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Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott
Governor

David E. Wilkins
Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Stookey
Northwest Region Communications Director
(850) 509-2675
MORE THAN 200 CHILD WELFARE ADVOCATES CONVENE FOR DCF'S "CONFERENCE BY THE BAY: HELPING FAMILIES PROSPER"

PANAMA CITY, FLA. – The Florida Department of Children and Families, the Guardian ad Litem Program, and the Florida State University Panama City Campus will host the second annual "Conference by the Bay: Helping Families Prosper" from Tuesday, May 22 through Thursday, May 24.

The second annual Conference by the Bay is an opportunity for social services professionals to share successful ideas and solutions to protect children and strengthen families.

  • Who:
    The Florida Department of Children and Families, along with Guardian ad Litem volunteers, law enforcement, child advocates, domestic violence providers, substance abuse and mental health professionals and nonprofit community partners
  • What:
    Conference by the Bay: Helping Families Prosper
  • When:
    May 22-24, 2012

    May 22, 2012
    9 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Opening Ceremony, Guest Speakers and Awards Presentation
    Secretary David Wilkins, Florida Department of Children and Families
    Alan Abramowitz, Statewide Director, Guardian ad Litem Program
    Keynote Speaker Dewey Bozella, Arthur Ashe Courage Award Winner and Boxer

    10:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Workshops for Conference Participants

    May 23, 2012
    9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. – Workshops for Conference Participants

    May 24, 2012
    8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. .- Closing Ceremony and Speaker
    Carolyn "Freda" King: "A story of trauma, hope and restoration"

    9:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Workshops for Conference Participants
  • Where:
    The Florida State University Panama City Campus
    4750 Collegiate Drive
    Panama City, FL 32405

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