Children's Rights Council
First  National Child Access/Safe Haven Training Conference

October 4-5, 2002 at the Ramada Inn,
Near Baltimore-Washington Airport
Hanover, MD


Conference Brochure in PDF format

PURPOSE OF CONFERENCE. To find the best ways to establish, maintain, fund, and gain cooperation from judges, churches/community centers, and
the media for Child Access Centers. At a typical site, a parent will bring the child to the Center on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Fifteen
minutes later, the other parent will pick up the child. Two dates later, on Sunday, the weekend parent will return the child to the site at 7
p.m., to be picked up by the other parent fifteen minutes later. Some sites operate supervised access (visitatioin) on Saturday mornings,
where a parent may not leave the premises with the child.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: individuals and groups who want to research, learn, improve and apply access site operations skills in their host areas.
Judges, faith-based and community leaders, parent educators, attorneys and court administrators will learn how access sites will help improve
children's mental health, reduce threats of domestic violence, reduce family court caseloads.

ABOUT CRC: The Children's Rights Council begain in 1985. CRC has held 13 natinal conferences on parenting, especially for chlidren of
separated, divorced and never-married parents. This is CRC's first conference focusing on Safe Haven/Child Access sites.

Conference Agenda

Friday, October 4

    8:00 am Registration Opens/All Day

    9 a.m. Continental Breakfast

    9:30 to 11:30. Access Counselor Accreditation Training.

Become Certified in the Emerging Field of Access Counseling. Recommend for individuals participating in Child Access Sites. This two hour class, plus conference attendance, entitles you to certification. Certificate suitable for framing provided after conference. Additional fee for class and 2-year certification: $25.
Instructor: Mark Roseman, Assistant Director for Child Access, CRC,  Connecticut.
    9 a.m. to 12 noon. CRC BOOKSTORE/Author Signings

   12 noon to 2 p.m. Luncheon Presentation

"Crimes Against Nature", a 65 minute solo performance. Chris Kilmartin, Ph.D., presents a humorous and compelling look at the social pressure to be masculine, told mainly from the standpoint of a child learning the gender "rules" and finding many of them difficult and contradictory as he grows up.   Kilmartin is a comedian and professor of psychology at Mary Washington College, Virginia, and author of three books, The Masculine Self, The Pain Behind the Mask, and Sexual Assault in

    2:15 to 3:15.  An Overview of the Access (Visitation) Programs

CRC President David L. Levy, J.D.,  Judge David Gray Ross, Former Federal Child Support Enforcement Director and Teresa Kaiser, J.D.,  Director, Maryland Child Support Enforcement Agency. Judge Ross was President  Clinton's family-oriented federal Child Support Commissioner; Kaiser administered two federal access grants in 1989 and 1990.
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Workshop A
Those who operate sites:  Barriers to access
Terry Cady, President, DVI, Inc., CRC Illinois, moderator .
Participants will include officials who fund CRC sites, and directors of
CRC sites.

Workshop B
Those who don't operate sites:  Barriers to establishing sites.

Stacy Rodgers, moderator, Deputy Director for Programs, Department of
Human Services, Washington, D.C.

4:30 to 5:00 pm.
Round Table, Discussion and Trouble Shooting by Workshops A and B

6:30 to 8:30  Gala Dinner

"The Federal Perspective on Access (Visitation)"

8:30 to 11:00
Swing Dance! Fun for single and married parents!

Saturday October 5

8:00 to noon, Registration

8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 9:30. Working within the Law: Working with Family Court Justices.
Why judges are an integral component to Access Site success. How to work with judges to establish and maintain Access Sites for Children and Families.

Judges from around the country, including Ohio, Maryland, Washington, D.C.

9:45 to 11:00 a.m.

Workshop A
Domestic Violence: How stemming abuse increases frequency of access, child support payments and strengthens parental-child bonds.

Susan Horowitz, Ph.D., University of Rochester, New York Medical School

Workshop B
Legal Liability for Access Sites: Protecting Site Directors, Volunteers and Managers

Speaker to be Announced

Workshop C
Good Accounting Practices, Reporting of Data and Evaluations of Sites -- The very things you need to attract more grants.

Speaker to be Announced
11:15 am to 12:15 pm.

Workshop A
Operations and Guidelines for Access Sites

Al Ellis, CRC National Child Access Director, moderator.
Margaret Wuwert, Ohio, assistant CRC Child Access Directors.
Lonnie Perrin, Delicia Barnet, Jimmie Curley, and other site managers.

Workshop B
True and False Allegations of Abuse

Robert Gidding, attorney, Philadelphia
Dean Tong, consultant and author, Florida.

Workshop C
How an Access Site has helped my children and me.

Parents Who Have Used the Sites..
12:30 to 2:00

Luncheon Presentation:
Preserving Marriage and Families: What the Marriage Movement and The 2-Parent Movement for Children of Divorced and Never-Married Parents Have in Common.

Judge David Lewandowski, Family Court Judge, Toledo,Ohio. Friend of Ohio CRC. Advocate for families who are divorcing. Advocate for programs to preserve marriage and parental partnerships.
The Outlook for Fragile Families: are poor parents attractive candidates for marriage?
Jeffery Johnson, Ph.D., President and CEO, National Center for Strategic Non-Profit Planning and Public Policy (NPCL), Washington, D.C. (Both invited)
2:15 to 3:15

Workshop A
The Parental Alienation Syndrome

Robert Snow, Ph.D. and Sandra Snow, Ph.D., Baltimore, MD.
Current assessment of PAS as diagnostic tool, impediment to short and long-term child welfare and protocols both legal and psychological.

Workshop B
Faith-Based Participation in Child Access Services

Stacy Rodgers, director of program development, Department of Human Services, Washington, D.C. and monitors of transfer and supervised access sites at Antioch Baptist Church, Faith Tabernacle of Prayer and Providence Baptist Churches in the Washington/Baltimore area.

Workshop C
The how-to and whys of Parenting Plans.

Speaker to be Announced

3:30 to 4:30

Workshop A
How Supervised Visitation Network (SVN) Centers Operate
SVN is a national network of sites in many states. Differences and Similarities between SVN sites and sites operated by CRC chapters.

Spokespersons from SVN (invited).

Workshop B
Community Assets: Making Referrals for Family Health

Frank Banner, coordinator, CRC, Washington, D.C. Director of DC area
Access Sites and Parenting Group Administrator.

Workshop C
Fundamentals in Family Communication Skills -- Parent to Parent, Parent to Child. Parent Education/Anger Management.

Aaron McCormick and Larry Harrison, Parenting Counselors,Washington, D.C. (invited)

4:30 to 5:30
Formation of CRC Child Access Advisory Board
Discussion of membership responsibilities. Nominations and election of Advisory Board Members.

Conference Adjourns


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____ Registration Fees:
____ CRC MEMBERS $155, $105 without meals
____ NON-Members $195, $145 without meals


____ CRC Annual Membership $ 35 (half is tax-deductible)

____ Continuing Education Units (CEU;s) Available - $10.

____ Access Counselor Accreditation $ 25

___ I can't attend, but wish to make a tax-deductible
contribution to the success of the conference and the Transfer Sites.

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Hyattsville, MD 20782, phone 301/559-3120, fax 301/559-3124 .

Hotel rate: Ramada Inn, Hanover, MD $79 per night single or double.

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Come a day or two early, stay a day or two later! Just 20 minutes to Washington, DC by MARC Train! Just 20 minutes to historic Baltimore and Annapolis, MD. Hotel conference rates remain in effect for you!

*Refund policy: 75 percent refund if cancellation request received before September 27.