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17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect - Children's Bureau
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3/30/2009 to 4/4/2009
When: March 30 - April 4, 2009
Where: Marriott Atlanta Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30303
United States

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If you are not paying by credit card, please print out a copy of the registration form and mail it in along with your payment. If you are not attending pre-conference seminars, special events, or the Closing Luncheon, you may fax in your registration to (703) 528-7957, attention "Jennifer." If you are submitting payment along with your registration form, you must mail in your registration form to: 17th NCCAN, c/o Pal-Tech, Inc., 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 22209. Please make your check payable to: "Pal-Tech, ref. 17th NCCAN." You will not be registered for any fee-based activities unless payment accompanies your registration form.

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Questions about the 17th National Conference? Call (703)528-0435.

About the Conference

Focusing on the Future: Strengthening Families and Communities is the theme of the 17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, which is scheduled to be held Marcy 30 - April 4, 2009 at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. The Conference theme, Focusing on the Future: Strengthening Families and Communities, reflects our resolve to ensure that every child enjoys a healthy family life in a nurturing community. It emphasizes the need for prevention and comprehensive services to address co-occurring disorders and highlights evidence- based approaches to improving practice and systems.

Conference offerings include: Pre-Conference Seminars, Plenary and Mini-Plenary Sessions, Skill Seminars, Workshops, and Roundtables. Experiential Learning Opportunities introduce participants to a unique vehicle for gaining knowledge and insight into local history and culture, as well as practice issues.

We welcome and encourage vendors, publishers, government agencies, and child welfare organizations to share new and innovative information about products and services relevant to the field of child and family services at the 17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. To obtain information about exhibiting and to register, please visit our website.

During April, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect and its partners work to increase public awareness about the issue of child abuse and neglect. Together, we strive to educate both professionals and the general public about the important roles of prevention, family support, and community involvement in protecting children from abuse and neglect. We are delighted to be joined in these efforts by our outstanding National Planning Committees and Local Planning Committees who represent the diversity of disciplines involved in preventing and responding to child maltreatment. We are especially pleased to be joined by our long time Federal agency partner and collaborator, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as we convene in their home community of Atlanta.

The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect

The Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) within the Children’s Bureau provides leadership in the field of child maltreatment. While the primary responsibility for responding to cases of child maltreatment rests with State and local agencies, OCAN serves as the national focal point for child abuse and neglect policy and program issues. The agency oversees interagency collaborative efforts, including inter- and intra- agency agreements; sponsors national conferences; and leads special initiatives related to child abuse and neglect prevention, intervention practice and systems reform. As the principal Federal coordination point for all activities related to ensuring the safety of children at risk, OCAN supports prevention activities through the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Program and promotes improvements in Child Protective Service (CPS) systems through discretionary grant activities. Using funds from the Department of Justice’s Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA), OCAN manages the Children’s Justice Act (CJA) grants to improve the investigationand prosecution of serious child abuse and neglect cases, especially child sexual abuse, abuse related fatalities, and to reduce the trauma to the child victim.

About the Children’s Bureau

As the oldest Federal agency with sole legislative responsibility for safety and well being of children, the Children’s Bureau (CB) assists States in the delivery of child welfare services – services designed to protect children and strengthen families. Located within the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, the mission of the Children’s Bureau is to provide for the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. The Children’s Bureau carries out this mission through leadership, support for necessary services, and productive partnerships with States, Tribes, and communities.

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