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A New Way Forward: Thriving Families and Communities

Children's Trust of South Carolina, Building Hope for Children Conference 2021

Virtual conference, March 23-25

Registration will be coming soon.

What is the Building Hope for Children Conference?

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. Professionals, leaders and advocates for children and families work tirelessly to build strong families and thriving communities. Their contributions give us hope for a better future for our children and our families across South Carolina.

To support these everyday heroes, Children’s Trust is hosting its Building Hope for Children Conference, which will focus on regional prevention efforts, child welfare and building strong community resources that support family well-being. Conference attendees will be inspired by dozens of dynamic breakout sessions, local and national experts, and networking opportunities with peers from around the state.

Themes represented in keynote and workshop presentations

  • Building resilient families
  • Building effective organizations
  • Building thriving communities
  • Building equitable systems and policy

Details on registration, keynote speakers, and sessions are coming soon.

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Home Visiting Summit

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 Home Visiting Summit scheduled for August in Columbia was canceled. It is being merged into the Building Hope for Children Conference, where specific speakers, sessions and breakouts will be geared for home visiting professionals. We encourage home visitors to attend this event.

Eric Bellamy speaks at Home Visiting Summit 2019

Keynote speaker

Anton Gunn
Anton Gunn

Author, Healthcare Expert & Leadership Speaker

Read Anton's Bio

Call for presentations

Share your expertise with us

The call for presentations is closed. Presenters should expect to be notified by Nov. 25 at the latest.

Children’s Trust seeks fresh, relevant content tailored to attendees, including direct-service providers, program administrators and support staff, and other community stakeholders. Presentation content should be related to the prevention of child abuse and neglect or promotion of child and family well-being, and all content should foster race equity and inclusion. Attendees will gain strategies to strengthen individual programs and services.

Speaker presenting at the 2019 Building hope for Children Conference

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium

CEUs will be offered through South Carolina AHEC. Details to follow.

Building Hope for Children Conference group workshop

Exhibit at the conference

The Building Hope for Children Conference offers the opportunity to share your services and products with many home visitors and early childhood interventionists from across South Carolina. Be the first to know about conference exhibiting opportunities. Sign up to be notified when exhibitor registration is open.

Exhibitor notification form

2015 Prevention Conference DSS exhibitors booth

Show your support and be a sponsor

Your support will help our state’s professionals be as well-equipped as possible and remain committed to their important work.

Caitlyn McAnulty
Donor Relations Coordinator

For more information

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Due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus/COVID-19, Children’s Trust is moving events to virtual platforms or postponing to a more suitable time. Please check your event listings or inquire with the appropriate staff person. View our events.