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August 2016Vol. 17, No. 620th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect

Professionals, researchers, policy makers, parents, and volunteers committed to working toward the well-being of children and families will gather at the 20th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) from August 31 to September 2. Sponsored by the Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, this year's NCCAN will focus on "Building Community, Building Hope." The theme acknowledges the power communities have in solving the problem of child abuse and neglect and provides an opportunity for a variety of disciplines to come together and explore intersections of research, policy, and practice that focus on protecting children and promoting well-being.

The 20th NCCAN will focus on the following five core topic areas:

  • Promoting Child and Family Well-Being: Effective Strategies at All Levels
  • Shaping the Workforce: Strong, Capable, and Well-Supported Teams
  • Building on Strengths: Engagement in Effective, Supportive, and Informed Systems
  • Leveraging Community Assets: Understanding Context and Building Responsive Programs and Practices
  • Partnering for Impact: Effective Work Across Systems and Disciplines to Breakdown Silos

The conference, to be held in Washington‚ DC, is free and open to the public. The online registration deadline is Wednesday, August 17, 2016. To register and to access the conference agenda, topics, and travel/hotel information, visit