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ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Office of the Assistant Secretary, Suite 600
370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20447
On behalf of the Administration for Children and Families, I am pleased to welcome you the 14th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Gateways to Prevention. These national training conferences play a significant role in expanding our horizons, and I thank you for coming to St. Louis to participate in this very important event.
The Administration for Children and Families has been a strong supporter of these national conferences and other initiatives to prevent child abuse and neglect for nearly 30 years. As a child psychologist, I have seen first-hand the devastating effects of violence and neglect on our nation's most vulnerable citizens. This Administration is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of children through a range of strategies. Our marriage education, responsible fatherhood, youth development, and community and faith-based initiatives focus on strengthening families to prevent the need for intervention. By undertaking preventative efforts to help families in crisis, the prospects for children to live in a permanent home are enhanced.
The conference theme, Gateways to Prevention, reminds us that there are myriad ways we can help parents to rear their children in positive and healthy environments. The conference program includes a broad array of national and local speakers who will share with you their knowledge and experience in working with America's families to provide children with a sound foundation for success.
The Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, the National an Local Advisory Committees, and many, many others have worked hard to ensure that you have an informative and invigorating experience. I hope that you enjoy your stay in St. Louis, and that the 14th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect does indeed offer you Gateways to Prevention and a renewed commitment to approaching the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
Wade F. Horn, Ph. D.
for Children and Families