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March 27, 2001
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Child Abuse and Neglect Forum
State and Local Perspectives

In its eleventh year, the Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect will be hosted at Indiana University Northwest on Friday, April 6 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Raintree Auditorium. The forum will address both state and local perspectives on abuse, neglect and child welfare policy issues.

James Hmurovich, director of the Indiana Division of Family and Children will report on the State of Indiana's progress in implementing recommendations of the 1993 Indiana Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect. Responsible for all major child welfare programs in the state, Hmurovich will also report on important child welfare legislation being considered in the current session of the Indiana General Assembly.

Also presenting at the forum will be Bruce Hillman, director of the Lake County Division of Family and Children. He will focus on the state of child welfare services in Lake County, as well as report on recent child welfare program initiatives to combat abuse and neglect in the county.

Following the presentations, Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura, of the Superior Court of Lake County-Juvenile Division, will join Hmurovich and Hillman for a panel discussion on child welfare public policy issues.

The Eleventh Annual Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect is sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at IU Northwest, the Lake County Child Abuse Prevention Council-Northwest Chapter, American Society for Public Administration and the Education Committee. It is open to all interested community members free of charge. Continuing education credits (CEU's) for foster parents and licensed social workers are available. For more information telephone the SPEA office at 219-980-6695.

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