Annual Conference

Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are partnering together again to bring you the Georgia Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: from Prevention to Intervention, September 13, 2018. We expect over 300 participants from child and family serving organizations across Georgia. This year the conference will have a focus on the prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).


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Keynote Speaker: Robert Sege, MD, PhD

Robert Sege, MD, PhD, speaks passionately about the new and positive model for raising healthy children and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) including violence, bullying, abuse, and neglect. He explains that the key to preventing violence is to promote resilience, which is developed through strong relationships with family and community.

This positive approach applies to all families. Dr. Sege and his wife, Dr. Karen Victor, have raised three children. Through their own experience, coupled with their conversations with the thousands of families they care for, they have come to realize that parents who find joy in parenting raise resilient children.

Dr. Sege speaks nationally and internationally about joyful parenting, weaving personal experience, recent studies of children and their parents, and lessons he has learned from his patients in his presentations.

Dr. Robert Sege is a practicing pediatrician, a professor of pediatrics at Boston University, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. He led the development of the Connected Kids: Safe, Strong, Secure program for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a former member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury Violence and Poison Prevention and is the author of the November 2012 AAP policy statement “Firearm-Related Injuries Affecting the Pediatric Population.” He was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2008 Fellow Achievement Award for his work on youth violence prevention.

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Workshop Topics Include:

Recognizing and Addressing Exposure to Domestic Violence as an ACE
Drive To Five – Exploring Fatherhood in Early Child Development Stages
How to Comply with GA Mandate to provide age appropriate sexual abuse education in grades K-9
Using Prevention as an Intervention to Save Georgia’s Kids: A Youth Suicide Prevention Panel
Plan of Safe Care and Maternal Substance Use in Child Welfare Cases
Georgia KIDS COUNT Data Tools and Outreach Training
Child Fatality Review: Maximizing Prevention Impact

Conference Details

Time and Cost:
Doors open at 7:45 a.m. and the conference lasts from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Registration is $55 and includes lunch, CEUs (upon approval) and free parking. Registration cost will go up to $65 August 20, 2018. 


Atlanta Marriott Century Center
2000 Century Boulevard Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30345
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Transportation from the airport to the hotel is available via MARTA. Conference attendees can take the ‘Gold Line’ from the airport to the Brookhaven Station. The ride is approximately 35 minutes.

The Marriott offers complimentary shuttle services from the Brookhaven station to the hotel between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm. Please call the hotel at 404-325-0000 once you arrive to the Brookhaven Station to request the complimentary hotel shuttle.


Overflow Parking is available in the ‘Highwoods’ and ‘1950 Building’ parking lots. Marriott shuttles will continuously circle the parking lots to bring guests to the hotel. Attendants will be available in the parking lots to assist with directions.

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2017 Annual Conference

This conference featured many prevention focused workshop topics for those who work in a multi-disciplinary setting. The 2017 keynote speaker was Dr. Donna Beegle, a poverty expert and recognized author.

2016 Annual Conference

The 2016 Keynote Speaker was Dr. David Finkelhor, a preeminent violence epidemiologist. Dr. Finkelhor is the Director of the Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He is editor and author of 11 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters. Some of his best-known publications include, “Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse” and “Nursery Crimes.”


2015 Annual Conference

The 2015 Keynote speaker was magician and motivational speaker Eric Anderson. His story is a cycle of foster care and child welfare systems to becoming a survivor and finding his passion in magic. Presentations included a wide variety of child maltreatment prevention topics enjoyed by over 250 participants.


2014 Annual Conference

The 2014 conference featured the President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America, Jim Hmurovich; Mark Chaffin, a professor at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health who is nationally recognized for his research in child abuse prevention; and Georgia’s DFCS Director, Bobby Cagle. View the keynote address and all presentations here.

2013 Annual Conference
Nearly 200 individuals from across the state joined PCA Georgia on September 4, 2013, for our 2nd Annual Conference at the Atlanta Marriott, Century Center. In addition to an outstanding keynote luncheon with Judge Glenda Hatchett, nine workshop sessions were offered. View workshop information here.