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B16. Risk & Remedy: Foster Care’s Response to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

Presented by Jennifer Hossler & Maggie Huddle, LMSW, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

Monday July 9, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

While foster care may be considered a risk factor for the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), it is also a critical part of the solution to support these youth and their caregivers. Learn more about the intersection of foster care and CSEC, including risk factors, challenges, and successful engagement strategies of youth and caregivers in mental health treatment. Explore ways foster care providers can lead the charge in developing creative solutions, including specific program efforts underway in Atlanta to train and support foster parents.

C13. Meeting the Needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children: Connecting Research to Practice

Presented by Kimberly McGrath, Psy.D, Citrus Health Network Inc.; Melissa Johnson, MA, MPH, Monica Landers, MA, MSW & Mary Armstrong, Ph.D., University of South Florida

Tuesday July 10, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) has garnered considerable attention in child welfare, but there is limited empirical research or evaluation on the services provided to these children. Learn about the approach taken by CHANCE, a treatment program for CSEC victims implemented in Miami-Dade County, Florida, to integrate research and evaluation into program development and improvement processes. Key lessons learned about best practices in both treatment and research, specific to CSEC, will be shared.

C32. Trafficking and Exploitation Prevention: Preparing Youth and Empowering Caregivers

Presented by Christine Keys, LMSW, Klingberg Family Centers; Aria Flood, Love146

Tuesday July 10, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

To increase success in the prevention of human trafficking and exploitation, providers should encompass both youth skill building and education with caregiver empowerment and engagement. Caregivers need skills to engage youth and support successful communication while making the connection between healthy relationships and the foundation for risk prevention. Providing caregiver education and offering youth prevention programming creates opportunity for effective safety planning to minimize youth victimization. Learn skills for prevention education implementation for youth and caregivers.

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