What is the Bivona Child Abuse Summit?
The Bivona Child Abuse Summit is a multidisciplinary training conference for professionals who work with children. The Summit was created by Bivona Child Advocacy Center in recognition of the pressing need to build awareness and education about child abuse issues in our community. Professionals encouraged to attend include social workers, law enforcement, attorneys, judges, mental health professionals, the pediatric medical community, school personnel, daycare providers, child advocacy center personnel, and the faith-based community.
In its first eight years, nearly 4,000 professionals from across New York State and beyond attended the Summit, learning about current trends in child abuse. Because of the extraordinary feedback and support received, the Summit was expanded to a two-day conference in 2011, allowing attendees the choice of attending one or both days. With dozens of options to choose from, attendees can select the workshops that interest them; each workshop is presented by experts in their field, including international, national, and regional speakers. Participants will also learn about the outstanding community resources available for children and families including Bivona Child Advocacy Center.
Our vision is to grow the Summit into the preeminent conference in the Northeast region, and we are well on our way to achieving this goal. Through the expertise of our speakers, our goal is to educate members of our community - and beyond – on collaborative ways to prevent, treat, and investigate child abuse.