This page is intended to help Parents as they approach difficult but important topics. We have listed some very basic resources, articles and links for information, and will continue to update the page as we receive more helpful information that we want to pass on to you. 

This weekend is Homecoming Weekend. Here are some helpful guidelines and tools you can use. Focus on making events fun and safe, and follow the laws. 

Here is a copy of our Raymond Coalition For Youth Community Resources Guide. This information is updated annually to ensure it is accurate and correct. Please feel free to share this guide electronically, or make copies to share. If you would like hard copies for your location please contact our office and we can bring some by. 

Click the image above to view the NH Party Host Liability Law

Helpful Links / Upcoming Community Events:

Families First: Support for care for all
Holding various support groups in the Seabrook/Portsmouth areas. Click on this picture for more information:

Keep Hope Alive Family Support Group Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month f
rom 7 pm - 8:30 pm. (click on the picture for the full-size document) 

**Please Note: August 2019 meetings are canceled. Meetings will start back up in September 2019. If anyone is in need of service they can contact Ann or Tom at 603-731-4227 or 603-731-1523, or email: - or visit for other meeting options. **

Upcoming Meetings:  9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16

Family Support Groups in New Hampshire,

Provided by Granite Pathways (click on image for full document)

Contact Lynn Fuller, Family Support Coordinator for the state of New Hampshire, with questions, or to start a support group in your area:

How do you really keep your kids safe from addiction?  90% of Americans with a substance use disorder began using substances before the age of 18. Visit the Addiction Policy Forum's Prevention Tips for Parents web page
Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, Season 2 Resources

Netflix's second series of #13ReasonsWhy has started. It covers serious and difficult issues facing youth today. They also provide a very useful toolkit on how to talk with your family about these issues. Read the press releases 1 and 2 that we have for this program, as well. Suicide Prevention Hotline 1.800.273.TALK. REMEMBER - talking about Suicide can help PREVENT suicide. 

Take a look at this great information and tips for parents and families from the "Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don't Mix program"

A Substance Abuse Guide for Parents from
National Families in Action - 
Helping parents prevent children from using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs since 1977.

NH Liquor Commission Division of Enforcement: The Wrong Path - Making the Right Choices, Staying on the Right Path

6 Parenting Practices: Help Reduce the Chances Your Child will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem.

Time to Talk Toolkit

When Talking with your Kids about Drugs and Alcohol

Parenting to Prevent Childhood Alcohol Use: 
Drinking alcohol undoubtedly is a part of American culture, as are conversations between parents and children about its risks and potential benefits. However, information about alcohol can seem contradictory. Alcohol affects people differently at different stages of life—small amounts may have health benefits for certain adults, but for children and adolescents, alcohol can interfere with normal brain development. Alcohol’s differing effects and parents’ changing role in their children’s lives as they mature and seek greater independence can make talking about alcohol a challenge. Parents may have trouble setting concrete family policies for alcohol use. And they may find it difficult to communicate with children and adolescents about alcohol­-related issues.

Prescription Drugs - Abuse and Addiction:
Prescription drug abuse is the use of a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the experience or feelings elicited. According to several national surveys, prescription medications, such as those used to treat pain, attention deficit disorders, and anxiety, are being abused at a rate second only to marijuana among illicit drug users. The consequences of this abuse have been steadily worsening, reflected in increased treatment admissions, emergency room visits, and overdose deaths.

Tobacco Addiction: 
We hope this Research Report will help readers understand the harmful effects of tobacco use and identify best practices for the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction.

E-Cigarettes & Vaping:

E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults - Fact Sheet from a report of the Surgeon General, December 2016.

Know the Risks: E-Cigarettes & Young People: Visit the U.S. Surgeon General's interactive website, updated December 2016. 

Marijuana Facts Parents Need To Know: 
The human brain does not fully mature until the early twenties. Among the last areas to develop are those that govern impulse control and planning. So what might that mean for teens? On one hand, they may be more adventurous than adults, willing to take chances…on the other, this could involve risky behaviors, including drug use. The trick is to find ways to encourage your kids to be the unique individuals they are, without exposing themselves to the dangers of experimenting with drugs - including marijuana. Talking openly about it is a good start. 

How Illegal Drugs Affect the Heart:
David Patterson, who works with the ACLS Training Center, has written this article about the effects of illegal drug use on the heart.


Families First: Support for care for all, (603) 422-8208

Seacoast Grandparents Recharge Group

Here are two links to two brochures for possible financial and other support services:    


This is a respite resource for grandparents who just need a little break and can possibly help with childcare:


Persist: A support group for pregnant and parenting women in recovery from substance use.  This free, weekly support group meets every Tuesday from 9:00 am-10:00 am in Haverhill, MA. Visit their website, or contact 978-992-8010 to register

So, Your Child is Going to a Party?      So, Your Child is Throwing a Party?
Safety Contract: 

We encourage you to print this and fill it out with your kids.

Hosting a "controlled party" - an underage drinking party - is illegal. Please watch this video made with the help of RCFY and the Raymond Police Department, that discusses this issue:

Take a look at this video PSA that the High School Youth Action students created in 2014 for the 2nd annual Granite Youth Alliance Film Festival:

The Raymond Coalition For Youth believes that ALL adults have the power to make a difference in the lives of our young people. To support this vision the Coalition has purchased multiple copies of Parent, Teacher, Mentor, Friend - by Peter L. Benson, PH.D.

These books are FREE for adults in the community who are looking to learn more about how simple it can actually be to make a difference in young person’s life. Male or Female, Old or Young, Rich or Poor, we are all responsible for the children our culture is raising. If you are interested in reading the book please contact our office, if you love it – please pass it along to a friend so others can learn about how easy it is, if you are not a fan and captivated from the start – please return to our office so we can share it with someone else.