Department of Justice
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2013

Harold’s House hosting first East Texas Child Abuse Conference

 LUFKIN – Harold’s House is hosting the East Texas Child Abuse Conference on Sept. 12-13, 2013 at Courtyard by Marriott. This is the first conference of its kind in East Texas, bringing together federal, state and local officials across all fields of investigation, prosecution and victim advocacy to share resources, best practices and training on crimes involving the physical or sexual abuse or neglect of children.

                “We are excited to offer this great opportunity to our partners in law enforcement, the court system and child services,” said Laura Squiers, Executive Director. “We all want the best outcomes for children suffering abuse. This conference will help us achieve that goal by putting new information and resources in the hands of those working on the front lines and behind the scenes to protect children suffering abuse.”

                Since its beginning 10 years ago, Harold’s House has served thousands of children suffering abuse. As a Children’s Advocacy Center, its goal is to lessen the trauma of children suffering abuse through a team approach to child-centered case response. The Center also works to empower the community to end abuse through prevention training and at-risk parenting classes offered free of charge.

                The East Texas Child Abuse Conference features speakers from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Marshal’s Office, Office of the Attorney General, Angelina County District Attorney’s Office, Lufkin Police Department, Child Protective Services, the City of Lufkin, Harold’s House and the TLL Temple Foundation SANE Program.

                The conference features plenary sessions including case reviews and training and program presentations, plus resource information and networking opportunities. Topics include: cybercrime, connecting to resources, CACs, SANEs, Project Safe Childhood, CPS, child pornography and exploitation, family care, case studies, multidisciplinary teams, helping children heal, Darkness to Light’s Prevent Now! and sex offender fugitive investigation and failure to identify as a sex offender.

The event is open to members of law enforcement, court officials, social workers, counselors, child advocates and family crisis workers, and offers TCLEOSE/CEU credits through Angelina College. Registration is required for the event and seating is limited. Contact Harold’s House at (936) 634-1999 to register by phone or request a registration form. Follow updates at: www.facebook.com/haroldhouse.org.


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