Growing up in a family where alcohol or other drugs are a problem often comes with unique challenges, including School Problems, Physical Illness, Behavioral Health Problems, and Substance Abuse Problems.
We are here to help.
The mission of the Kids Like Us program is to break the cycle of addiction by identifying youth impacted by familial substance abuse and engaging them in best practices of prevention in both school and community settings.
Kids Like Us is a free, confidential counseling support program for students in grades 4 and above who are affected by the addiction or substance abuse of a close family member. Kids Like Us is offered by the Behavioral Services Division of the Frederick County Health Department in collaboration with Frederick County Public School Counselors. Kids Like Us has helped Frederick County youth understand and cope with family substance abuse since 1988.
Kids Like Us is the recipient of the 2017 National Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies on behalf of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc.
2017-2018 Collaborating Schools
Elementary Schools Ballenger Creek * Brunswick * Carroll Manor * Deer Crossing * Emmitsburg* Glade * Lewistown * Liberty * Lincoln * Middletown * Myersville * Sabillasville * New Market * North Frederick * Oakdale * Orchard Grove * Spring Ridge * Thurmont * Tuscarora * Waverly * Walkersville * Whittier * Wolfsville * Yellow Springs Middle Schools Ballenger Creek * Brunswick * Crestwood * Gov. Thomas Johnson * Monocacy * New Market * Thurmont * West Frederick High School Catoctin Summer Art Adventure Camp and Annual Public Art Show School-Based group participants in elementary and middle school are invited to a free, summer, art day camp program with lots of enriching and fun activities. An annual public art show of art created at day camp is exhibited at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center (September 1-30) and the Frederick County Health Department auditorium (October-April).