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Prevention Is Protection— Transforming Child Welfare & Strengthening Families

Thursday, April 23, 2020 9:00 am - 12:30 pm EST

***Please note: Due to the rapidly changing public health situation caused by COVID-19, we have shifted this event to be VIRTUAL ONLY.

A National Dialogue

Preventing child abuse and neglect is a collective effort. The COVID-19 public health crisis is requiring our systems and families to rapidly adapt to changing environments. Protecting children requires bringing together people, systems, and technology to strengthen families and build the capacity of community-based services.

Join us for a national dialogue on April 23 as we observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The event will feature two panels, with discussions covering how systems can be transformed to protect children, efforts underway during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what programs and services are supporting and building the evidence for community-driven efforts in prevention.


Moderator: Alisa Santucci, MS, LCMFT, Principal Associate, Abt Associates

Panel 1 – Webinar #1: Transforming Systems to Protect Children
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. ET

  • Jerry Milner, DSW, Associate Commissioner, HHS/ACF/ACYF/Children’s Bureau
  • J. Bart Klika, Ph.D., Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Prevent Child Abuse America
  • Teresa Rafael, MSW, Executive Director, Children’s Trust Fund Alliance (formerly the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds)
  • Vivek Sankaran, J.D., Director, Child Advocacy Law Clinic, University of Michigan Law School

Panel 2 – Webinar #2: Supporting Community-Driven and Evidence Building Prevention Efforts
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

  • Allison Hyra, Ph.D., Project Director, Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families Project, Abt Associates
  • Deborah Northburg, M.A., Sr. Director, CITC Child & Family Services, Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families Grantee, Cook Tribal Inlet, Anchorage, AK
  • Raven Sigure, Parent Partner Mentor, Extra Mile Resource Center Region IV
  • Valerie Spiva Collins, Ph.D., Director, FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention

This event was previously scheduled to be held in downtown DC. It will now be a virtual event. You may decide to attend either panel, or both. Each panel will have a separate webinar link. The links to join the panels will be posted to the Eventbrite page the morning of the event and sent to all registered participants, as well.

An event video recording will be available for anyone who is unable to participate.