Children’s Network 25th Annual Conference

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–Children’s Network will host our 25th Annual Conference at the Ontario Convention Center on September 28th and 29th.  The conference has become one of the premier events in the Inland Empire, attracting attendees from across the state.  This year’s conference will feature Kiti Freier Randall, Ph.D., a Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychologist with an extensive background working with high-risk infant and youth populations for over 20 years.  The 2nd keynote speaker will be Commander Lori Moriarty (retired) who was instrumental in implementing protocols for the safe investigation of methamphetamine labs and undercover drug operations.  She has appeared on Fox National News, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, and PBS in an effort to educate citizens of illicit drug activity, and the effects on the children living in these dangerous environments.

The 2nd day will feature Claire and Mia Fontaine co-authors of Come Back: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey through Hell and Back, a bestselling memoir chronicling Mia’s drug-fueled descent onto society’s underbelly and her mother’s desperate attempts to bring her back. Her remarkable, if controversial, healing process helped her overcome sexual and drug abuse, ultimately going from a runaway, to a graduate of Georgetown University.  Claire is a writer who has worked with numerous award-winning producers and directors.  After her experience with Mia, she spent several years helping families in crisis before going on to become a certified life coach.  Claire and Mia have been featured on Good Moring America, Montel Williams and The O’Reilly Factor.

The 50 workshops will offer topics and training opportunities for parents, foster parents, kinship providers, teachers or preschool teachers, counselors, health care or mental health professionals, social workers, law enforcement and many more.  The workshops will include sessions on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Educational Advocacy, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Teen Dating Abuse, Bullying Prevention, Emancipated Youth and much more.

This conference would not be possible without the support of First 5 San Bernardino, San Bernardino County Children and Family Services, Children’s Fund, San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, Workforce Development Department, IEHP, San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department, Cambridge College, Molina Healthcare, and Parents Anonymous.  The support of our sponsors help make this a quality conference, with something for everyone.  Please contact Children’s Network for more information or visit our website www.sbcounty.gov/childnet

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