MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Sheriff's Office hosts 20th Anniversary Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit April 16-19; interviews available


Update (Thursday, April 18) -- Summit Day 3 B-Roll, Sound Bites

Download a 29:24 reel of B-roll and sound-bites from Day 3 of the Summit (.mp4 format)

It includes the following footage:


B-roll footage: Child Abuse Summit

  • Colleen Kamps, MA, CYC teaching
  • Jackson Michelson Wednesday-night concert
1:44 Sound bites: Jennie Willoughby
Jennie uses her 13 years working in the classroom and her knowledge on neuroscience to create workshops using mindfulness and meditation to promote healing from abuse, anger, anxiety, stress, and trauma. Jennie writes at and has been published in The Washington Post, Time magazine, Elephant Journal,and Rebelle Society,as well as appearing on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and Fox News. Her Thursday keynote: "And So I Stayed: Finding Peace and Healing Beyond Abuse."
9:08 Sound bites: Amy Wolff
Founder, Don’t Give Up Movement
"Champions for Children" award recipient at 2019 Summit
16:26 Sound bites: Vangie Pattison
Board Member, Don't Give Up Movement
19:48 Sound butes: Kelsey McKay, JD
Kelsey McKay trains and consults nationally for communities to implement protocol in various fields, including strangulation, intimate partner violence, child abuse, sexual assault, trauma, using expert witnesses, and other complex topics. With 12 years of prosecutorial experience, she exclusively handled strangulation-related crimes ranging from assault to sexual assault to capital murder for half of her career. She developed and implemented protocol for communities around the nation, and has strengthened how communities collaborate, investigate, treat and prosecute violent crimes. She also works with law enforcement to develop protocol and implement the use of a Strangulation Supplement in the field — allowing first responders to be more investigative by carrying her knowledge and needs as a prosecutor into the field on every case.


Earlier (Wednesday, April 17) -- Summit Day 2 B-Roll, Sound Bites

Download a 21:21 reel of B-roll and sound-bites from Day 2 of the Summit. (.mp4 format)

It includes the following:

0:04 Sheriff Roberts receives special plaque honoring his two decades of work on the Child Abuse Summit.
Speaker: Helen Bicart,Summit Planning Committee member,retired police chief
1:05 B-roll footage: Child Abuse Summit, Day 2 (Wednesday, April 17, 2019)
3:45 Sound bites: Amy Stoeber, PhD
Dr. Amy Stoeber is a licensed psychologist who works with children and families of all ages, birth through young adulthood. She owns a private practice in Clackamas and focuses on early childhood issues, teen adjustment issues, family stress, trauma and a variety of other mental illnesses that affect children and families.
6:31 Sound bites: Texas Ranger Cody Mitchell
Ranger Cody Mitchell has been a Texas Peace Officer for approximately 20 years, serving the last nine as a Texas Ranger. His current Ranger duty station is in Austin, Texas, where he is tasked with assisting all agencies in his area as well as all major investigations involving crimes against people, crimes against children, public corruption, and crimes against persons.
15:48 Sound bites: Colleen Kamps, MA, CYC
Colleen Kamps has her Masters of Arts in Child and Youth Care and has been working in the helping field for 40 years. She is a full-time professor and coordinator at Centennial College in Toronto in the Child and Youth Care Program. She also teaches part-time at Ryerson University and has a private practice in Toronto, where she provides counselling, clinical supervision and consultation to professionals, and training in areas including trauma, suicidality, abuse, grief, self-care, and anxiety.


Earlier (Tuesday, April 16) -- Summit Day 1 B-Roll, Sound Bites

Download an 8:38 reel of B-roll and sound-bites from Day 1 of the Summit (.mp4 format)

It includes sound-bites from Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Robertsand Ret. Sheriff John Bishop, Excecutive Director of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association.


EARLIER (Monday, April 15)

Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit

Twenty years ago, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office brought together professionals working to fight child-abuse and family violence.

Today, it's one of the biggest gatherings in the United States of men and women across the disciplines working to protect children and families from the ravages of abuse.

The 20th Anniversary Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit starts Tuesday, April 16 and ends Friday, April 19 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland, Oregon. The founders and various speakers will be available for media interviews as they celebrate two decades of this landmark gathering.

About the Child Abuse Summit

The Summit was started in 2000 by Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts. At that time, he was a CCSO detective working child-abuse and child-homicide investigations. He realized they weren't isolated cases -- that instead we were facing a hidden epidemic of violence and abuse.

This led to the founding of the three-and-a-half-day multi-disciplinary conference -- designed for professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence.

On this 20th-anniversary year, nearly 1,000 attendees, instructors and volunteers -- a record-high turnout -- will gather from across the United States and around the world for the Summit. They'll meet in dozens of sessions over four days to discuss the latest research and techniques in investigating crimes and patterns of abuse.

20 Years of the Summit, In Numbers

From 2000 to 2019, the Summit has enjoyed:

  • 13,511 total attendees from 13 countries
  • 2,027 scholarships awarded
  • 1,168 classes and workshops, taught by 723 presenters

Keynote Speakers, Awards and a Special Concert

Keynote speakers at this year's Summit include:

  • Laura van Dernoot Lipsky -- founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others. She has worked directly with trauma survivors for more than three decades. Her Tuesday keynote is "Transforming Trauma: How to Do this Work and Sustain."
  • Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, MA -- the director of We End Violence, a violence prevention social business, and outgoing president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council.
  • Janelle Williams Melendrez, MS -- Acting Executive Director of Employee Equity, Inclusion, and Professional Development at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA. With Bucholtz, she will present Wednesday's keynote, "Through the Looking Glass: A Conversation about Bias, Perception, Victims, and Change."
  • Jennie Willoughby-- Jennie uses her 13 years working in the classroom and her knowledge on neuroscience to create workshops using mindfulness and meditation to promote healing from abuse, anger, anxiety, stress, and trauma. Jennie writes at and has been published in The Washington Post, Time magazine, Elephant Journal, and Rebelle Society,as well as appearing on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and Fox News. Her Thursday keynote: "And So I Stayed: Finding Peace and Healing Beyond Abuse."
  • Mark Yarbrough -- Former 20-year elected district attorney Yarbrough personally experienced burnout and learned how to successfully overcome it. He has since become a “burnout expert” and has written and published on the subject. In his Friday keynote, audience members will learn the definition of "burnout" -- as well as techniques to help themselves or their co-workers avoid and/or recover from it.

On Thursday morning, the Summit will also present "Champions for Children"awards to:

  • Amanda McVay, Children’s Center of Clackamas County
  • Chief Greg Graven, Yamhill Police Department
  • Dr. Shirish Patel
  • Amy Wolff of the Don’t Give Up Movement (
  • and Superintendent Travis Hampton, Rebecca David, Jodi Sherwood, Wendy Landersand Dominique Milletteof the Oregon State Police for their work on the SafeOregonschool-safety tip line (

And on Wednesday night, the Summit will once again feature an exclusive concert for attendees featuring country star Jackson Michelson.

Interview Opportunities

To set up interviews with professionals and speakers at the Child Abuse Summit, contact our Public Information Officer. Many experts will be available, as well as founders celebrating 20 years of this remarkable conference.

More Information

The Summit is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Team and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT). The Summit's goal is to educate professionals on the complex issues associated with child abuse and family violence, to broaden each professional's knowledge base in multiple areas, and to increase understanding of the other agencies' roles and responsibilities.

The Summit is presented with the generous support of sponsors including the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, SEARCH, the Oregon Children's Justice Act Task Force, AT&T, the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Oregon Department of Justice, the Clackamas County Multidisciplinary Team, the National Criminal Justice Training Center at Fox Valley Technical College, Columbia Sportswear, Market of Choice, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Franz, Canby Ford, and many others.

Visit for more information -- including session descriptions, speakers and other activities.

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Contact info:

Sgt. Marcus Mendoza
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Public Information Unit