In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Safe Families for Children (SFFC) will host an all-day conference on April 13th at the Chemeketa Viticulture Center, and all are welcome. The conference, themed “Strengthening Our Community,” will feature renowned guest speakers and interactive workshops.

For the morning keynote presentation, Dr. Dave Anderson, founder of SFFC, will share how this social movement is growing across the nation, with focus on Oregon. Special guest Dr. Donna Beegle will be the featured speaker in the afternoon. Dr. Beegle will share how different life experiences impact children and families, tools for breaking poverty barriers and her personal experiences and lessons she has learned along the way. The conference will also offer skill development sessions, collaborative discussions and social networking.

To learn more about attending all or part of the conference and to RSVP, please contact Esmeralda Chan Tuyub at 971-719-0569 or [email protected]. The Chemeketa Viticulture Center is located at 215 Doaks Ferry Road NW in Salem.

The conference is made possible by The Ford Family Foundation, and Safe Families for Children donors and volunteers throughout Oregon.

About Catholic Community Services: Catholic Community Services is a non-profit, faith-based organization serving vulnerable children, youth, adults and families in the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Oregon Coast, without regard for anything other than people’s needs, dreams, and willingness to do everything they can for themselves. Founded in Salem in 1938, CCS offers 18 programs across 9 counties. CCS serves more than 5,000 people annually. Dedicated to providing the highest quality services and research-based practices, CCS is accredited by the national Council on Accreditation. 

About Safe Families for Children: Safe Families for Children provides much needed support for parents in crisis, giving them time to get back on their feet while their children are cared for in a safe and loving environment.

Volunteers who host children and support parents are known as host families and are recruited from a large network of faith communities. Families in crisis, or families in need, willingly place their children with a safe, loving and thoroughly screened volunteer host family for a short period of time. They can reunite with their children at any time. Both the family in need and the host family participate voluntarily, with no compensation or expectation of adoption.