For Immediate Release
All Zones
April 3, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Roxane M. Geraci at (219) 980-6686
Indiana University Northwest
Office of Marketingand Communications
Child Abuse and Neglect in Indiana
State and Local Perspectives

The Tenth Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect will be atIndiana University Northwest on April7 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Academic Activities Building Auditorium. The forum will present state and localrepresentatives giving their perspectives on child abuse and neglect inIndiana.

At the state level, Eric Vermeulen, deputy director of the IndianaDivision of Family and Children, will report on the stateís progressin implementing the recommendations of the 1993 Indiana Commission on ChildAbuse and Neglect. He will also discuss important child welfare legislationpassed during the recently completed session of the Indiana General Assembly.

Bruce Hillman, director of the LakeCounty Division of Family and Children, will focus on the state ofchild welfare services in Lake County. He will also report on the childwelfare system in Lake County and the recent welfare program initiativesto combat abuse and neglect in the county.

Also on the agenda, Denise Travis, IU Northwest assistant professor of social work, will discuss the Impact of Implementation of the Adoptionand Safe Families Act on Families and Children. Together with a groupof graduate social work students, Travis will report on the informationgathered on the impact of the act recently researched for a graduate socialwork project.

Sponsored by IU Northwest, the universityís Division of Public and EnvironmentalAffairs (SPEA) and PoliticalScience, and the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the American Society forPublic Administration, the forum is open to all interested individualsfree of charge. Three hours of continuing education units (CEUís) are beingoffered to foster parents and licensed social workers. Following each presentation,a question and answer session will take place. 

Free parking is available in the main lot north of the Academic ActivitiesBuilding and the campus visitor parking lot located on the west side ofthe main lot. Parking passes will not be required during the event, butvisitors should avoid reserved and handicapped slots.  

More information on the annual forum for child abuse and neglect iswith SPEA at 219-980-6695.

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