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Child’s Voice Hosts 17th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference

On October 6, Sanford Child’s Voice held its 17th annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference with over 400 attendees. This annual conference brings together physicians, forensic interviewers, nurses, social workers, law enforcement, child protective services, mental health counselors and other community partners for a day filled with educational sessions. Our keynote speakers were Dr. Nancy Free, Victor Vieth and Derek Clark. Dr. Nancy Free defined ACEs and resilience factors in the context of multidisciplinary professionals working with potential victims of child maltreatment. Victor, a former child abuse prosecutor, has trained thousands of child-protection professionals on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. And Derek (also known as the Rapping Dad) had 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. He left the audience with hope and determination that we can all broaden our thinking and do more.

A special thank you to all the sponsors Sanford Health, National Children’s Alliance, Sioux Falls Community Foundation, Child Advocacy Centers of South Dakota, Sioux Falls Police Department and South Dakota Unified Judicial System.

Thank you to all those who participated in this year’s conference. Together we can do incredible things to help keep kids safe. We honor your part in this effort and thank you all for the important work each one of you do with children.

Written by:

Stacy Weller, Director

Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center

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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