Sponsor or Individual Registration

Register online with the option to pay now, mail payment, or complete individual registration previously paid by employer.  $30 Individual Registration.  Continuing Education Credits - $10 additional fee

LPC, State Licensed Social Workers, LPN & RN CEUs are pending.


7:30 a.m.  Registration, Displays, & Refreshments

8:00 a.m.  Welcome & Recognition

8:15 a.m.  Keynote:  Derek Clark “You Cannot Think Negative About a Child and Expect a Positive Outcome”

9:45 a.m.  Break & Displays

10:00 a.m.  Sonia Martin “Trauma Behaviors in Children with Strategies to Lessen the Behaviors.

11:30 a.m.  Lunch on your own

12:45 p.m.  Alison Duncan with The Alabama Fusion Center, “Social Media” _ WAITING CONFIRMATION

1:30 p.m.   Teresa Collier with The Alabama Fusion Center,  “Child Trafficking in Alabama”

2:30 p.m.  Break & Displays

2:45 p.m.  Al Keith “ To Vape or Not To Vape ”

4 p.m.  Evaluations and Certificates

18th Annual Alabama Child Safety Conference

Protecting Our Children and Teens

Thursday, March 5th

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.     Registration at 7:30 a.m.

at Decatur Baptist Church

$30 Registration - $40 with CEUs

2527 Danville Road, SW    Decatur, AL  35603

Presented by the Child Safety Committee


Derek Clark

Author, Educator, Motivational Speaker

Motivational Speaker Derek Clark’s life is one of resilience and redemption. As a child, he suffered unthinkable child abuse, abandonment and emotional distress before being turned over to the psychiatric hospital at age five. His 13 years in the San Francisco bay area foster care system reflected an early life of humiliation, aggression, emotional distress, overwhelming anxiety and being wrongfully labeled. Eventually, with the help of foster parents, a fantastic social worker and mentors, he defied the artificial limitations imposed upon him. Derek knows first-hand how to cope with adversity and overcoming hardship. His past has never held him back from accomplishing what he set his heart and mind to.

Derek is an inspiring motivational speaker/trainer. His popular keynotes are "The Power of Resilience and Redemption: From Brutal Trauma to Triumph" and "You Cannot Think Negative About a Child and Expect a Positive Outcome". He is the author of seven books including Disable the Label: Never Limit the Potential of a Child, Never Limit Your Life and the I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek’s true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations worldwide with his message of resilience, hope, courage, unwavering perseverance and redemption. He recently received the International Foster Care Award through SOS Children's Village where they are located in 134 countries helping and protecting children.

Derek has also been a featured expert on CNN Headline News, The Steve Harvey TV Show, The Ricki Lake TV Show and other TV shows around the world. Recently, Derek has become a viral video sensation for his “Rapping Dad” videos which have had over 250 million social media views. You may keep up with his exciting journey by following him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MotivationalSpeakerInspires or his viral video Rapping Dad page at www.Facebook.com/RappingDad

You can find out more information about motivational speaker Derek Clark at https://www.IWillNeverGiveUp.com


Sonia Martin, LICSW, PIP

Director at Lifeline Children Services, President of Montgomery Foster & Adoptive Parent Association, Columnist at River Region Parent

Sonia is a licensed clinical social worker, PIP, a TBRI Practitioner and holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work. Her clinical focus is on helping parents and professionals understand the role of the brain in behavior and how to adopt therapeutic parenting techniques to help mitigate negative behaviors. Additionally, she trains family court Judges, GAL’s & DHR attorneys on measuring bonding & attachment and how to decide best placement for a child in care.


She has been invited to speak at the International Symposium on Child Abuse by the National Children’s Advocacy Center, the Judicial Summit on behalf of Casey Family Programs, the Alabama Conference of Social Workers, DHR Directors Conference, in addition to providing key note addresses at various other conferences in the southeast using a blend of humor and poignancy as she addresses current best practice for the players in the field of child welfare. She also authors a monthly parenting column for five mainstream publications in Alabama, Florida & Georgia. Her current role is the Director of Central Alabama for Lifeline Children’s Services.

Alison Duncan (info coming soon)

Intelligence Analyst


Teresa Collier 

Intelligence Analyst

Teresa Collier is an Intelligence Analyst with the Alabama Fusion Center. Ms. Collier has a master’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Auburn University Montgomery. She has extensive training in human trafficking, crime analysis and social media exploitation for law enforcement. As an Intelligence Analyst, she assists federal, state and local law enforcement with human trafficking investigations. Ms. Collier serves on several state human trafficking task forces and works closely with Alabama’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. In addition, she is a National Children’s Advocacy Center certified forensic child interviewer and is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts.

Al Keith, BA, LRT, CRT, AE-C

Educator, Speaker and Creator of "Asthma Blues"

Al Keith is a licensed and nationally certified respiratory therapist. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Respiratory Therapy Program and National-Louis University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Allied Health. As a result of his passion for clinical and patient education, Al advanced to become the Respiratory Care House Supervisor for Pediatrics and Coordinator of Respiratory Services for Neonatology at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. In these positions, he was involved in the clinical education of respiratory therapists, nurses, patient care technicians, as well as resident, fellow, and staff physicians in the area of respiratory care. Al is also a Certified Asthma Educator and an accomplished professional musician and vocalist with 52 years of experience. CTK’s innovative asthma education program, “Asthma Blues”, created in 2007, utilizes the science of music and learning to communicate the NAEPP guidelines for asthma management.
“Asthma Blues”® empowers people with asthma and their caregivers with evidence-based information, delivers key concepts that help them to manage asthma effectively, and equips them with the tools to keep asthma controlled.
“Asthma Blues”® is “Music with A Message That Matters!”®




Quest Prevention Services - a program of the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama


Community Action Partnership of North Alabama


Decatur City Schools

Morgan County Schools


Alabama Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries

CASA of North Alabama

Decatur Morgan Hospital

Decatur Youth Services

Eagle Consulting

Elite Center for Change

Hartselle City Schools

Mental Health Association - Rape Response Advocacy Program

Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama

Morgan County Child Advocacy Center

Morgan County DHR

Morgan County District Attorney's Office

Mosaic Mentoring of North Alabama

Neighborhood Christian Center


Parents and Children Together

Riverside Family Health, LLC

Southern Wellness Services

Volunteer Center of Morgan County

Child Safety Committee

Scott Anderson (Morgan Co. District Attorney's Office)

Shelley Bowling (Decatur City Schools)

Leah Brown (MOSAIC Mentoring)

Susan Claborn (Mental Health Association)

Johnny Coker (Morgan Co. District Attorney's Office)

Dana Gladden (Hartselle City Schools)

Susan Goggins (Morgan Co. Child Advocacy Center)

Kim Howell (CASA of North Alabama)

Bruce Jones (City of Decatur Department of Youth Services)

Crystal Landrum (Riverside Family Health)

Stephanie Losey-Naumann (Morgan Co. Child Advocacy Center)

Michele Moore (Quest Prevention Program)

Alison Miller (CASA of North Alabama)

Casey Coleman (Volunteer Center of Morgan Co.)

Candace Pettey (Decatur Morgan Hospital)

Tiffany Reaves (Morgan Co. Department of Human Resources)

Susan Roberts (Parents and Children Together)

Dwight Satterfield (Decatur City Schools)

Cindi Sherrill (Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama)

Joseph Strom (Decatur Morgan West)

Jessica Stroup (Decatur Morgan West)

Shannon Williams (MHA's Rape Response Advocacy Program)

Lee Willis (Morgan Co. Schools)