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Annual Statewide Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Conference

Prevention in Partnership: Building a Hopeful Future Together

The Virginia Department of Social Services' Protection and Prevention Team, in partnership with Families Forward Virginia, is hosting a conference April 15-16, 2024. Join us!

We will explore and celebrate the concept of creating a future where people feel empowered, connected, and optimistic about their collective and individual contributions towards ending child abuse and neglect. This focus lifts up a holistic approach that recognizes the interconnectedness of physical, social, emotional, cultural, and economic elements to create an environment that nurtures human potential and well-being. Come learn in a host of sessions on the latest data and best practices to prevent child abuse and neglect.

We're excited to welcome the distinguished Dr. Viola Vaughan-Eden, Ph.D., M.S.W., M.J. as the keynote speaker of this conference. Dr. Vaughan-Eden is a professor and Ph.D. program director at Norfolk State University's Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, and the President and CEO of UP for Champions. She brings unparalleled expertise as a forensic and licensed clinical social worker with over 2,500 child abuse evaluations, 650 expert testimonies, and extensive national and international training on child welfare.

VDSS will also be hosting Virginia's first ever Trees for Champions event, in partnership with the UP Institute. This event honors the lives lost to child abuse and neglect by planting memorial trees and reinforces our community's commitment to preventing future tragedies.

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Richmond Marriott
500 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219
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(800) 828-1120, or 711