Together for Children conference


Together for Children Conference

The Greg and Mary Ann Renz Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect 

April 4 - 6, 2017 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee WI.

Scroll down for more conference details, schedule and fees


The conference will be held simultaneously with the International Family Justice Center Conference. This will allow Together for Children attendees the opportunity to attend their workshop sessions in addition to our sessions. Find the conference schedule tab below.

Our keynote speaker on Wednesday, April 5 will be Dr. Linda Chamberlain, who will address "The Intersections of CA, DV and ACES." Dr. Chamberlain is an epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to violence and brain development.

Keep checking back for conference updates.

Questions, email or call (920) 969-7925.

Who should attend

The purpose is to improve prevention, treatment, investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect by providing knowledge and skills to address emerging issues, research questions and public policy changes in child welfare and child protection.

Our target audience is:

  • Child abuse prevention personnel
  • Child Advocacy Center personnel
  • Child Protective Services
  • Domestic Violence Center personnel
  • Judicial officers and attorneys
  • Law enforcement officials
  • Medical and health professionals
  • School personnel
  • Social workers
  • Therapists and psychologists

Children’s Hospital and Health System fully intends to comply with the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If any participant is in need of accommodation, please call (414) 337-7716.

Conference schedule

The conference will be held simultaneously with the International Family Justice Center conference.

This will give Together for Children participants the opportunity to attend their workshop sessions, in addition to our sessions. The two groups will join together for the Keynote Plenary sessions. Workshop sessions will be held in both the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Wisconsin Center.

Conference attendees will have increased confidence in their ability to identify signs of child maltreatment and indicators of possible maltreatment and know how to respond.

The conference keynote presentations’ content level are appropriate for all participants. Each workshop content level is listed on the registration form under “details.”


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

MDT Response to the Investigation of Child Abuse and Exploitation
Det. Jeff Rich
This day-long session will be divided into 2 parts. Part I will expose attendees to methods and techniques offenders are using to facilitate the exploitation of children online as well as methods used by Law Enforcement and Social Services to utilize these same exploits as evidence against the offender. A case study will be presented. Part II will provide information on how to prepare and MDT to identify victims of child sex trafficking and how to prepare the team to deal with the needs of the victim as well as the needs of the prosecution. Best practices that teams need to take to ensure success will be presented.

2017 Together for Children Program

Note: Lunch is on your own each day

Registration and fee information

Registration is now open.   REGISTER HERE 

Registration fees for the conference for Wisconsin residents are:

1 day - $150    2 days - $249    3 days - $345

Group discounts and discounts for multi-disciplinary teams are available.  Contact Jane Yeager for more information.  Phone - (920) 969-7925

Presenter biographies

  • Linda Chamberlain, PhD
    Founding Director, Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project; Consultant, Family Violence Prevention Fund, Homer, Alaska
  • Jeff Rich, MPO
    Detective, Plano Police Department
  • Fredi-Ellen Bove, MA
    Administrator, Division of Safety and Permanence, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Madison
  • Lynn Gahagan, MSW,CAPSW
    Forensic Interviewer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center
  • Lanikque Howard, MSW
    Senior Research Assistant, Institute for Research in Poverty, UW- Madison
  • Molly Jasmer, JD
    Senior Attorney, Waukesha County Corporation Counsel, Waukesha
  • LaMikka James
    Parent Leader/Community Engagement Specialist, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Exchange Family Resource Center, Janesville/Beloit
  • Aviva Kaiser, BA, JD
    Ethics Counsel, State Bar of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Jill Karofsky, MA, JD
    Executive Director, Office of Crime Victim Services, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison
  • HeeJin Kim, MA
    Program and Policy Analyst – Advanced, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Madison
  • Barbara Knox, MD
    Medical Director, University of Wisconsin Child Protection Program, UW American Family Children’s Hospital, Madison
  • Karla Lehmann, BS
    Forensic Interviewer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Child Advocacy Center
  • Becky Mather, MS
  • Prevention Education Coordinator, Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, Madison
  • Patricia Parker, CSW, MCCMH
    Trainer and Consultant, PA Parker Consultations, Milwaukee
  • Katy Petershack, MPA
    Program and Policy Analyst-Advanced, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Madison
  • Hillary Petska, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Lisa Roberts, MS
    Child and Family Services Division Manager, Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services, Waukesha
  • Shelly Rusch, BA, JD
    Attorney General, Criminal Litigation, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Madison
  • Anna Salter, PhD
    Lecturer, Author; Consultant - Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Lynn Sheets, MD, FAAP
    Professor and Chief of Child Advocacy and Protection, Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Advocacy and Protection, Milwaukee

Continuing education credits



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of The Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin. The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with extent of their participation in the activity.

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 14.5 of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

Social work clock hours

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, provider #1021 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/29/16 through 1/29/19.
This workshop fulfills Continuing Education requirements for the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services for the State of Wisconsin for Social Work certification and licensure under MPSW 19.

For nonsocial work credentialed or licensed staff; of other academic disciplines – please check with your licensing/regulatory board for CEU approval.

By participating in this activity, social workers will receive:

  • Pre-conference – 5.4 social work clock hours
  • Day 1 of conference – 6.6 social work clock hours
  • Day 2 of conference – 4.8 social work clock hours
Resolution of grievances will be handled by the SW Continuing Education Committee. Contact Julie Turkoske with questions or grievances (415-337-7716).

Social Workers must complete all sessions and turn in an evaluation form in order to complete the course.


Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credential Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses who successfully complete this activity will receive:

  • Preconference – 4.5 contact hours
  • Day 1 of conference – 5.5 contact hours
  • Day 2 of conference – 4 contact hours


Continuing Legal Education – 16.5 hours. This is the maximum credit(s) allowed for the conference.

Ethics and Professional Responsibility – 3.5 hours. This is the amount that qualifies for the EPR component. Do not add this number with the CLE hour(s).

Guardian Ad Litem For A Minor – 11 hours. This is the amount that qualifies for the GALm component. Do not add this number to the CLE hour(s).

Hilton Milwaukee City Center and lodging information

A block of rooms are available at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI 53203 - $129/night for single or double occupancy. Register here.

The block of rooms at the Hilton Milwaukee Center are almost filled. If you are unable to get a room at the Hilton, the DoubleTree (across the street – 611 W. Wisconsin Avenue) now has a block of rooms for Together for Children at the same price. These will be held until March 10. Click here for the DoubleTree registration.