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Children’s Network to hold interactive child abuse prevention discussion

children's networkThe Children’s Network is inviting those who work with children to come together to discuss ways to address child abuse during an interactive, web-based discussion “Connect to Protect: Preventing Child Abuse and Exploitation” on Tuesday, April 15 from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The Google+ Hangout format discussion will explore the effects of child maltreatment and how to prevent child abuse and exploitation in communities. Panelists for the discussion include Dr. Amy Young, a pediatrician with Children’s Assessment Center; Anne-Michelle Ellis, Coordinator of the San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation and Dr. Kiti Randall, a pediatric neurodevelopmental psychologist.

It will be the first time Children’s Network hosts a Google+ Hangout event. The goal is to engage child and family-serving agencies in the County, community organizations and family resource centers. Anyone who works with children is invited to register for the free web discussion including parents, caregivers, foster parents, and members of the community.

To register for the free online event and to post questions in advance for the panelists, visit If one does not have a Google account or is unable to create one, the discussion may be watched live on YouTube at

“The purpose of this interactive Google+ Hangout is to discuss how child abuse and exploitation impacts a child throughout their lifespan, and how to identify and respond to suspected child maltreatment,” Amy Cousineau, Children’s Network Officer. “In addition, our aim is to educate a wide variety of stakeholders, thus increasing the safety and well-being of our children.   We hope that by using this new media, Children’s Network will be able to deliver a message about positive child development in a way that engages our community at-large.”

The Children’s Network of San Bernardino County works to improve the quality of life for

“children at risk” who because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.

Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at

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