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Children's Hospital Recognizes Two "Champions" of Child Abuse Prevention at Second Annual Conference on Hope and Healing

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is hosting its second annual Conference on Hope and Healing. The event will explore issues of preventing child abuse and neglect. It is being sponsored by the Child Advocacy Center at Children's with support from the University of Pittsburgh and the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.

As part of this event, Children's has established the "Champion of Hope and Healing Award" for outstanding dedication and commitment to the well-being of children in this region. There are two awardees this year:

Gwendolyn Elliot, a former Pittsburgh Police commander and founder of Gwen's Girls, an organization that helps at-risk young women reach their potential in a nurturing environment

Kim Berkeley Clark, a judge in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. She was appointed by former Gov. Tom Ridge in 1999 and currently serves as the Administrative Judge in the court's Family Division

Janet Squires, MD
Chief, Child Advocacy Center
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Victor Vieth, JD – Keynote speaker
Director, National District Attorney Association's Child Abuse Programs
Author, Unto the Third Generation

The conference is being held in April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is an educational opportunity for social workers, caseworkers, legal advocates, police and others who work in the child welfare system.

Children's Child Advocacy Center provides comprehensive forensic evaluations (medical and psychosocial) for children and adolescents who may be victims of physical or sexual abuse or neglect. Children's center is one of only three in Pennsylvania recognized as full members of the National Children's Alliance.

Thursday, April 26, 2007
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (awards presentation begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.)

The William Pitt Union
Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Editor's Note:
Parking for the media is available in front of the William Pitt Union.


Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

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