2017 Speakers and Presentations

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia partnered with the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to bring you the “Georgia Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: From Prevention to Intervention” on September 7, 2017 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center. Over 300 professionals and community members who work to serve children and families on a daily basis attended.

The conference featured many prevention-focused workshop topics you have come to expect and also offered topics of interest to those who work in a multi-disciplinary setting when treating victims of maltreatment.

The 2017 Keynote Speaker was Dr. Donna Beegle, a poverty expert and recognized author. Dr. Beegle is the president and founder of Communication Across Barriers, Inc., an organization dedicated to broadening and improving opportunities for all people who live in the war zone of poverty. For more than 25 years, Dr. Beegle has traveled throughout hundreds of cities in 47 states and four countries to assist professionals with proven strategies for breaking poverty barriers. She has received numerous prestigious awards due to her work: National Speaker of the Year for the New Mexico Bar Foundation, the Oregon Ethics in Business Award and the 2013 Woman Of Influence by the Portland Business Journal, just to name a few. Click here for more information on the work of Dr. Beegle and her organization Communication Across Barriers, Inc.

2017 Conference Program

Presentation Slides & Handouts

2017 Mark Chaffin Memorial Award Recipients

Congratulations to Dr. John R. Lutzker for receiving the Mark Chaffin Memorial Award. Dr. Lutzker was nominated by Deborah Chosewood. Ms. Chosewood notes that ‘Dr. Lutzker’s passion for the field of child abuse and neglect prevention has driven his entire lengthy career’. Dr. Lutzker has published over 170 articles and given over 450 presentations nationally and internationally and is an invaluable resource on the topic of child abuse prevention.


Congratulations to Ms. Facie Goodman for receiving the Mark Chaffin Community Award. Ms. Goodman was nominated by Diane Howington. Diane notes that ‘because of Ms. Goodman’s advocacy and commitment to her professional and volunteer work, Rockdale County families are assured safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.’ Ms. Goodman has dedicated her life to helping at-risk children which is demonstrated through the significant roles she has had with the Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families, Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale and her over 40 years of service with the Rockdale County School System.