In this time of widespread change, we are acutely aware of the need for ongoing growth—for ourselves, our organizations, and our communities. The choices we make and actions we take today inform how we all will flourish in the days and years to come.

Join us for “Transforming Our Tomorrow: 2021 Prevent Child Abuse America Virtual Conference,” three days of learning and discovery, where we’ll continue to explore the needs of our communities and the impacts of our work.

We are excited to announce our keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Nadine Burke Harris: the Surgeon General of California and long-time advocate for the prevention of ACEs
  • Lisseth Rojas-Flores: Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Doctoral Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Vu Le: writer, speaker, and the former Executive Director of RVC, known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns

This event is hosted by Prevent Child Abuse America, a national non-profit where we work hard to realize our vision of a world where all children grow up happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed in supportive families and communities.

See below for a list of sessions by day.

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If you are interested in participating in this event as a sponsor, exhibitor, or by submitting documents for our virtual resource table: please reach out to conference2021@preventchildabuse.org.

You can view the list below for more info on the type of sessions that you will be able to attend. A full agenda with assigned times and more information about each session will be available on the virtual platform—which can be accessed by all registered attendees. If you require more specifics about any of the sessions ahead of time, please reach out to us at conference2021@preventchildabuse.org. Additionally, all of these sessions will also be recorded (unless noted otherwise) and made available for registered attendees to view on the platform after the event.


Please Note: this list was last updated July 30, 2021 and is subject to change. 


Tuesday, August 10
Keynote 11:00am - 12:30pm CT
Dr. Nadine Burke-HarrisSurgeon General of California and long-time advocate for the prevention of ACEs
Presentation TitlePresenters
Session 1: 1:00pm - 2:00pm CT
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Getting the Message to Everyone through the “Are They Good for Your Kids” Campaign  Janna Estep Jordan, Emily Bandy 
Need 2 Know Parent Resources: Just-in-time tools  LaCrisha Rose
Economic and Concrete Supports as Core Child Welfare Strategy to Strengthen Families *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackClare Anderson, Dana Weiner, Krista Thomas
Exposing Exploitation: Primary Prevention of Child Sex TraffickingVeronica Ford, Gina Hernandez
Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable: Using a Community of Practice to Explore the Application of the Diversity Informed Tenets with Home Visiting ProfessionalsDara Williamson, Karen Williams, Jess Jobe
Honey & Acorn: Colorado's Innovative Childcare SolutionJade Woodard
Moving Families from Surviving to ThrivingMaureen Hollocker
The Story of Your Number: An ACEs Awareness Campaign for EveryoneJoy Thomas, Sarah Marikos
Youth Engagement in Prevention WorkCeleste Coler, Aliyah Lipsky, Tessa Perterson
Where Do We Go from Here? Conversation on Key Findings from a Community-Based Needs Assessment on Mandated ReportingKatie Sloan, Melissa Bishop, Tomoko Wakabayashi, Katie Homant
Race Equity: From Theory to Practice Deconstructing Structural Racism and Building Well-being *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackSamantha Mellerson, Kimm Campbell, Keith Bostick
No Hit Zones: A Simple, Low-cost tool to Address a Key Risk Factor of Child AbuseStacie LeBlanc, Jyll Walsh
Session 2: 2:30pm - 3:30pm CT 
Bridging the Gap between Families and ServicesMaureen Hollocker
Coaching and Supervision: An Effective Process for ManagersNatalie Adams, Amanda Beach
Consent? Child’s Play: Brain Developmental Windows in Childhood for Learning Consent Marcie Hambrick
Digital Interventions to Address Substance Use in Pregnant and Postpartum PeopleSarah Dauber, Alexa Beacham, Cori Hammond, Michelle Martinez
Focusing on Mothers' Parenting Stress and Financial Situation as a Means to Eradicate Child NeglectRufaro Chitiyo
Framing Messages to Strengthen Families *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackKatie Facchinello, Charles Mutscheller, Jennifer Devlin
Marijuana, Children, and Families: Navigating Complexities after LegalizationAnne Auld, Jade Woodard
Research-Policy-Practice Partnerships: Uniting Cylinders of ExcellenceLisa Schelbe, Bart Klika
Safe Kids Thrive! Tips and Tools to Create Safer Environments to Keep Kids SafeTammy Bernardi, Suzin Bartley
The Alliance Resiliency Project: A Model for Flexible Funding to Support FamiliesMartha Reeder
Race Equity: From Theory to Practice—What Happens before the Knock *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackSamantha Mellerson, Kimm Campbell, Keith Bostick
Creating an Effective and Equitable Prenatal-to-3 System of CareCynthia Osborne
Session 3: 4:00pm - 5:00pm CT
Affirming Support is Best Practice: Strategies for Working with Families through an LGBTQ LensAli Munshi, Michelle Marty
Be Strong Families—A More Perfect Union Parent CaféSarita Sashington
Curriculum Development & Adaptation: The Science for Success with Adult LearnersAmanda Beach, Nan Beeler
Enhancing Prevention through Use of Developmental Evaluation Tools: A Methodological Overview and Examples from Multi-system Collaborations Designed to Prevent Child Maltreatment and Reduce FatalitiesE. Susana Mariscal, Laura Pinsoneault, Gretchen Martin, Bryan Victor
Increasing Access to Earned Income Tax CreditKathryn Maguire-Jack, Atticus Solomon, Emily Schuster-Wachsberger
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Organizations through Policy Change and PartnershipsAbby Kibar, Sarah Curley
Systems for Staff Support: Supporting Family Support Staff during a Pandemic and BeyondMeg Manning, Charlene Best-Brown
Taking the Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences UpstreamVicky Roper, Jade Woodward, Sharon Hirsch, Sandra Alexander, Julia Neighbors, Phyllis Ottley (author), Angie Guinn (author)
The Father’s Feelings Project: An Innovative Approach to Increase Parenting Equity for Dads in OhioNicole Sillaman, Brittany Pope
Race Equity: From Theory to Practice Operationalizing Anti-Racist Practice in Child Welfare *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackSamantha Mellerson, Kimm Campbell, Keith Bostick, Lisa Hypolite, Maneashia Hill, Suzanne Bundy
State of Indiana's Healthy Families Digital TransformationCasey Holt, Kevin Jones
Wednesday, August 11
Keynote 11:00am - 12:30pm CT
Dr. Lisseth Rojas-FloresAssociate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Doctoral Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary
Presentation TitlePresenters
Session 1: 1:00 pm - 2:00pm CT
All in For Kansas Kids: Using 1-800-Children and Aunt Bertha *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackPamela Noble, Kaitlyn Moore, Vicky Roper, Travis Singley, Suzanne Heritage
Building Birth and Foster Parent RelationshipsKara Georgi
Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior: Who Are They and How Can We Help?Jennifer Shields
Circle of Parents®: What's It All About?Julie McAdam, Donna Guevara
Development and Utilization of the Healthy Families America (HFA) Service PlanJennifer Durand, Deanna Schlautman
Encouraging Safe Practices: An Informed Approach to Protecting Children OnlineAriane Beauchamp, Shelby Marsh
How Your Story Can Change the WorldTerina Maldonado
Kitchen Table ConversationsMissy Berglund, Ray  Washington, Shana Shaw, Renetta Haynes
Resilience: A Parent’s Journey  LaCrisha Rose
Structural Cross-sector Collaboration within Pediatric Care to Support Families with InfantsRobert Sege, Azieb Ermias
The Epidemic of Inequities for Families Who Immigrated to the United StatesChristy Tirrell-Corbin, Carlomagno Panlilio, Bart Klika
Session 2: 2:30pm - 3:30pm CT 
Advancing Child and Family Well-being County by County: Primary Prevention Planning in CaliforniaMichael Williams, Sara LaCroix, Hillary Konrad, Stuart Oppenheim
Assessing Safety in Substance Use Disorders CasesAmanda Beach, Alex Bishara
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Legislation in the States: A Call to Action for Policymakers and AdvocatesJetta Bernier, Lindsay Hawthorne
Collaborative Leadership: Effecting Community Change *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackRachel Miller, Donna Guevara, Julie McAdam
Family Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results from a Survey of 9000 US Parents and CaregiversFatimah Abioye, Robert Sege
Family Resource Centers—Unity in Diversity *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackSheila Boxley, Ron Brown, Katie Albright, Angela Ponivas
Nurturing Fathers *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackKara Georgi, Michael Huesca
Policy Change: The Benefits of Engaging with State LegislatorsKelly Crane, Karen DeRasmo, Kristen Davis, Tricia Ewing, Sen. Sarah McBride (DE), Sen. Bo Watson (TN)
Self-Care: Explore WATEREleanor Reese
ParentAble: Advancing Equity through Parenting Education in High SchoolKatharine Bensinger, Stephanie Starr, Alejandra Ortiz
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention for the LGBTQIA+ CommunityKirstie Grant
Session 3: 4:00pm - 5:00pm CT
Building Power through Caretaker and Family Voice Spaces *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackFikile Ryder, Heather Hicks
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention—Connecting Families and Communities Tammy Dunne, Meredith Stewart, Robin Rennells
Creating Sustainability for Community-based Projects: Benchmarks’ Partnering for ExcellenceJasmine Cain, Sharron Roberts
Disaster Without, Disaster Within: Natural Disasters, COVID-19, and Family ViolenceAndrew Campbell
How to Talk to Toddlers about Child Abuse PreventionJulie Federico
Parenting with PRIDE—Designing Group-based, Telehealth Solutions with PCIT in Times of COVID-19Leah Cerwin, Kate Bennett, Karleigh Meyer
Reflective Supervisor Self-care: Empowering the Caregiver through Fierce Self-compassionJenn Reed
The 90by30 Initiative Story: Mobilizing Community for Transformational Change *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackJeff Todahl, Sara Loveless, Celeste Mena Morales
The Stories We Tell Ourselves: How Social and Behavior Change Communications Can Change Norms around Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackKayce Singletary, Aditi Srivastav Bussels, Abby Wilson
Will There Be Anyone Who Looks Like Me: Starting Conversations about Race and PrivilegeAbigail Wengerd, Laura Wengerd
Paid Family Leave, Childcare Subsidies, and Tax Credit Policies as Child Maltreatment PreventionBart Klika, Whitney Rostad, Kathryn Maguire-Jack
Nebraska Partnering with Lived Experience: Community and Systems *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackBobbi Taylor, Jessica Hilderbrand, Julie Nash, Ashley Schmit, Emily Kluver, Rebecca Daugherty
Thursday, August 12
Keynote 11:00am - 12:30pm CT
Vu LeWriter, speaker, and the former Executive Director of RVC, known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns
Presentation TitlePresenters
Session 1: 1:00pm - 2:00pm CT
Creating a Culture of Parent SupportClaire Louge, Jim McKay
Executive Functioning across Generations: Learnings from the Field about Accelerating Brain Science-Informed StrategyGabriel McGaughey, John Everett Till
Exploration and Cultivation of Partnering with Parents *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackKara Georgi
Integrating Parent Education into Pediatric Primary Care Clinics Using the Triple P Positive Parenting ProgramLisa Stribl, Alesha Daniels, Robert Rohloff
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: Perspectives of North Carolina Elected OfficialsLauren Frey, Nina Tracy, Melea Rose-Waters, Carlye Wittek
Prevention for Children of Addiction: A Social Justice ImperativeWendy Wade
Racism as a Toxic Stressor for Families: What Can Home Visitors Do About it?Hannah Jones-Lewis, Briana Wright
The Power Dynamic of Child Sexual Abuse in Youth SportsToby Stark
Getting to the Root Cause of Child Abuse and Other Health Issues by Building Healthy, Supportive RelationshipsJoneen Mackenzie
Creative Outreach to Engage and Connect with OthersTracie Lansing
Attitudes, Norms, and Behaviors Associated with Physical Punishment in the United StatesBart Klika, Julia Fleckman
Foundational Authentic Youth Engagement Skills *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackAntoinette Rucker, Jamie Bennett
Session 2: 2:30pm - 3:30pm CT 
Engaging Indigenous Families and CommunitiesLaura Guay, Alan Rabideau
Family First in Kansas—Lessons Learned from the First Two YearsKelly Hayes, Allison Bowling, Kaela Byers
Getting on the Right PATH for CaregiversGinger Healy, Julie Beem
Prevention through Partnerships: It Takes EVERYONE! *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackJanna Estep Jordan, Jill Seyfred
Relationship Education and Commitment Surveillance in Mechanisms to Prevent Perinatal Teen Dating Violence at Nurse Home Visiting: Reanalyzing a Randomized TrialQing Li
The Effects of Child Poverty Reductions on Child Protective Services Involvement and Placement into Out-of-home CareJessica Pac, Sophie Collyer
Trauma-Informed AdvocacyJesse Kohler, Daniel Press
Child Sexual Abuse: A Preventable Public Health ProblemElizabeth Letourneau 
Family Integrity & Justice Works at Public KnowledgeJerry Milner, David Kelly, and Christine Matlock
Youth Engagement to Promote Racial Equity *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackAntoinette Rucker, Jamie Bennett
Let's Talk About Race and Corporal PunishmentStacey Patton
Session 3: 4:00pm - 5:00pm CT
Be Their Voice—Substance Use, Abuse, and OutreachCarie Wimberly, Jennifer Sulik
Benchmarking Trauma in Child Welfare: A Brief ReportElinam Dellor
Community Driven Public Health Approach to Reduce Infant Sleep DeathsJasmine Brosnan, Stephanie Biegler, Diane Wright
Healthy Empowering Response to Opportunity ToolkitsKara Georgi, Victoria Hilt
HOPE—Healthy Outcomes from Positive ExperiencesDina Burstein, Amanda Winn, Loren McCullough
See My Color, Acknowledge My Trauma, Change the Outcome *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackCrystal Rozelle-Bennett
The Impact of Dyslexia on Family DynamicsElaine Holden
Trauma Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (T-SBIRT) in Home VisitingJames Topitzes, Staci Sontoski
Women with Histories of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Mothering, Resilience and Protecting the Next GenerationTeresa Gil
Working with Organized Labor to Help You Move Upstream: How Untraditional Partners Can Be a Goldmine!Jill Seyfred, Bill Londrigan, Steve Barger, Jeff Wiggins
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in Youth Serving Organizations: An Update on the CDC Foundation Project Progress and Next StepsAmber McKeen
Moving Further Upstream: How Three Thriving Families, Safer Children Jurisdictions are Reimagining their Work with Children and Families *Thriving Families, Safer Children TrackJade Woodard, Robert Matthews, Jamia Crockett

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