21st Annual Champion for Children Child Abuse Prevention Conference

Every year, the Champion for Children Conference helps communities throughout the Big Country kick off Child Abuse Prevention/Awareness Month.

The 2020 Conference has been canceled.  Please mark your calendars for April 6 - 7, 2021 for next years conference.

Who will benefit from this conference, click here.

About the Conference

The Annual Statewide Champion for Children Conference April 6-7 2021, will be held in Abilene, Texas. Our Theme this year will be Spring into Action! The 2-day interdisciplinary conference will explore key themes related to resiliency in children and their families. This will include a focus on: Concepts and theories of resiliency in children and families across cultures, interventions that help build resiliency in children and families, including prevention and treatment, research methods and findings from the study of resiliency across cultures and contexts.

This conference will be of interest to law enforcement, clinicians, medical support nurses, family workers, social workers, therapists, educators, child advocates, youth workers, community workers and people form the voluntary sector.

Attendees will be able to share their work and ideas regarding factors that are critical to the child and family health, well-being and resilience. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to discuss and integrate the latest work and ideas involving resiliency theory, research and practice. It will reflect a wider discourse that will include solution-focused and various therapy perspectives. Presenters will follow the themes: Resilience and Cultural Issues- the Young Child- Family Work – Mental Health/Well-Being, Vulnerable Children/Young People – Education – Post-modern Perspectives and Research Methodologies and Legal Case studies. Our Second Day will also include a focus on Infant and Toddler Resiliency and care.


Planning Committee

The purpose of this Champion for Children Conference Planning Committee is to help maximize the quality of the Annual Child Abuse Awareness Conference and providing feedback on how to handle high-level policy decisions and ways to engage agencies and other stakeholders about upcoming changes.

Lori Bunton - CASA

​Melissa Milliorn - ​Hardin-Simmons University

Diana Hall - C4C Program Sub-Committee Chair

Janna Atkins - West Central Texas Council of Governments

Donald Dolton - Pathways

Lindsay Poyner - TX Dept. of Family and Protective Services

Mia Parker - TX Dept. of Family and Protective Services

Rosa Rodriguez - Region XIV Education Service Center

Det. Erin Bennett - Abilene Police Department

Lt. Tony Lassetter - Abilene Police Department

John Graham - Taylor County Sheriff’s Office

Carley Martinez - Noah Project

Valerie Araujo - Noah Project

Starla Cason - Betty Hardwick

Megan Harbin - Methodist  Children’s Home

LaKiesha White - ARCADA

Cyrstal Leake - New Horizons

Susie Striegler RN - Hendrick Health Services

Pam Sites - Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sandra Shirley - CASA

Lauren Anderson - CASA

Stephanie Ellison - Photography

Briona Sattarphai - Baptist Children and Families

Marla Polk - Resolution Solutions

Chris Daughtery - From Boys to Gentlemen

Justin Whitely - Communities in Schools

Angela Derrick - TX Department of Family and Protective Services

Melissa Holmans - Mosaic