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IUN Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect

April 1, 2021



Thirty-first Annual IUN Forum on

Child Abuse & Neglect

Partnering for the Power of Prevention with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana

Four Fridays in April — April 9, 2021 – April 30, 2021

Listed here is the entire Webinar Series – To see the entire Event Brochure, click here


The 2021 IUN Forum has gone virtual, again.  This year we will offer morning webinars on four Fridays in April beginning with our opening plenary on April 9.  Please note all times are Central time.

The opening and closing sessions will describe national (Thriving Families, Safer Children) and state (Strategic Framework for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) partnership efforts that are currently underway with the goal of strengthening families and reimagining child well-being systems. These initiatives have strong parent involvement in decision-making built in. Prevention professionals know that parents are the most important partners to have on board.

Also, in the spirit of partnership, the IUN Forum planning committee is working closely with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana (PCAIN) on two sessions this year and is encouraging our regular attendees to participate in the PCAIN / DCS Child Abuse Prevention Kickoff events on April 1st.  Joint events with PCAIN include a session on Fatherhood with an internationally known specialist on the topic, Dr. Kyle Pruett (who touts parenting partnerships) and a webinar on LGBTQ+ issues featuring a partnership of two state experts, one from central Indiana, Jay Watts (she/they), and our own region’s long-time forum favorite, Natalie Lukich, LGBTQ Program Coordinator and Supervisor Crown Counseling Services.


April 9, 2021 — Opening Plenary Webinar

9:00 – 9:30 am (EDT)   Welcome / Introductions / Guest Presentations

Welcome: IUN Chancellor Ken Iwama

Special Guests: Sharon Pierce, President & CEO, The Villages / Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, and Sarah Sailors, Deputy Director – Field Operations, Indiana DCS

9:30 – 11:00 am (EDT) Keynote Address / Q&A  ACE’s, OK, What Now?

Stacey Gagnon, Trainer, Speaker, and Director, Trauma Lens Care — Stacey Gagnon, nationally known speaker, foster mom, adoptive mom, blogger, educator, trainer, and co-founder of Trauma Lens Care answers the question posed in the title of her presentation. What happens after we have learned about adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) and determined that the person in front of us has experienced numerous ACEs? How do we carry out the recommended trauma-informed approach?  How do we take the science of ACEs and translate it into action in support of those with high numbers of ACEs?

April 16th  9:00 – 10:30 am (EDT) – Can Engaging Fathers Improve Child Outcomes or Not? Kyle Pruett, MD, Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine 

In this session, presented in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, Dr. Kyle Pruett reports on his years of study focused on whether engaging fathers improves outcomes for children.



April 23rd  9:00 – 10:30 am (EDT)  – Creating LGBTQ+ Affirming and Empowering Child Welfare Spaces / Natalie Lukich, LGBTQ Program Coordinator and Supervisor Crown Counseling Services and Jay Watts (she, they), Vice President of Equity and Impact National Domestic Violence Hotline and President, Diversifirm Group, LLC

In this session, presented in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, two LGBTQ+ experts present a detailed review of ways to affirm and empower LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system.  The presenters will detail this research and address the difficulties faced by LGBTQ youth including the special challenges faced by LGBTQ youths of color.  The session will conclude with a panel discussion with LGBTQ youth.



April 30th  9:00 – 10:30 am (EDT)  Closing Plenary “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children” Melissa Merrick, PhD, President and CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America

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.  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.



Register for the Opening Session and ALL OTHER SESSIONS in the 2021 IUN forum by clicking here:

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

Social Work CEU’s and Certificates of Attendance will be available.


Registration / CEU’s / Certificates of Participation


All registrations will be handled through Zoom using the single link on page one (and repeated below).  Social Work CEU credits for the events are as follows:


April 9             Opening Plenary / Stacey Gagnon                              – 2 units

April 16           Fatherhood / Kyle Pruett                                              – 1.5 units

April 23           LGBTQ+ / Jay Watts and Natalie Lukich                  – 1.5 units

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.


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