juvenile office.

The seminar held this week in Springfield is part of a series of seminars that are being held around the state.

Vivian Murphy with the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association says she hopes that the seminars will lead to a statewide coalition to advocate for children who come from homes where drugs are present.

Funding for the seminars comes from the Department of Justice, the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association and the University of Missouri Columbia Truman School of Public Affairs.