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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 20, 2008

Contact: Susan Morgan, (907) 269-4996, Cell (907) 632-6107

Media advisory: Public invited to Prevention Summit Nov. 3

Alaska Children’s Trust hosts dialogue in Anchorage on keeping children safe

Alaskans are invited to participate in the Statewide Prevention Summit: A Call to Action to Strengthen Families and Communities, hosted by Alaska Children’s Trust as part of the Child Maltreatment Conference. There is no cost to participants. Anyone who is committed and inspired to discuss with others from around the state on how to ensure Alaska’s children are safe, nurtured and heard is invited. Organizers hope to engage a diverse group of participants. Registration by Oct. 29 is required.

The Summit will coincide with the Child Maltreatment Pre-Conference and will encourage participants to contribute their thinking, engage in dialogue and share ideas that will result in the creation of a statewide vision to protect children and strengthen families and communities. This vision will become the platform for community commitments and action plans with the power to mobilize wisdom, resources, and supports for all of Alaska’s families and children. The keynote speaker will be Joe Williams, Tlingit elder and former mayor of Saxman and Ketchikan.

The Alaska Children’s Trust was established in 1986 with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect and to improve the status of children in Alaska by generating funds and committing resources to eliminate child abuse and neglect.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Parents, advocates, community groups, tribal representatives, elders, government agency representatives and anyone who works with children and families

WHAT: Prevention Summit, hosted by Alaska Children’s Trust

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Anchorage Hilton, Anchorage

WHO: Everyone interested in promoting child safety is invited to the free conference. Tlingit elder and former mayor Joe Williams is the keynote speaker.

REGISTER: Register by Oct. 29; sign up at www.hss.state.ak.us/ocs/childrenstrust .

For details, contact Panu Lucier, Alaska Children’s Trust, 248-7676; Margaret Volz, Alaska CARES, 212-2495 or visit www.hss.state.ak.us/ocs/childrenstrust .