The 17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) was held from March 30 to April 4, 2009, in Atlanta, Ga. The conference theme, "Focusing on the Future: Strengthening Families and Communities," reflected the resolve to continue to protect children by addressing the root causes of child maltreatment. Activities throughout the conference emphasized the importance of evidence-based and evidence-informed practice combined with practical experience and real-world solutions.
The 17th NCCAN brought together individuals from various disciplines and perspectives to discuss policy, research, program, and practice issues concerning the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The conference program emphasized the need for prevention and comprehensive services to address co-occurring disorders and highlighted evidence-based approaches to improving practices and systems. A broad mix of interactive educational sessions offered opportunities for promoting new working relationships, exchanging cutting-edge information on research, and reviewing practice issues and model programs for the diverse professional and volunteer populations who attended.
The 17th NCCAN Program Book - The 17th NCCAN program describes the sessions offered and identifies the presenters for each.