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March 23,, 1999
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Local Child Abuse and Neglect Issues Discussed

Child Abuse and Neglect in Indiana: State and Local Perspectives will be discussed at the Ninth Annual Forum of Child Abuse and Neglect on April 1 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Indiana University Northwest in the Library Conference Center, 35th and Adams Street.

The purpose of the forum, says Rick Hug, public and environmental affairs associate professor, is to focus the attention on child abuse and neglect in Lake County, as well as Indiana.

“This will provide an occasion to look at policies and issues at a state and local level,” says Hug. “It will also give an opportunity to discuss new initiatives to deal with the problem.”

 Making presentations during the Forum are James Hmurovich, director of the Indiana Division of Family and Children - and Bruce Hillman, director of the Lake County Division of Family and Children.

Hmurovich, who has the responsibility for all major child welfare programs in the state, will provide the state’s perspective on child abuse and neglect by reporting on the progress made in implementing the recommendations of the 1993 Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect. He will also report on important child welfare legislation under consideration in the current session of the Indiana General Assembly.

Hillman will focus on the state of child welfare services in Lake County. He will also report on recent child welfare program initiatives in the county.  There will be a question and answer session following the presentations.

Sponsored by the IU Northwest Division of Public & Environmental Affairs and Political Science and the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, the Forum is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the IU Northwest Division of Public & Environmental Affairs and Political Science at (219) 980- 6695.

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