Children’s Network Conference registration now open

childrens_networkRegistration is open for the Sept. 24 and 25 Children’s Network Conference. Now in its 28th year, the event is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine, and nursing. The 54 workshops at the Ontario Convention Center will highlight topic including autism, bullying, father involvement, domestic minor sex trafficking, school safety, internet safety, and youth suicide prevention.

On Sept. 24, the conference will feature Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza (Mexican American) Studies and Education at San Francisco State University and Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED). He has dedicated his life to supporting and developing urban youth to help create a sustainable urban community. Duncan-Andrade’s core work is finding solutions for youth to overcome poverty, violence, hopelessness and despair to become responsible and productive adults.

The second day of the conference will feature Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Youth Law Center (YLC). The former foster youth who spent time in juvenile justice institutions earned her law degree from the University of California, Davis, and began her fellowship at YLC. After the completion of her fellowship, Jennifer stayed on at YLC as a staff attorney. In 2012, she took the reins as Executive Director. Jennifer works on both child welfare and juvenile justice projects at YLC, with a special focus on ensuring children and youth involved in both systems live in conditions that meet their developmental and emotional needs, and are provided with the opportunities they need to build a foundation for a healthy adulthood.

This conference is made possible with the support of First 5 San Bernardino, San Bernardino County Children and Family Services, Children’s Fund, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, IEHP, Kaiser Permanente, San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department, Mental Health Systems, Inc., San Bernardino County Superintendent of schools Child Care Planning Council, and Molina Healthcare. Please contact Children’s Network at (909) 383-9677 for more information or visits our website http://hs.sbcounty.gov/CN

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