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IUN Forum on Child Abuse – Closing Keynote – Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children

April 30, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Thirty-first Annual IUN Forum on Child Abuse & Neglect

Partnering for the Power of Prevention with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana

Listed here is the entire Webinar Series – To see the entire Event Brochure, click here     Please note all times are Central time.


April 30, 2021 (9:00 – 10:30 am Central Time)

Closing Keynote:  Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children

Speaker:  Melissa T. Merrick, PhD,  President and CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America

Among other things, this session will provide a description of the thinking behind the Thriving Families, Safer Children initiative, a ground-breaking effort led by the US Children’s Bureau, Prevent Child Abuse America, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Programs.  The premise of the initiative is that the child welfare system needs to be transformed into a child and family well-being system.  Using a community garden metaphor, Dr. Merrick will urge her listeners to join the movement to help positive childhood experiences take root for all children.  Her presentation will challenge individuals, organizations, and communities to proactively create the conditions and contexts for strong families and communities across the country.


Melissa T. Merrick is President and CEO of Prevent Child Abuse America.  Prior to this position she served as a senior epidemiologist at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC in Atlanta.  She is recognized as one of the country’s foremost experts on adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) and is one of the principal architects of the Thriving Families, Safer Children initiative.

Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA), founded in 1972, is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. Through its nationwide network of state and local chapters and nearly 600 Healthy Families America home visiting programs, the organization provides services and resources that improve child health and well-being. PCA’s basic message is:  “Together we can prevent child abuse, America…because childhood lasts a lifetime.”


Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


 CEU’s / Certificates of Participation

Social Work CEU credits for this webinar are as follows:

April 30           Closing Keynote / Melissa Merrick                     – 1.5 units


Access to the CEU certificates and Certificates of Participation will be granted through a link in the chat box at the end of the event.  Session moderators will provide detailed instructions on getting the certificates at the beginning and end of each session.


Some sessions may be recorded and made available for review later.  CEU credit CANNOT, however, be granted for viewing a recorded session.

For further information about CEU’s please contact Elena Mrozinske at

For problems with printing certificates contact Chitona at The Villages — (219) 762-3465.


April 30, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am


Indiana University Northwest
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