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Advocating for Children

In October, CCE helped coordinate two very important conferences for children’s advocates.

The first was the California State Foster Parent Association’s 35th annual training conference, taking place in Ontario, CA from October 5-7. This year’s theme was “When You Believe, You Can Succeed” and foster parents and advocates from around the state came together to participate and learn practices to pass this sentiment on to their own foster children and clients.

Attendees were able to participate in various workshops including gang awareness, grief and attachment issues. Guest speakers came from the Youth Law Center and the California Department of Social Services. Patricia Negus, president of the California State Foster Parent Association, hoped that the variety of speakers and topics would give participants the chance to refresh, regroup and absorb new practices to take back to their everyday lives.

The next conference took place in Universal City, CA on October 20 — the Nexus XVI training conference for the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN). In 2009 alone, at least 3.3 million reports of suspected child abuse and neglect involving an estimated 6 million children were received by child welfare agencies in the United States. A wide variety of speakers ranging from doctors, attorneys, state and county leaders, social workers, rehabilitation coordinators and inspirational speakers expanded attendees’ knowledge of this significant issue.

The Los Angeles County ICAN serves as the official county agency coordinating the development of services for the prevention, identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect. In 1994, ICAN and the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council formed a joint task force to address the interrelated issues of child abuse and domestic violence and in 1996, this effort resulted in the creation of ICAN’s inaugural conference, “NEXUS I.” Subsequently, this successful collaboration led to their annual NEXUS conferences. Now in its 16th year, coordinators hope that the information presented will continue to inspire participation in violence prevention efforts in the home, the community and throughout society.

To learn more about how CCE’s Conference and Training Services department can support your next event, please visit our conferences page.