Sheriff's Office hosts 18th annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Summit April 11-14

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: April 11, 2017, 6 a.m.



The 2017 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit starts Tuesday, April 11 and ends Friday, April 14 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland, Oregon.


Child Abuse Summit conference notebook coverThe 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.

Last year, over 800 attendees, instructors and volunteers gathered from across the United States and around the world for the Summit.


Keynote speakers at this year's Summit include:

  • Patty Wetterling -- Her Tuesday opening keynote, "There's a Dream That We Dream How the World Should Be..." will share lessons learned about child safety following her son's abduction. At the end of the presentation, participants will have an increased understanding of child abduction and exploitation and how to replace fear with knowledge; know how to talk to children about personal safety; and learn where to find resources to help and share the hope for a world in which children have the right to grow up safe and follow their dreams.
  • Jeffrey Bucholtz, MA -- In his Wednesday keynote "Collaborative Prevention: Supporting Victims, Children and Families Impacted by Violence," Bucholtz discusses the importance of collaboration in preventing and responding to violence.
  • Chris Newlin, MS, LPC -- The Executive Director of the National Children's Advocacy Center delivers a powerful Thursday keynote that asks "Are We Making a Difference? Should I Keep Doing This Work?"
  • Kevin Y. Brown -- The Friday keynote "Together We Stand" will reflect professional speaker and podcaster Brown's experiences as a former foster child of 17 years. In this workshop, Brown focuses on life through the lens of a foster-care child -- and reveals best practices he has learned from around the world that help re-energize child-welfare professionals.

The Summit will also feature an exclusive concert for attendees featuring rising country star Jackson Michelson.


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 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Franz, the Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and the Clackamas County Multidisciplinary Team.

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Contact Info:
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office