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17th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

A conference you don’t want to MISS!

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17th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

Friday, October 6, 2017

This year we will welcome back, Victor Vieth who will be sharing on corroborating evidence. You will learn how to seek evidence in many forms, focus on gleaning evidence from the suspect and collateral witness interviews and thinking creatively to find evidence supporting a child’s account. Victor will also be instructing us on how to prepare children for court. You will learn to avoid practices that stress children, how to adjust the courtroom for children and how to discuss sensitivity and inclusion for all children who are victims of abuse. To learn more about Victor, please click on the link below.


Dr. Nancy Free will be defining Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and resilience factors. Dr. Free discusses ACEs and resilience factors in the context of multidisciplinary professionals working with potential victims of child maltreatment. During Dr. Free’s presentation, you will be participating in an audience activity that may surprise you!!

And lastly, you don’t want to miss Derek Clark. Derek is an inspiring and exciting closing keynote speaker. He delivers a message of hope, motivation, and determination to push through adversity.

Derek Clark has an incredible story of inspiration.  As a survivor of brutal child abuse, rejection, and abandonment at age five, he was placed into the foster care system where he would stay for thirteen years. His special keynote speeches motivate individuals and teams to overcome limited thinking and become solution focused thinkers. He is an international speaker, author of seven books and recently became an internet sensation for his viral video Rapping Dad with over 150 million views.


Online registration is now available by clicking on the below link.


Registration Fees for this year’s event are as follows:

  • Sanford Employees
    • Early Bird Registration – $25 until September 22, 2017
    • Full Registration after September 22nd, 2017 – $55
  • Community Members
    • Full Registration – $55

Questions regarding the conference and/or registration please contact Elizabeth Groff at (605) 333-2200 or via email at Elizabeth.groff@sanfordhealth.org.


The Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota

CACSD is a network of Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first.

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What can you do?

Reporting abuse or neglect can protect a child and get help for a family – it may even save a child’s life. Learn more about reporting child abuse here.