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Equipping South Carolina to prevent child abuse and neglect

Our training and professional development opportunities give child-serving professionals the tools they need. We offer a diverse set of learning opportunities from statewide conferences to specialized sessions on a focused curriculum.


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Building Hope for Children Conference

Children's Trust of South Carolina, Building Hope for Children Conference. Be a champion for children.

This conference offers a high-quality learning, networking, and resource sharing opportunity for anyone interested in the prevention of child abuse and neglect and the promotion of child and family well-being. Attendees include professionals of all levels in the fields of child welfare, education, healthcare, mental health, childcare and more as well as community stakeholders such as parents and caregivers, guardians ad litem, elected officials, and others.

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Adverse childhood experiences

Children's Trust has strong network of adverse childhood experience (ACE) Interface Master trainers who are available to help you and your community understand the importance of preventing ACEs.

Schedule an ACE Interface Training

Learn the impact of ACEs on early childhood brain development, health and well-being, the original ACE study and South Carolina ACE data, as well as strategies to empower communities to prevent ACEs.

Screen ACE documentaries

"Paper Tigers" and "Resilience" explore ACEs and efforts to apply the science and evidence-based practices to empower communities to improve health and well-being.

Have a community conversation

Through a guided conversation, Children’s Trust staff can help facilitate community perspectives and knowledge to build a foundation for collective action.

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Building protective factors in your community

What are protective factors?

Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when presents, increase the health and well-being of children and families. They serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children find resources, supports and coping strategies so that they can parent more effectively, even under stress.

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