3 things to know: Probation department hosts

GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Juvenile Probation Department is inviting community members to a discussion about crime trends among teens in the community.

Probation officers will sit down with parents in three monthly dinner meetings to offer insight on youth behavior and what parents can do to keep their children safe and out of trouble, organizers said.

Each “dinner and discuss” event will focus on a different topic. The meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. on June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25 at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road in Greenfield.

Here are three things to know about the event:

1. It’s adults only

Any Hancock County resident over the age of 18 is welcome to join in the discussion, but the program is geared toward parents in the community, organizers said. Dinner will be provided at each event, thanks to a grant from the Hancock County Community Foundation. Childcare will not be provided.

2. Discussions will vary

The monthly dinner program will begin June 30 with a discussion on teen drug use. Probation officers say they can provide parents information about what drugs appear to be used frequently by teens and how to keep kids away from dangerous substances.

The July event will focus on community resources available to teens; in August, the topic is choices and consequences.

3. RSVPs are appreciated

The programs have limited space for 20 attendees, organizers said. To register, call 317-477-1135, ext. 2, or email dmaxwell@hancockcoingov.org. Registration ends June 26 at 3 p.m. for the June 30 discussion.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.