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August/September 2002Vol. 3, No. 7Fourteenth National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

The Fourteenth National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Gateways to Prevention, will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, March 31 through April 5, 2003. The conference theme, Gateways to Prevention, focuses on efforts to challenge existing assumptions about how to prevent child maltreatment and consider a range of strategies to protect children and support families and communities.

The Fourteenth National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect is sponsored by the Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The conference is designed for child protection workers and administrators, social workers, educators, researchers, health care practitioners, law enforcement professionals, policy makers, child advocates, members of the clergy, parents, volunteers, and others committed to ensuring the protection of children. Those attending will have the opportunity to hear from staff of demonstration projects and learn from the experiences of colleagues who are working to engage both families and communities in preventing the occurrence and recurrence of child maltreatment. The six Learning Clusters focus on serving diverse populations, child protective services systems changes, faith-based and community initiatives, research to practice, strengthening families, and interagency collaboration.

The Call for Abstracts is underway now. Abstracts are due no later than September 6, 2002. See the website below for more information and submission forms, or call the conference coordinators at 703-528-0435.

More information about the conference can be found at