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28th Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect

On Friday, April 27, in observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Indiana University Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), and its community partners, will host the 28th Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Theater at the Arts & Sciences Building.

The theme for this year’s free event is “Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, Resilience and Hope.”

The day will begin with registration and continental breakfast from 8:15 and 9 a.m., followed by introductory remarks by Elizabeth Guzman-Arredondo of Calumet College of St. Joseph, Marshelia Harris of IU Northwest’s School of Social Work, Ellis Dumas of the Indiana Department of Child Services, and IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe.


This year's forum will feature a keynote address by Author Shenadoah Chefalo who will present “Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Survivor’s Guide to the Long-Term Impact of Kids in Care.”

Chefalo is a child advocate and author of Garbage Bag Suitcase:  A Memoir.  She will share her “wholly dysfunctional journey” through a childhood with neglectful drug- and alcohol-addicted parents.  She will talk about how the trauma that she experienced remains with her today and how some of the coping skills that she developed in her childhood have not always been productive in her adult life.  But her accomplishments (author, speaker, administrator, advocacy group leader) show that hers is mainly a story of the triumph of resilience and hope. In her keynote address she will share her journey and present grass-roots approaches to improving child welfare services.  Her purpose will be to motivate, educate, and create an open and honest discussion about the current foster care system and the life-changing improvements that are needed.


The forum will include workshops covering a variety of topics, including: a trauma-informed approach to coaching; human trafficking; gang education; sexual abuse prevention; legal and social services issues of immigrants; behavioral and mental health services; issues related to sexual and gender identity; and much more.

Closing Plenary

There will be a presentation of the Prevent Child Abuse Lake County (PCALC) Annual Dr. Richard Hug Cherish the Children Award during the event’s closing plenary at 2:30 p.m. in the Theater at the Arts & Sciences Building. The plenary will close with a special surprise guest.


Because seating is limited and lunch is provided, early registration is encouraged and can be completed here: https://iunforum.wufoo.com/forms/2018-iun-forum-registration/

Walk-ins are welcome; however they are not guaranteed seating or lunch.

The Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect will provide continuing education units (CEU’S) for licensed social workers.

Parking is available in the main lot (off 33rd Avenue - north of the Savannah Center) and in lots on the east side of Broadway north of 34th Avenue.

The forum is sponsored by: IU Northwest’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Schools of Nursing and Social Work, and the Center of Urban and Regional Excellence; as well as Prevent Child  Abuse Lake County; Mental Health America of Lake County; Lake Area United Way; The Villages; Early Learning Partnership of Northwest Indiana; Indiana Department of Child Services; Purdue Northwest School of Nursing; Ivy Tech School of Nursing; Calumet College of St. Joseph; Sigma Theta Tau; Geminus Community Partners; Franciscan Health Dyer/Hammond; The Indiana Kids First Trust Fund; and The Lake County CASA Program.

For more information, call 219-762-3465.

For those outside of the region, live streaming video will be available at: http://www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/liveflash.html?filename=iunims

Friday April 27, 2018 08:15 AM
Friday April 27, 2018 09:00 PM
Theater at the Arts & Sciences Building
Marshelia Harris
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