A Network for Parents and Guardians
The Northampton Prevention Coalition SAFE HOMES program empowers parents and guardians to create a safe environment for their teens and their teens’ friends by setting clear expectations about drug and alcohol use in their homes.
By filling out the form above, you are pledging:
- Not to serve or allow minors to consume alcohol or other drugs in your home.
- To actively supervise any parties that take place in your home.
- To be open to communication with other parents in an effort to create a safer community for our children.
How does the SAFE HOMES program work?
Parents and guardians sign an agreement to follow the 3 requirements of the SAFE HOMES program. Families who sign the agreement are listed in their local SAFE HOMES directory. All families receive a copy of the directory. Parents and guardians can use the directory when their teen is invited to someone’s home or a party.
If the host family is a member of SAFE HOMES, parents and guardians know:
- Teens will be supervised while in that home.
- No one in that home will serve alcohol to teens.
- They can contact the family to share information and ask questions.
For more information, contact Paul McNeil, NPC Coordinator at:
Tips for Families:
If your teen is invited to someone else’s home:
- Call the host parent to find out whether there will be parental supervision and whether alcoholic beverages will be served.
- Tell your child to call you if there are alcohol or drugs at the party. Make sure your child can reach you if necessary.
- Find out what time the gathering will end and when your child will be home. Be awake when your child arrives check in about the event.
If you or your teen are hosting a party…
- Set ground rules with your teen in advance.
- Encourage “by invitation only” gatherings.
- Be a visible host during the gathering.
- Don’t let anyone who appears to be intoxicated leave your home.
- Contact the parent if a teen appears to be intoxicated when arriving &mdash or if a teen brings drugs or alcohol to your home.
Know the Law: Your Civil and Criminal Liability
Massachusetts Statute C. 138 section 34 — whoever furnishes any such beverage or alcohol for a person under 21 years of age shall be punished by a fine of not more than $2,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year or both.
Serving or providing intoxicating substances to a minor may also be prosecuted under other criminal statutes, for example, child endangerment (such cases where the underage drinker harms himself or another), which can result in a State prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine up to $150,000.
Any person who serves alcohol resulting in intoxication is also civilly liable for injuries caused by the intoxicated person’s negligence.