Melania Trump is steadily stepping into her role as First Lady, and she has determined the agenda that will define her tenure.
First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Huntington, West Virginia, to promote a cause dear to her heart. The First Lady, traveling alone, visited Lily’s Place, a charitable treatment facility that provides care for infants suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome due to parental drug abuse. “I want to be here to support you and give a voice to Lily’s Place and also for the opioid epidemic,” Melania Trump said, according to The Independent Journal Review.
According to their mission statement, Lily’s Place is dedicated to providing “medical care to infants suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and offer non-judgmental support, education and counseling services to families and caregivers. Together we can create healthier families and help end the cycle of addiction.” They rely on donations to meet their funding needs.
Lily’s Place provides treatment for infants whose mothers abused drugs, especially opioids, while pregnant. Lily’s Place’s treatment facilities provide drug treatment for addicted parents while caring for the needs of babies born addicted to illicit drugs.
“We need to open the conversation to children and young mothers how it’s dangerous to use drugs and get addicted to it,” Melania Trump told the staff at the care center.
Mrs. Trump visited with both parents and infants at the care center and shared some of the heartwarming pictures from the visit on Twitter. Adding the caption, “Today’s visit to @LilysPlaceWV was incredibly special. Let us all find ways to help children grow into happy, healthy adults.”
Melania Trump praised the staff at Lily’s Place and said the facility should serve as a model for the rest of the nation. “It is my hope that we can find ways to create more of the opportunities afforded by places like Lily’s Place,” the First Lady explained. “So that we can continue to help infants and children grow into happy, healthy adults.”
Additionally, the First Lady held her first round-table discussion on the opioid epidemic Thursday, inviting addiction recovery experts and those personally impacted by the opioid crisis to share their stories in the White House dining room, as reported by CNN.
“The well-being of children is of the utmost importance to me and I plan to use my platform as the First Lady to help as many kids as I can,” Mrs. Trump said at the round-table discussion. The First Lady’s agenda will focus on improving the lives of America’s children, and she is starting by focusing on the devastation wrought on young people at the hands of the opioid epidemic.
First Lady Melania Trump visited infants and children born to drug-addicted mothers in West Virginia. Do you think the US has an opioid epidemic?
The First Lady was joined by Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who is serving as the chair of a presidential commission on drug abuse and opioids.
“Whether it is drug addiction, bullying, poverty, disease, trafficking, illiteracy or hunger, it is the children who are hit first and hardest in any country,” Mrs. Trump explained. “And as we all know, the future of every nation rests with the promise of their young people.”
The First Lady is staying true to her commitment to women and children as she promised on the campaign trail. All eyes will be on her future efforts and the legacy she’ll build throughout her tenure.