Embracing Prevention, Empowering Communities

As South Carolina’s leader in the prevention of child abuse, neglect and injuries, Children’s Trust hosted its biennial Prevention Conference at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center October 2-3, 2017.


This two-day event is designed to help home visitors, social workers, counselors, program administrators and other child-serving professionals with their work keeping children safe and families strong.

Learning tracks and schedule

Available presentations

Prevention Conference program (PDF)

2017 Prevention Conference attendees take notes during a session.

Resilience: A Documentary

The conference included a showing of the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope by Karen Pritzker and James Redford. The film examines movement among pediatricians, educators and communities who are using the study of adverse childhood experiences to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope website

Conference video and story

With a theme of “Embracing Prevention, Empowering Communities,” the two-day event featured national and state experts who emphasized the role everyone plays in keeping children safe through four keynote speeches and 40 breakout sessions.

The variety of topics included child brain development, adverse childhood experiences, home visiting, race equity and inclusion, protective factors and fatherhood engagement. Check out our video and story that capture this great event.

Prevention Conference 2017 story

Statistics from the conference


Child Passenger Safety Technicians earned credits for recertification


Total attendees for Prevention Conference and CPS Summit


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Child Passenger Safety Summit video and story

As part of the Prevention Conference, Children’s Trust also hosted the Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Summit on Oct. 3. The summit featured speakers and trainers addressing the most current information regarding safety regulations, equipment training, and updates from manufacturers. This training offered continuing education units so that child passenger safety technicians can maintain their certification and continue serving thousands of families through car seat safety. Check out our video and story that capture this great event.

CPS Summit story

Photos from the conference

Keynote speakers

Charyln Harper Browne
Charlyn Harper Browne, Ph.D.

Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Read Charlyn's Bio
Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Science Journalist and Researcher,

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Ashley Rhodes Courter
Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Author and Speaker,

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Dan Siegel
Dan Siegel, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine

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Hotel information

Near by hotels offered special rates for this conference.

Hilton Columbia Center

924 Senate Street. 803-744-7800.

Hitlon Columbia Center
Hyatt Place, Downtown

819 Gervais Street.

Hyatt Place, Downtown
Aloft Hotels

823 Lady Street.

Aloft Hotels


Funding for the ACE Initiative is provided by the BlueCross BlueShield of SC Foundation, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.