The end of June, several members of the Milford Police Department attended the Beau Biden Foundation National Conference to Protect America’s Children. The conference is designed to provide attendees with expert advice and resources to prevent as well as respond to child abuse in communities.
“Our Behavioral Health Director Jenna Haines, Patrolman Garrett Smith, Senior Corporal Theresa Bloodsworth, and Private First Class James Matthews attended the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children’s inaugural National Conference to Protect America’s Children this week,” the police force announced. “Special thank you to the foundation for providing funding to our staff to attend the event.”
The conference, held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, allowed the members of MPD to participate in conference tracks that included information on child abuse and exploration, physical abuse and corporal punishment, culture and faith communities plus much more. There were more than 60 speakers providing information on child welfare, abuse, the law and additional subjects related to preventing or addressing the abuse of children.
Breakout sessions included “Building Comprehensive School Safety Plans and Planning for Reunification and Recovery,” led by Brad Spicer, National Director of Preparedness with Navigate 360, Robert Scisco, a police officer in Rehoboth Beach and Brian N. Moore, Program Manager for School Climate and Discipline from the Delaware Department of Education. Attendees could also learn more about human trafficking in a session led by Kelly Posze, National Programs Director for Her Song, Edward Scoggins, Detective Corporal with St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and Janice Johnson, National Legal Advocate for Her song.
Additional workshops included “Teens, Sex and the Law,” “Child Maltreatment & Racism,” “The Problem of Corporal Punishment and the Solution of Positive Parenting,” “The Power of Forgiveness,” and “U.S. Family Court Crisis – Revictimization of At-Risk Children”
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