The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

April 24, 2013

Just for Kids conference is May 9

Keynote speaker is well-known advocate for abuse prevention

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

— The community is invited to the third Family Awareness Conference sponsored by Just For Kids Inc. Child Advocacy Center May 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lewis Community Center in Oak Hill.

“This promises to be a conference to remember,” said Scott Miller, Just for Kids executive director. “The keynote speaker, Rev. Darrell Armstrong, is a dynamic, engaging speaker. He is a national and global advocate for the prevention of child abuse and family dysfunction, while also focusing on family strengths and strengthening families.”

Miller said this conference will touch upon many of the lessons learned during Child Abuse Prevention Month in April and focus on proactive steps everyone in the community can take to “strengthen families and foster positive outcomes for all children.”

One of the most important things individuals can do is to connect with children, he said.

“A little time spent positively supporting kids can make a big difference for our community. Youth who have positive mentors are more likely to stay in school and earn high grades and less likely to smoke, use drugs or carry weapons. Singing, talking and playing with young children activates the construction of their developing brain and has a positive impact on their future learning and career success,” Miller said.

Miller added that in addition to the keynote address by Armstrong, there will be 10 other break-out sessions on topics such as trauma-informed practice, Internet safety, fetal alcohol syndrome and engaging the religious community in protecting children.

“This conference will make a difference in southern West Virginia as we work together to help families find their strengths,” stressed Miller.

CEUs are available for social work, counseling, nursing and more.  Lunch will be provided and a special session for clergy to learn more about how to be involved in working with parents of young children will be held at 4 p.m.

To find out more about the Family Awareness Conference, call the Just For Kids office at 304-255-4834 or visit the website at www.jfkwv.com.

To learn more about what you can do to support children in the community,  go to www.movementforchildren.org.

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com