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Children's Justice Act (CJA) Conference

October 03, 2018

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Welcome to the 2018 Children's Justice Act Conference.

Our welcome speakers are Todd J. Meyer, Esq., Associate Director, Indiana Department of Child Services and Roberta Hibbard, MD, Chair, Children’s Justice Act Task Force. 


Hotel Information: Holiday Inn - Indianapolis / Carmel
251 Pennsylvania Parkway, Indianapolis, IN 46280
Phone: 317-574-4600, Group rate: $119 per night
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Registration - 7:15am - 8:00am

Welcome - 8:00am - 8:30am

Teen Culture and the Internet - 8:30am - 9:30am

Darin Odier, Detective, IMPD/FBI

An overview of the types of investigation we encounter, including some case studies. The presentation details the ways children are being victimized online, and ways for parents to keep children safe online. While it is not graphic, the presentation is very direct in describing the dangers facing our children today.

Know When to Raise the Red Flag: Sentinel Injuries as Markers of Severe Injury in Abused Children - 9:30am - 10:30am

Dr. Tara Harris, IU School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children

Minor injuries, like a single bruise, small cuts, and scrapes, are common in active toddlers and school-aged children. But what if you see seemingly minor injuries in young pre-mobile infants? Being familiar with when subtle injuries should raise a concern about abuse is paramount in the early detection of maltreatment. Studies have clearly shown that failing to accurately identify small abusive injuries when they first occur can have deleterious consequences for the infant and family, e.g. escalating injury and far too often, death. Participants will be provided with the ability to recognize and appropriately respond to sentinel injuries and understand aspects of the appropriate medical evaluation.

The CHINS Factfinding Hearing: Evidence and Coercive Intervention - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Panel members, including a juvenile court judge, DCS attorney, GAL attorney, and an Evidence expert, will discuss what DCS needs to provide at the fact-finding hearing. Strategies on obtaining evidence from case managers, GALs, and experts will be presented.

Trauma’s Impact on Children and Keys to Resiliency - 1:45pm - 2:45pm

David Reed, Deputy Director of Child Welfare Services, Department of Child Services

This training is designed to inform the audience of the importance of being trauma-aware when working with and planning for children who are involved in the child welfare system. It highlights relevant research including the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study and discusses how trauma directly impacts brain development and functioning. It is designed to help provide insight into how trauma impacts behavior, and what factors aid in resilience and recovery from traumatic experiences. It also discusses the importance of self-care for child welfare professionals, an often overlooked but crucially important focus if we are to truly help our children to heal.

Parents and Substance Use Disorder; Best Outcomes for Children - 3:15pm - 4:45pm

A multi-disciplinary panel will discuss the challenges and dangers inherent in families where an adult is suffering from a substance use disorder. The panel, including counselors, therapists, legal experts and a judge, will discuss the safety of children in a home with a parent recovering from a substance use disorder; the impact of drug and alcohol use on parenting; strategies for testing adults for use of controlled substances; and reunification of families when substance use is a concern.