I am responding because of Secretary Of State Dennis Richardson’s latest email and am heartened by this welcome leadership change in Oregon’s Child Welfare system. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, we offer the opportunity for all vulnerable children to honor mind, body, and spirit without drugs or alcohol before 21 at Laura’s Pledge. Joseph A Califano Jr.’s research and advocacy explained in How To Raise A Drug-Free Kid suggests that children who take our Sobriety Pledge significantly reduce the possibility of the addiction which consumes 40 million Americans. This link also contains 6 effective drug and/or alcohol-refusal skills. Our successful goal for the past decade has been to expand Sobriety Pledges by at least 25 each year. We plan to welcome 350 proactive participants by December 31, 2018. Please share the audio, video and text contents of our website www.bradmersereau.com with all whom you believe might benefit. The favor of your reply is requested.

Thanks for your time and attention. Sincerely, Brad Mersereau