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Conference Addresses Child and Family Needs in Alabama

Jan 15, 2014 02:10PM, Published by Kitty, Categories: Today, Community



Doing What Matters Explores Ways to Improve Quality of Life for Alabama Families

The Eighth Annual Doing What Matters for Alabama’s Children Conference voices the challenges facing today’s youth and families and discusses best practices for improving outcomes and provides guides to the state’s available resources. This one-day event will be held Tuesday, January 28th at the Bryant Conference Center at the University of Alabama from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The conference is targeted to those who have an interest in or whose job is primarily the welfare of children. Employees in the state’s school systems, social service agencies, department of public health, and children’s rehabilitation, health and welfare organizations made up the more than 300 participants representing 30 counties at last year’s conference.

The day kicks off with Gail Piggott, Executive Director of Alabama Partnership for Children, explaining how to connect families’ needs with services, Dr. Marquita Davis, JCCEO Executive Director, addressing the state of Alabama’s children and remarks by Dr. Alison Grizzel, Alabama Teacher of the Year. Breakout sessions include various panels discussing topics such as what to do when there is an active violent threat in your school, how to detect early childhood development needs and how to get help, new initiatives in the juvenile reform system and the importance of out-of-school programming that enhances creativity and critical thinking.

Tuscaloosa’s Promise, Challenge 21 and the Tuscaloosa County Children’s Policy Council host the informative event. Registration is $20 through January 24th which includes lunch. Late registration is $30. CEU’s are available. You can register at http://training.ua.edu/children or call 348-3000.

 

Speakers and topics included:

Rhonda Mann, Director of Programs, VOICES for Alabama’s Children; Gail Piggott, Executive Director, Alabama Partnership for Children; Walter Wood, Executive Director, Alabama Department of Youth Services;  Judge Bob Armstrong, District Court Judge, Dallas County; Sargent Ben Castleberry, Tuscaloosa Police Department

Alabama Access Guide to Early Childhood Services, Dallas County Children’s Policy Council Approach to Violent Juvenile Crime, Personal Safety, Mental Health, Autism, Tuscaloosa City and County Schools approach to behavior, Healthy Lifestyle, Tackling Today’s Parenting Issues, After School Programing.


Join us for the 8th Annual - Doing What Matters for Alabama’s Children Conference

$20 early registration fee or $30 late registration at the door.For more information contact Sabrina Thomas at (205) 462-1000.
To register go to http://training.ua.edu/children or call (205) 348-3000.




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