HOUSTON (September 15, 2017) – DePelchin Children’s Center hosted its annual trauma-informed care conference bringing together leaders and committed professionals of child-serving organizations across the community. Presented as part of the Maconda Brown O’Connor Training Institute, the conference was developed to educate people who are interested in providing trauma-informed best practices to children and families.

“DePelchin was honored to host this conference on trauma-informed care, knowing the importance of this model to our clinicians and the families they serve,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin president and CEO. “We have already seen the positive progress our children and families gain through trauma-informed care. The conference format allows us to increase awareness, educate, and promote important topics like these to professionals throughout child welfare and other child serving organizations. ”

Over 150 conference participants heard presentations by local and national experts, including Judge John Specia who opened the conference sharing his thoughts on the importance of trauma-informed care. The conference also included presentations by Diane Vines of The ChildTrauma Academy, Katie Olse of the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services, Peter Selby of The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and Jules Alvarado from The Alvarado Consulting and Treatment Group. A panel of Harris County professionals: Avia Benzion, Manager, FIRST Program, DePelchin Children’s Center; Natalia Fernandez, System of Care, Spring Branch Independent School District; Judge Bonnie Hellums, Senior State District Judge, Family Court, retired; and Joel Levine, Executive Director, Harris County Protective Services, also spoke about the importance of trauma-informed care from multiple perspectives.

About DePelchin Children's Center:
DePelchin Children’s Center believes that every child deserves to be safe and healthy. An accredited foster care and adoption agency, DePelchin serves the most vulnerable children and families in Texas and works to break the cycles of abuse and neglect. Our approach to caring for children integrates prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system. Founded in 1892, DePelchin is a nonprofit organization with locations throughout Houston and across Texas and gratefully receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, government grants and the United Way.


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