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Stories Added - August 2010
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Crimes against children Jordan, Brown attend workshop
Houston County Courier

Through funds donated to the Kalin’s Center for further education, Mary Jordan, Deputy with the Houston County Sheriff’s Department, and Meg Brown, forensic interviewer/ program director with the Kalin’s Center, attended the Crimes Against Children Conference Aug. 9 – 12. “With the help of these donated funds, Kalin’s Center hopes to be able to continue send our partner agencies and staff to conferences and trainings in the future,” said Debbie McCall, executive director. The Crimes Against Children Conference is an annual event held in Dallas at the Sheraton Hotel. The conference provides a source of information for investigating child abuse. There are people from all over the nation who attend and they are involved in all aspects of child abuse investigations including law enforcement, Child Protective Services, prosecutors, forensic inter-viewers, counselors, etc. “It is a great way to network with other agencies and share ideas,” said Jordan. About 3,400 attended this year’s conference, setting a new record. The conference offers a variety of classes to attend that are specific to each one’s role in investigating child abuse cases. “The speakers are very knowledgeable in their fields and give insight into the latest tools available for investigating,” Jordan said. “Every child comes with a different set of hurdles to jump over, depending on their age,” Brown said. “The speakers also provide the latest up-to-date interview-ing techniques and how to address these different barriers in interviewing children. Mary and I are thankful for the opportunity to attend this conference.”

 

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