PA Child Abuse Prevention Symposium

Wednesday - September 22, 2021, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Event Details

PA Family Support Alliance is holding their annual PA Child Abuse Prevention Symposium virtually on September 22, 2021.  This Symposium will be entirely virtual and will feature acclaimed speakers on topics relevant to professionals and organizations that provide services to children and families. Registration is required to attend.

Early Bird Registration – June 23 – August 8, 2021; cost $115
Regular Registration – August 9 – September 22, 2021; cost $145


9:00 – 9:15 AMIntroductions
9:15 – 10:45 AMKeynote Speaker One (Corey Best)
10:45 – 11:00 AMMorning Break
11:00 – 12:00 PMKeynote Speaker Two (NCMEC)
12:00 – 12:30 PMCBCAP
12:30 – 1:00 PMLunch
1:00 – 2:15 PM1st Breakout Sessions
2:15 – 2:30 PMAfternoon Break
2:30 – 3:45 PM2nd Breakout Sessions
3:45 – 4:00 PMConclusion

Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World

PFSA is excited to provide all registered participants of this year’s symposium with a copy of the book titled: Digital for Good: Raising Kids to Thrive in an Online World.

A very special thanks to the Dauphin County Library System for providing copies of this book – thank you!

Keynote One

Title:  The Power of Being Good Enough
Speaker:  Corey Best, Community Curator, Mining For Gold, LLC
Time: 9:15am-10:45am
Summary: Corey will enlighten guests as he explores his view of partnering with parents, youth, young adults and the adaptive value of investing in HOPE.  Co-creating safe, strong, and supported communities is achieved through mutual respect, cultural/racial humility, shifts in practices, and the fundamental belief that all voices embody the collective experiences that will ensure we live up to the vision we have for child and community welfare. During the conversation, Corey will uncover meaningful examples of what it takes to live the value of belonging, racial justice, self-awareness, and reciprocity. He believes that the protective factors are magical ingredients that elevate systems and family partnerships. Throughout this experience, you will witness the joy of authenticity and the transformative power of what occurs when we focus on what’s strong and invest in HOPE!

Keynote Two

Title:  Child Sex Trafficking: NCMEC Data, Response & Resources
Speaker:  Eliza M. Reock, Strategic Advisor for Child Sex Trafficking, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Summary: In 2020, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) responded to over 17,000 cases of child sex trafficking related to both missing and non-missing children. These growing number of reports have not only led to NCMEC providing analytical and victim services support to individual cases, but have also provided a tremendous amount of data and information about this often hard to identify type of child abuse. During this session, participants will be provided an overview of the most recent trends NCMEC has observed related to child sex trafficking including information specific to impact of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act passage and implementation. They will also learn about NCMEC’s comprehensive response to child sex trafficking reports including analysis, technical assistance, case management, and survivor-centered support, and how to access these services.


Title:  CBCAP Network Overview
Speaker:  Justin Donofrio, Program Services Manager, PA Family Support Alliance
Time: 12-12:30pm
Summary: PFSA will provide an overview of the statewide CBCAP Network, including current and upcoming offerings and benefits of the network. PFSA will also highlight the important and positive work accomplished by the community agencies who make up the CBCAP Network.

1st Breakout Sessions

Title:  How To Keep Our Children Safer on Social Media
Speaker:  Marc Berkman, CEO, Organization for Social Media Safety
Time: 1:00pm-2:15pm
Summary: This session will provide attendees with an overview of the major social media-related dangers that threaten children including cyberbullying, depression, sexual harassment, human trafficking and hate speech.  Attendees will learn how these threats manifest on social media and how to help prevent or most effectively respond to them.

Title:  Wait — Race Is Not Real! The Invention and Evolution of Racial Ideology
Speaker:  Corey Best, Community Curator, Mining For Gold, LLC
Time: 1:00pm-2:15pm
Summary: Corey will invite participants to take a tour of key occurrences that has lasting impacts on how we view “others”. During the workshop, we will co-create a brave space as we examine, explore, and deepen our analysis of how racial formation, historical policies, complex social identities, and racial ideology churns the system of racial inequities.  Participants will be provided with resources, literature and walk away with a minimum of one concrete goal that will positively impact their spheres of influence.  This is a participatory learning experience.  It is encouraged that you approach this conversation with love, compassion, and an open mind for endless possibilities.

2nd Breakout Sessions

Title:  Shadow Children: Addressing Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation within the Forensic Interview
Speaker:  Rachel Johnson, Forensic Interview Specialist, Zero Abuse Project
Time: 2:30pm-3:45pm
Summary: There is an increased public awareness around the prevalence, impact, and salience of sex trafficking, human trafficking, and commercial sexual exploitation. When allegations of trafficking and exploitation are made known to law enforcement and social services, the forensic interview process can be an effective tool for gathering victim statements and assessing what has occurred. This training will discuss the specifics of working with victims of trafficking and exploitation and offer guidance for conducting forensic interviews with this population.

Title:  Online Safety Education for Kids: Start Early and Prevent Future Victims
Speaker:  Kathy Gust, Program Director, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Time: 2:30pm-3:45pm
Summary: Teaching online safety cannot wait until children reach adolescence. Data from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) shows that children under the age of 12 are often the victims of online enticement, sextortion, and child sexual abuse material. However, adults often struggle to talk with young children about online dangers and the skills to practice protective behaviors that help keep children safe. NCMEC’s unique perspective as the centralized reporting mechanism for suspected child exploitation offers important insights into the risks to young children online and informs our prevention education content. Join us for a discussion of the most recent NCMEC data, newly released online safety resources, and strategies to engage in prevention education.


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