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Children's Conference Aims to Raise Awareness about Child Abuse


HOPE Collaborative Annual Children’s Conference:  A Community Conversation about Child Abuse

April 4, 2019 At Riverside Convention Center

8:30 am to 3 pm



Contact:  Dariana Ortiz, Community Centered Services Director

Phone: 951-686-3756


The HOPE (Healing. Outreach. Prevention. Education) Collaborative, the Child Abuse Prevention Council for Riverside County since 2013 is hosting its 46th Conference on April 4th at the Riverside Convention Center from 8:30 am to 3 pm.  This year’s theme is “A Community Conversation About Child Abuse.”

This year we are excited to present two noteworthy keynote speakers: Theresa Covington, MPH, and Jennifer Jones, MSW. Theresa (Teri) Covington is the Director of Within Our Reach at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and has over 40 years’ experience in child health and safety. She is working to advance policy and practice recommendations at the federal and state levels from the National Commission to eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. Jennifer Jones currently serves as the Director of the Change in Mind (CiM) Institute at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. The change in Mind Institute, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation serves as a hub for disseminating knowledge on the latest advances in neurosciences, providing training and technical assistance, and expanding opportunities for the transformation of organizations and systems as they adapt to the new application of the science.

Other presentations at this year’s conference include a panel of professionals who work within different areas in child welfare (e.g., medical, education, social work, etc.), a cultural factors presentation, two lived experience presentations presented by a former foster youth and father now parent partner who had an experience within the child protection system.

Every year, the Children’s Conference is dedicated to supporting professionals, parents, social work students, administrators, and others who work with children and adolescents in educational, medical and home settings. Each year we bring in recognized leaders in child welfare and related professions, to speak to our participants about best practices as well as other topics of interest related to the well-being and safety of children.

Continental breakfast, lunch, child care, Spanish translation services and parking fee are included in the registration fee of $30.00.

The mission of the HOPE Collaborative is to promote the safety of children and to prevent abuse and neglect in Riverside County. This mission is accomplished through the coordination and facilitation of interagency collaboration; efforts to raise community awareness; education and training of professionals, parents, and the community; services to child abuse victims and families impacted by abuse and neglect; and advocacy efforts influencing public policy.

For more information about the conference or the HOPE Collaborative, please contact – Adrienne Rubio at (951) 686-3750 or at