DCF Child Protection Summit to Draw Record Attendance

Media Advisory:
August 28, 2013

DCF Press Office

DCF Child Protection Summit to Draw Record Attendance
More than 2,600 child welfare leaders, professionals and advocates will join for 2014 Summit

ORLANDO—Next week, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) will host the 2014 Child Protection Summit in Orlando. The annual Summit is the largest child welfare event in Florida with record attendance of more than 2,600 expected this year. The three-day summit will give child welfare professionals the opportunity to learn from leading experts from around the country and fellow professionals in order to improve their skills in the protection of children and strengthening families and communities across the state.

DCF Interim Secretary Mike Carroll will kick-off the summit on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with a message of partnership and collaboration between organizations and his vision moving forward for Florida’s vulnerable children. The media is invited to attend.

Leaders in the child welfare arena from around the country will conduct workshops and present to attendees. Guest speakers include: Dr. Charles Zeanah, Executive Director of the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Director of Tulane University Infant Team; Dr. Neil Boris, Chief of Behavioral Health at Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando; Dr. Mary Dozier, Professor and Amy E DuPont Chair of Child Development at the University of Delaware; Dr. Judith Smetana, Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester; Dr. Regina Sullivan, Professor at the Nathan Kline Institute, New York University Langone Medical Center; and others.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.myflfamilies.com/event/2014-child-protection-summit. Follow all the Summit action on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at #DCFSummit.