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Renée Boynton-Jarrett gives the keynote speech at the 26th Annual IUN Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect (copy)

Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett, a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center and founding director of the Vital Village Community Engagement Network, gives the keynote speech at the 26th annual Indiana University Northwest Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect in April 2016.

GARY — This year's annual Indiana University Northwest Forum on Child Abuse and Neglect will focus on the link between child abuse and poverty.

The keynote address will be given by Donna Beegle, an Oregon-based author and speaker who has devoted her career to helping Americans understand poverty and take action to deal with it.

The event, hosted by the IUN School of Public and Environmental Affairs, will begin at 9 a.m. April 28 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium at the Savannah Center.

Born into a migrant labor family and married at 15, Beegle is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. By age 25, she earned her GED certificate and, within 10 years, received her doctorate in educational leadership.

She speaks, writes and trains across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty for others through her company, Communication Across Barriers. For more than 25 years, she has traveled through hundreds of cities in 47 states and four countries to assist professionals with strategies for breaking poverty barriers.

The forum will begin with registration and continental breakfast from 8:15 to 9 a.m., followed by introductory remarks by Elizabeth Guzman-Arredondo of Calumet College of St. Joseph, Marshelia Harris of IUN’s School of Social Work, and Ellis Dumas of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

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The day will include 14 workshops covering such topics as human trafficking, sexual abuse prevention, immigration matters, LGBTQ issues, trends in child welfare services, engaging fathers in programs, and infant and toddler mental health.

Surprise guests will present the annual Dr. Richard Hug Cherish the Children Award during the event’s closing plenary in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium.

Because seating is limited and lunch is provided, early registration is encouraged and can be completed at iunforum.wufoo.com/forms/2017-iun-forum-registration. Walk-ins are welcome; however they are not guaranteed seating or lunch. The forum will provide continuing education units for licensed social workers.

Parking is available in the main IU Northwest parking lot on 33rd Avenue just west of Broadway and just north of the Savannah Center.

For more information, call (219) 762-3465. For those outside the Region, live streaming video will be available at indiana.edu/~video/stream/liveflash.html?filename=iunims.

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