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15th Annual Congress on Children

15th Annual Congress on Children

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Presented by Voices for Children San Antonio on Friday, September 27, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Whitley Theological Center,
Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX.
Presented by Voices for Children San Antonio on Friday, September 27, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Whitley Theological Center,
Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX.

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Published by: NOWCastSA on Sep 19, 2013
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Voices for Children of San Antonio
Established in 1996 as A Vision for Children, the founding Board was comprised of providers of children’sservices, as well as business, foundation and academic representatives, all advocates whose mission was, andis, to improve the quality of life for children in our community and to make San Antonio the best city in the nation to
be a child. In 2001 the organization was incorporated as a separate 501(c)3 non-prot organization, committed to
improving the quality of life for San Antonio’s children through research, strategic planning, advocacy and action. A Vision for Children became a member of Voices for America’s Children as Voices for Children of San Antonio.Since 1998, Voices for Children has presented our Annual Congress on Children, aneducational forum for child advocates from throughout the community to gather, network, hear aboutthe latest research and best practices that affect children and prioritize efforts for the coming year(s).
Voices for Children of San Antonio is a research and advocacy organization committed to makingyoung children’s issues a priority in the San Antonio community. We network nearly 2,000 communitystakeholders from more than 500 organizations, working to improve the quality of life for San Antonio’s kids. Voices’ broad areas of interest include abuse and neglect; early care and education; and infant/childsafety & health care. Voices for Children, with volunteer co-chairs, directs task forces and workinggroups to seek improvement in these areas. These committees meet regularly throughout the year tocontinue work toward positive change in policies, programs and practices that impact young children.
For fteen years, Voices for Children of San Antonio has presented the annual Congress on Children, an
opportunity for our community’s child advocates to gather, network, learn about current and emerging issuesfor children, receive updates on research and legislation and develop priorities and strategies to improve thequality of life for children. The focus this year is on social, emotional and mental development and wellbeing.We are honored to have Robin Karr-Morse, counselor and author of
Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Rootsof Violence
Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease
, on the lifelong physical as well asmental effects of early infant and childhood experiences present as our Keynoter. A panel of legislators andstate organization leaders will provide a recap of the recent legislative session. Afternoon sessions includepresentations on prevention and management of childhood injuries, responses to the psychological needs ofchildren in the aftermath of a crisis and the needs of children in military families. Last year, approximately 400individuals attended. The audience is diverse and includes representatives of child-serving agencies, schools,health care institutions/hospitals, academic institutions, city/ county/ state departments, child care/ earlychildhood centers, foundations, judges and legislators. For the third year, parent leaders will participate, along withtheir agencies. C.E.U.s will be provided for Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers & Early Professionals.
Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make this year’s Congress on Childen a success. Your generious compassion towards the improvement of children’s well- being is unparralled. On behalf of the Voices’ Board of Directors and Staff, THANK YOU! 
Robin Karr-Morse,
Author & Therapist
To get to the root of many issues facing our nation today—including juvenile violence, adult incarceration, and the loominghealth crisis—we must look more deeply than our current focusand to the cradle of human formation in earliest development. As a family therapist and having served more than 20 yearsin Oregon’s education and child welfare systems, Robin Karr-Morse has drawn together the latest science in psychology,biology, neurology, and genetics to write two popular booksthat take readers inside the reality of early development.
Ghosts from the Nursery 
looks at the relationships between
child abuse and neglect in the rst three years of life and ag
-gression and violence in later years.
Scared Sick 
examines therole of early trauma in the later development of heart disease,addiction, and a host of illnesses currently escalating in our nation. Robin Karr-Morse views the goal of herwork as empowering parents and persuading policymakers to reshape social policy so that we begin to
support families in building healthy children rather than continuing to build larger and larger systems to x or
contain broken adults. Her message, based on the emerging research, is an optimistic but urgentcall to action.
It is impossible to forget the horric images of violence that we face every day as we worry about the world our children are growing up in. And it is impossible not to wonder what we can do to make it better.Robin Karr-Morse knows rsthand the daunting challenge of raising healthy children. As co-author of Ghostsfrom the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence, she offers a shocking but empowering message: Tounderstand violent behavior, we must look earlier - before adolescence, before grade school, before preschool - to the cradle.Karr-Morse’s startling evidence points out that violent behavior is born and cultivated as early as the rst  months of life. It is well known that the foundations for trust, empathy, a good conscience, and lifelong learning are laid down in infancy. It is also the time when a predisposition towards violent behavior is“hardwired” into the brain, which is a phenomenon strongly inuenced by the environment and one’s neurobiological composition.
Her latest book, Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease, discusses the repercussions of 
chronic fear in infants - when we are at our most helpless - into adulthood, and how these may trigger common diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity in adults.
Both books,
Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence & Scared Sick: The Role of Child- hood Trauma in Adult Disease
, will be on sale and available for a book signing immediately followingthe presentation and during lunch.

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