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Interfaith Children's Movement Celebration of Children Conference: Creating Hope in Georgia's Children

  • Marietta First United Methodist Church 56 Whitlock Avenue SW Marietta, GA, 30064 United States (map)

On February 1, 2018, Interfaith Children’s Movement (“ICM”) will host its sixth annual Celebration of Children, an educational conference, at Marietta First United Methodist Church. ICM strives to provide the community with affordable access to quality information and opportunity. The discounted fee of $10.00 includes registration and lunch.

Celebration of Children is a kickoff event for ICM’s child advocacy season. Each year, the conference brings together thought leaders and the broader community (faith-based, grassroots, advocacy, child-serving agencies, etc.) to explore major issues facing Georgia’s children. This year’s theme is “Creating Hope in Georgia’s Children,” and will highlight the impact of adverse childhood experiences and how the larger community can instill hope in children who experience traumatic stress.

“We have a jam-packed agenda that promises to make this conference one of the best, yet,” says Kay Vaughn, planning committee member.

The conference will feature keynote speaker, Judge Maureen Wood, Rockdale County Juvenile Court; Trauma 101 training from the Child Welfare Training Collaborative; and a multi-disciplinary panel discussion on creating hope for children in the midst of trauma. Panelists include: Carlis V. Williams, Southeastern Regional Administrator, U.S. Administration for Children and Families (Region IV); Dr. Sarah Vinson, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine, Child & Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry; Lane Pease, Program Director, Kate’s Club; and Rev. Dawn Britt, Childhood Trauma Advocate.

“We hope that the forum will help people within the interfaith community understand the needs of Georgia’s children and empower them to take action,” responded Mamoodah Rehman, planning committee member.