History

Founded in 1982, Families in Action is a nonprofit organization created by a coalition of community agencies to reduce substance abuse through parent education, parent engagement, and parent involvement. Families in Action is recognized at the community, state and national level for its accomplishments.

Today, Families in Action continues to promote parent-centered substance abuse prevention through education and policy advocacy.

1981 First meeting of the Wilson County Committee for Awareness of Substance Abuse
1982 Wilson Families in Action established and board of directors elected
1985 With First Lady Dottie Martin helped launch the statewide Parent-to-Parent initiative
1987 Organized one of the first America’s PRIDE youth leadership teams in the nation
1988 Organized and coordinated North Carolina’s first statewide Red Ribbon Campaign
1989 Opened its first office
1990 Incorporated by the State of North Carolina
2001 Selected as a NC State Incentive Grant recipient
2002 Piloted the National Parent Corps©
2004 Established the NC Parent Resource Center and the NC Parent Network
2005 First NC Parent Network Conference held
2007 Served as lead agency for the creation of the Wilson County Substance Abuse Coalition
2008 Received Community Anti-Drug Coalition’s 2008 Outstanding State Member award
2009 Coordinated NC’s first Capital Hill Day prevention advocacy initiative in conjunction with the CADCA National Leadership Forum with nearly 40 of NC’s prevention professionals participating
2010 Advocated successfully for the ban on smoking in restaurants in NC, for the state retaining control of the state Alcohol Beverage Control system, and against the City of Raleigh’s request to the NC ABC Commission to name the Raleigh Amphitheater after an alcohol product. Partnered with Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse and the NC Governor’s Institute on Alcohol and Substance Abuse to present “How to Raise a Drug Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents,”, featuring former US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Joe Califano.
2011 Increased the capacity to disseminate substance abuse prevention information to prevention professional, parents, elected officials, educators, etc. using the iContact e-mail marketing platform with the capability to email targeted groups.
2012 Celebrates 30 years of strengthening families, promoting health, and preventing addictions.
2013 Featured in SAMHSA’s Road to Recovery TV and Radio series; included in the NC Center for Safer Schools 2013 Report to the Governor as a statewide resource; and, partnered with NC’s First Lady, Ann McCrory, to promote Family Day with an appearance in Wilson NC.
2014 Sponsored the Southeast Premier of Partnership for Drug-Free Kids “Out of Reach” initiative; held the 12th Annual NC Prevention Conference; and, appeared in a WNCT-TV, Greenville NC, special program on addiction; and, partnered with the NC Attorney General’s office to co-sponsor and host the Stop Rx Drug Abuse Student Video Competition awards luncheon.
2015 Held the 13th Annual NC Prevention Conference; and, partnered with the NC Attorney General’s office to co-sponsor and host the Stop Rx Drug Abuse Student Video Competition awards luncheon.