Children's Advocacy Centers of Mississippi (CACM) is excited to be hosting our 6th Annual One Loud Voice Conference (OLV) at the beautiful Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The One Loud Voice Conference focuses on a multidisciplinary team approach to child abuse and neglect. Bringing together professionals from all sides of the issue, OLV seeks to provide a dynamic platform for these professionals to engage and learn best practices in dealing with these complex cases.
In its first 5 years, OLV grew to over 450 people, the largest child abuse conference in Mississippi. In 2019, participants will have over 30 sessions to choose from with state and national leaders presenting on best practices in investigations, victim advocacy and service delivery.
This year we will hear from dynamic keynote speakers Sasha Neulinger and Kevin McNeil, both survivors of sexual abuse. And international child abuse expert, Victor Vieth will close our conference on April 17.
We will also hear from Detective John Pirics with the Hamilton County Metro Child Exploitation Task Force in Indianapolis, Indiana. John and his team are experts in investigating child exploitation cases. John will present on multiple topics and will partner with CACM to offer an interactive child exploitation case simulation where attendees will actively participate in solving the case.
Dr. Karen Farst, M.D. will be with us from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences discussing drug endangered infants and children. She will be followed by a panel of experts discussing the drug epidemic that plays a major role in child abuse investigations and children being removed from their homes. Shane Garrard will later offer information for case managers and courts on treatment options and monitoring for parents with substance abuse issues.
Mississippi is THE NATIONAL LEADER in implementing the Child Advocacy Studies Program (CAST) in our community colleges and universities. In conjunction with our One Loud Voice Conference, we will host our first CAST Symposium where we will bring together Institutions of Higher Learning from across Mississippi and the rest of the country, helping expand the Child Advocacy Studies program in Mississippi and other states, colleges and universities. Victor and other colleagues from ZAP will discuss research and updates on CAST.
Lastly, this conference would not be possible without our incredible sponsors and exhibitors. They help us keep conference costs at a minimum and help us bring in the very best experts in the field to present best practices. Please visit the sponsors and exhibitors page above to see the many different services our sponsors provide.
Our goal is to ensure that children, not just in Mississippi, but across the country and internationally are better protected and that the professionals who work these cases have the knowledge, skill and tools they need to protect children. Join us April 16-17, 2019 and help us protect children!