Missouri Task Force Moves to Help Children Found Near Meth Labs

NOVEMBER 30, 2005 - Posted at 5:50 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Missouri's rank as the leading state for seizures of meth labs has officials worried about the fate of children whose parents are busted.

Now, with $250,000 in federal funds, a task force is looking into what happens to such children.  The panel's two-year mission also aimed to develop statewide protocols for helping children taken from homes where methamphetamine labs are found.

Senator Kit Bond helped secure the money.  Bond says more than 500 children in the state are found near meth labs each year.

The task force includes court personnel, law enforcement officers and first responders.  They plan to develop procedures and training materials for helping the children, beginning the moment a meth lab is busted.

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