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29th Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect

Conference theme: Ending Child Abuse and Neglect

8:15 - 9 a.m.: Pre-registrant sign-in/on-site registration/networking

9 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions

9:15 a.m.: Keynote address by Lori Poland, a mental health therapist and CEO of the National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect.

10:45 a.m. - noon: Workshop Session I

  • Lori Poland – Ending Child Abuse and Neglect:  Follow-up Discussions with the Keynoter
  • Ellis Dumas and Thomas Stefaniak – Lake County Child Welfare Issues and Trends
  • Speaker TBD – ACE Interface: Building Self-Healing Communities - Part I  
  • Stephanie Shene – Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope (Part I – Video)
  • Trustee Frank Mrvan and panel -- Sexual Abuse Prevention:  No More Secrets, an Update
  • Sophia Arshad  – NWI’s Immigrants: Legal and Social Services Issues
  • Noon: Lunch Break/Networking

    1 to 2:15 p.m.: Workshop Session II

  • Speaker - TBD – ACE Interface: Building Self-Healing Communities -- Part II 
  • Stephanie Shene – Resilience: The Biology of Stress… (Part II -  Discussion)  
  • Tracy Lewis –  The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Minority Communities 
  • Laura Smith-Wynn and Rosemarie Grabowski – School Dropout Prevention:  A Precursor to Ending Violence in the ‘Hood’
  • Natalie Lukich and panel – Families and LGBTQAI+ Issues
  • Wendy Hensley – Supporting Supervisors and Staff: A Training in Reflective Supervision
  • 2:30 p.m.: Closing Plenary

    Presentation of Prevent Child Abuse Lake County’s (PCALC) Annual Dr. Richard W. Hug Cherish the Children Award

    Special Guests:  Todd Meyer, Associate Director, Indiana Department of Child Services

                               Sharon Pierce, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana

    4 p.m.: Adjournment


    Friday April 26, 2019 08:15 AM
    Friday April 26, 2019 04:00 PM
    Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center.
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