Home About But What about the Children? Parent Corps Treatment Links Archive Donate


Helping parents prevent children from using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs since 1977.
National Families in Action
P.O. Box 133136
Atlanta, Georgia 30333-3136

Board of Directors
William F. Carter
Chairman of the Board
Parent Corps National Coordinator

Atlanta, Georgia

Sue Rusche
President and Chief Executive Officer
Atlanta, Georgia

Carol S. Reeder
Atlanta, Georgia

Paula C. Kemp
Jackson, Mississippi

Jeannine F. Addams
J. Addams & Partners, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia

William H. Avery
Partner (Ret.)
Alston & Bird LLP
Atlanta, Georgia

Charles B. Bedford
Executive Director Emeritus
University Center in Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia

Richard L. Brown
Attorney (Ret.)
Washington D.C.

Pat Giuliani
Parent Corps Parent Leader
Walton High School
Marietta, Georgia

Garry Guan
A-A Language Services, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia

Herbert F. (Ted) Johnson
Vice President
Primerica Financial Services
Marietta, Georgia

Financial Information
2009 IRS 990 Form

2008 IRS 990 Form

2007 IRS 990 Form

2006 IRS 990 Form

2005 IRS 990 Form

About National Families in Action

National Families in Action is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977. The organization obtained the nationís first state laws banning the sale of drug paraphernalia. It led a national effort to help parents replicate Georgiaís laws in other states to prevent the marketing of drugs and drug use to children and helped them form parent groups to protect childrenís health.

During the 1980s, Sue Rusche, the organizationís director, wrote a twice-weekly column on drug abuse that was syndicated by King Features to some 100 newspapers across the nation.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, National Families in Action published Drug Abuse Update, a quarterly publication that highlighted scientific research about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, their impact on the brain and body, and the work done by all segments of society to reduce drug use, abuse, addiction, and other high-risk behaviors.

With demonstration grants from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention in the 1990s, the organization worked with families in inner-city Atlanta public housing communities to help parents protect their children from the crack epidemic and to help parents and teachers conduct an after-school program, Club HERO, for sixth-grade students at a large, inner- city middle school.

National Families in Action co-founded the Addiction Studies Program for Journalists with Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 1999. This effort is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, as is the Addiction Studies Program for the States which began in 2005. The Treatment Research Institute and the National Conference of State Legislatures became two additional partners for the states program.

Both programs seek to provide a basic understanding of the science that underlies drug abuse and addiction to help journalists write more scientifically accurate stories about drugs and to help lawmakers and executive branch administrators implement more effective drug policies in their states.

To further educate the public about the impact of addictive drugs on the brain and behavior, the programís directors wrote False Messengers: How Addictive Drugs Change the Brain (Friedman and Rusche, Harwood Academic Books, 1999).

In 2003, with a $4.2 million grant from Congress, National Families in Action created the Parent Corps via a pilot program conducted in 19 schools in nine states. The program received a no-cost extension to operate for a fourth year through 2007. It currently continues in two Georgia schools with private funding. U.S. Representative John Lewis has introduced the National Parents Corps Act to make the Parent Corps a permanent institution in the effort to protect adolescents from high-risk behaviors that endanger their health, safety, and well-being.


Subscribe to National Families in Actionís free, weekly e-newsletter, The Marijuana Report, here. Thank you!


Copyright 2018 by National Families in Action. All rights reserved. Site Map. Privacy. Last updated: