FULTON, NY – Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County Karrie Damm has announced that Victor Vieth, founder and senior director of the Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center in Minnesota, will serve as the keynote speaker at the CAC’s annual meeting to be held April 23 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the American Foundry in Oswego.
A world-renowned expert on child protection, Vieth has published works, created programs on public policy issues related to child protection, and has trained thousands of child protection professionals from all 50 states.
In addition, he has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs, and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.
A highly sought after speaker, Vieth’s presentations address a vast array of topics relating to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention.
At the CAC’s annual meeting Vieth will focus on his recent work, “Unto the Third Generation,” a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.
“We are fortunate to have such an esteemed professional in the world of child protection as the keynote speaker for our annual meeting,” said Damm. “I have attended his seminars and workshops at the Gunderson Foundation. Mr. Vieth is a dynamic speaker that shares his knowledge freely and inspires those around him to become actively involved in child protection.”
Vieth’s “Unto the Third Generation” initiative clearly defines what must be done to eliminate child abuse in three generations. From parents and guardians, to teachers and community members, to law enforcement and legal professionals, Vieth explains precisely what must be done by every community member at every level to eliminate child abuse in three generations.
“It’s a fascinating concept,” said Damm. “Mr. Vieth’s introduction of “Unto the Third Generation” to Oswego County is an important first step in our own “Be The End” campaign. Expounding upon Mr. Vieth’s premise we too have set a goal of ending child abuse in Oswego County in three generations. The number of actual child abuse and neglect cases, as well as the amount of repeat offender abuse cases in our county is disturbing. Oswego County, I’m sad to say, has some of the highest percentages of child abuse and neglect cases not only in New York State, but nationally as well. The CAC and our Multi-Disciplinary Team has done as outstanding job in treating aftermath of child abuse but that’s not enough. We want to end it!”
Damm added that the CAC’s annual meeting is open to the public and encourages community members to attend to learn more about the CAC, gain a better understanding of Vieth’s initiative, and discover how they can play a part in eliminating child abuse in Oswego County in three generations. There is a suggested donation of $20, which includes lunch and dessert.
Located at 301 Beech St., Fulton, the CAC is a non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, mental health providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse.
In 2014 the CAC served 465 children and families in Oswego County.
For more information on the Child Advocacy Center and to make reservations to attend its annual meeting, register at www.eventbrite.com/BeTheEnd or contact the CAC at 315-59-CHILD.