15th Annual

Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference

October 14-16, 2018 in Murfreesboro, TN

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The 2018 Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference 

Fifteen years ago a group of individuals representing several different disciplines had the idea to begin a conference in Tennessee that focused strictly on improving how child abuse allegations were investigated and handled.  In 2003, the first Connecting for Children's Justice Conference was held with about 250 attendees.  Since then the conference planning committee has grown and each year they identify training needs across the state and match expert presenters with those topics. 

The need for training for child maltreatment professionals continues today.  We, the Children's Advocacy Centers of Tennessee, remain committed to hosting a high-quality conference at an affordable cost because we know the benefits and we have witnessed the implementation of professional knowledge in the field. 

The 2018 Conference is being crafted with our participants as the focus. We will offer over 80 workshops to meet your training needs. The CCJ Conference is unique because it is the largest training for responders to child maltreatment in the state. 

2017 Karaoke Party


The 2017 Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference was an opportunity to provide a platform for professional exchange of ideas and views on how to strengthen the response to child maltreatment cases in Tennessee.

Click here to view the 2017 CCJ Conference brochure. 




The 2018 Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference will be held at the
Embassy Suites Conference Center in Murfreesboro, TN. 



Submit Speaker RFP

CACTN invites you to submit a proposal for the 2018 Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference, which will be held on October 14-16, 2018 in Murfreesboro, TN. The Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference offers workshops that inspire and equips participants with skills and strategies to strengthen families, prevent child abuse, and ensure children’s healthy development presented by knowledgeable speakers. These workshops cover an array of topics to meet the broad needs of the diverse attendees. This is your opportunity to share your expertise and tap your creativity by developing an original workshop for presentation at the conference.

Proposals that provide engaging and interactive learning opportunities, focusing on advanced Child Maltreatment Topics will be considered. For examples on the workshops presented during last year’s conference, please click here.

The following discipline tracks and topics will be given priority:


  • Team Facilitation
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Fundraising/Development
  • Bridging the Gap on the MDT

Victim Advocacy

  • Preparing children for court
  • Assessing needs/strengths
  • Risk Assessments


  • Stewards of Children
  • ACEs
  • Building a Community Education Program
  • Prevention Strategies for High Schoolers

Law Enforcement

  • Suspect Interview Techniques in Child Abuse Cases
  • Human Trafficking Case Investigations
  • Preparing for court
  • Case Studies

District Attorneys

  • Ethics
  • Cross-Examination in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

Mental Health

  • Play Therapy
  • Children with Sexual Behavior Problems

Child Welfare Practice/CPS

  • Talking to Kids
  • Case Preparation and Presentation
  • Working with Non-Offending Parents


  • Medical Child Abuse
  • The National Protocol for Sexual Abuse Medical Forensic Examinations: Pediatric
  • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse

Instructions for submitting your Proposal

Please ensure that all items are included before you submit your proposal.

RFP Submission Checklist:

  • RFP form completed with details of presentation 
  • One-paragraph biographical sketch of each presenter(s)
  • 3-5 learning objectives
  • Speaker CV or Resume for each presenter(s)

All Proposals should be submitted by April 15, 2018.

If you have any questions, you may email or call LaShonda Randolph, lrandolph@tncac.org or (615) 333-5832.

Submit Speaker RFP

2017 Sponsors

CCJ 2017 will be an opportunity to inspire and equip participants with skills and strategies to strengthen families, prevent child abuse, and ensure children's healthy development presented by knowlegeable speakers. There will be networking experiences and a focus on self-care. Our Sponsors are vital in making all of this possible.  

Please join us in thanking the following sponsors for their unwavering support!

2017 Exhibitors

iRecord BIS Digital


TN CASA Association
Forget Me Not Flowers Mental Health Cooperative
Omni Community Health  Sexual Assault Center
Kid Central Tennessee Tennessee Volunteer Challenge Academy
YouthVillages Tennessee Voices for Children, INC.
Ten Thousand Villages Made for Freedom
Volunteer Behavioral Health  Camelot
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee (PCAT) Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN)
V2 Interview Room Recording Compass Intervention Center
Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) Thistle Farms
Children's Advocacy Centers of Georgia