Teresa Huizar to Offer Keynote Address at 2013 Penn State Conference on Child Protection and Well-being

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Conference to focus on protecting Pennsylvania’s children by building Multidisciplinary Investigative Teams/Children’s Advocacy Centers


National Children's Alliance
Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, September 26, 2013, Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance, will present the keynote address at the second annual Penn State Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being. The one-day event will bring together Pennsylvania’s district attorneys, children and youth service administrators and law enforcement officials, as well as Penn State faculty, to discuss best practices for Multidisciplinary Teams and Children’s Advocacy Centers.

Penn State is partnering with a number of organizations to hold this annual event, including the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Children, Youth and Families; the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association; University of Pittsburgh; The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center and the Pennsylvania Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Investigative Teams.

“I am very honored to speak at this event and look forward to sharing information about the effectiveness of the Children’s Advocacy Center model. I am also excited to see the continued growth and development of Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary Teams in Pennsylvania, especially since two-thirds of all counties in the state do not currently have access to these important services,” stated Teresa Huizar, Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance and Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference.

For more information about the Second Annual Penn State Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being, visit http://www.protectchildren.psu.edu. And for more information on National Children’s Alliance, visit www.nationalchildrensalliance.org.

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National Children’s Alliance is the national association and accrediting body for the over 750 children’s advocacy centers serving each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient, and put the needs of child victims of abuse first, National Children’s Alliance provides support and advocacy to its accredited membership, as well as numerous developing centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals around the country, and the world. As the national authority on multidisciplinary approaches to supporting child victims of abuse, the purpose of National Children’s Alliance is to empower local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse. Founded in 1998, National Children’s Alliance provides accreditation opportunities, financial assistance, training, technical assistance, research and education to communities, child abuse professionals and children’s advocacy centers throughout the United States in support of child abuse intervention, advocacy and prevention.