The 17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect was held March 30 to April 4, 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference theme, "Focusing on the Future: Strengthening Families and Communities," reflects the resolve to continue to protect children by addressing the root causes of child maltreatment. Activities throughout the conference emphasized the importance of evidence-based and evidence-informed practice combined with practical experience and real world solutions.
Sponsored by the Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the conference brought together individuals from various disciplines and perspectives to discuss policy, research, program, and practice issues concerning the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The conference program emphasized the need for prevention and comprehensive services to address co-occurring disorders and highlights evidence-based approaches to improving practices and systems. A broad mix of interactive educational sessions offered excellent opportunities for promoting new working relationships, exchanging cutting-edge information on research, and reviewing practice issues and model programs for the diverse professional and volunteer populations who attended.
Goals of the Conference
The goals of the 17th National Conference include:
- Disseminating state-of-the-art information on research, practice, policy, and system reform
- Facilitating the exchange of information across disciplines and among individuals, groups, and institutions
- Reaching out to strengthen and sustain collaboration
- Highlighting the positive contribution of research to practice