TIFTON, Ga. — The 2nd Alliance for Children training summit is set for April 4.
The summit offers local child advocacy training for a number of professions: social workers, law enforcement, attorneys and therapists, among others.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to train so many people from different disciplines who deal with child maltreatment,” said Cindy Evers, one of the organizers of the summit. “They leave with the current best practices in their respective fields.”
Northside Baptist Church is hosting the event. Evers’ husband, Fred Evers, is the pastor for Northside.
“We’re a little different here at Northside,” said Cindy. “Whereas some churches kind of think this is such an ugly subject…we feel like the church needs to be at the forefront of partnering with community partners in making this environment as safe as possible for children. We’re absolutely committed to partnering with the community to make sure we do everything we can to make this the best and most safe place for children possible.”
The summit includes 17 speakers, ranging from judges and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents to social workers and doctors.
“We feel like we’ve got a very well-rounded schedule of speakers from different fields,” said Cindy.
• Collins Tuohy, adoptive sister of Michael Oher, NFL player of “The Blind Side” fame.
• Michelle White, Child and Youth Project manager with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
• Michael Page, Georgia state president of Bikers Against Child Abuse.
• Judge Render Heard with the Juvenile Courts of Tifton Judicial Circuit.
• Judge James Bodiford, senior judge with Superior Courts of Georgia.
• Dr. Abhinav Saxena, psychiatrist with Tift Regional Health System.
• Anne Kohutko, substance abuse program director for Behavioral Health Services.
Last year’s conference had around 175 attendees. Cindy plans to keep it going.
“If we have good response, we will absolutely keep rolling,” she said.
“We’re exited to do it, glad to do it. We’re trying to do everything we can to help children who walk in our path.”
Registration is available through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com.
The summit starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m.
For more information on the Alliance for Children Training Summit and registration, please visit the website: www.alliance4children.org or contact any of the four organizers of the event: Nancy Bryan (229-387-9697), Cindy Evers (229-392-2387), Kristin Morrison (229-386-9765) or Melissa Wood (229-382-4141).