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Resilient Families and Thriving Communities

Children's Trust of South Carolina, Building Hope for Children Conference 2019

Sept. 5-6, Hyatt Regency, Downtown Greenville, S.C.

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What is the Building Hope for Children Conference?

Child-and family-serving professionals, advocates and leaders work tirelessly to prevent child abuse and neglect while building resilient families and thriving communities. Their contributions give us hope for a better future for our children, our families, our communities and our state. To support these everyday heroes, Children’s Trust hosts its biennial prevention conference, which will focus on building educational, health care and community resources that support family well-being.

Conference attendees will be inspired by dozens of dynamic breakout sessions, regional and national experts, and networking opportunities with peers from across the state.

Themes represented in keynote and workshop presentations

  • Building health and well-being
  • Building resilient families
  • Building responsive schools
  • Building effective organizations
  • Building strong connections with law enforcement
  • Building thriving communities 
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Who should attend?

The Building Hope for Children Conference offers a unique experience for anyone interested in the prevention of child abuse and neglect and the promotion of resilience and well-being. The conference is designed for prevention professionals, advocates, leaders and community stakeholders. Social workers, teachers, counselors, nurses, home visitors and other nonprofit professionals have found this conference valuable to their work.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CEUs will be offered through South Carolina AHEC. Following the conference, attendees will receive an email evaluation that must be completed in order to obtain a certificate of attendance for CEUs that can be applied to AHEC, nursing, social workers, counselors and therapists, and prevention professionals. Each program is approved for 11 hours.

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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Competencies

Conference workshops and keynote addresses will help attendees meet South Carolina’s Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) competencies for professionals serving very young children and their families. Individuals who meet the competencies can apply to be formally recognized for their specialized knowledge and skills in the eight following areas: 1) theoretical foundations; 2) law, regulation, and agency policy; 3) systems expertise; 4) direct service skills; 5) working with others; 6) communicating; 7) thinking; and 8) reflection. To learn more about seeking endorsement, visit the S.C. Infant Mental Health Association website at and or stop by the conference table hosted by the S.C. Infant Mental Health Association in the Exhibitors Mezzanine.

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Keynote speakers

Glenda Hatchett
Glenda Hatchett, Esq.

Judge and attorney, The Hatchett Firm, “The Verdict” (television show)

Read Glenda's Bio
Jerry Milner
Jerry Milner, D.S.W.

Associate commissioner, Children’s Bureau

Read Jerry's Bio
Robert Sege
Robert Sege, M.D., Ph.D.

Pediatrician and professor of medicine, Tufts University

Read Robert's Bio
Phil and Emada Tingirides
Phil and Emada Tingirides

Community policing officers, Los Angeles Police Department

Read Phil's and Emada's Bio
Enrique Feldman
Enrique Feldman, M.M., M.S.

Musician and educator, Global Learning Foundation

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Darrell Armstrong
Darrell Armstrong, D.Div. (Honorary), M.Div.

Pastor and child advocate, Shiloh Baptist Church

Read Darrell's Bio

Charming hotel in the heart of Greenville

Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency, Downtown Greenville offers guests the perfect balance of Southern hospitality and modern amenities. Located in the trendy downtown area of Greenville, we’re near the area’s best dining, shopping and entertainment.

Hotel information

The deadline to reserve a room at the Children's Trust discounted rate has passed. Attendees can still book a room at the Hyatt, subject to availability and prevailing room rates.

220 North Main Street, Greenville, S.C. 29601
Phone: 864-235-1234

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Show your support and be a sponsor

Your support of Children’s Trust biennial Building Hope for Children Conference will help ensure our child- and family-serving professionals are as well-equipped as possible and remain committed to their important work.

2019 Conference Sponsor Levels (PDF)

Sponsor information contact

Caitlyn McAnulty
Donor Relations Coordinator

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