14th Annual

Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference

October 8-10, 2017 in Murfreesboro, TN

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People, Purpose & Passion...

Partners in Progress

The 2017 Connecting for Children's Justice Conference is an opportunity to Network with People, Embrace your Purpose and Nurture your Passion. This year's 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.

We will welcome over 700 professionals, speakers, volunteers, sponsors,  and exhibitors. Workshops will be offered by leading experts in their respective fields of practice and multiple networking opportunities. This year we will be celebrating the People that are involved in this movement. While focusing on our shared Purpose of strengthening families, preventing child abuse and ensuring the healthy development of our most vulnerable population. Our ultimate goal is to re-ignite the Passion in each of you.

We Are All Partners In Progress!

2017 CCJ Save the Date

2016 CCJ Recap

The 2016 Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference provided a platform for professional exchange of ideas and views on how to strengthen the response to child maltreatment cases in Tennessee.

CCJ 2016 proved to be an event fruitful for all attendees, which allowed the implementation of innovative ways of teaming and caring for our most vulnerable population.

Click here to view highlights from the 2016 CCJ Conference.

Download powerpoint presentations, resources, and handouts for the 2016 conference sessions below. 



The 2017 Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference will be held at the
Embassy Suites Conference Center in Murfreesboro, TN. Click here to make your hotel reservations. 


Call for Presenters

CACTN invites you to submit a proposal for the 2017 Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference, which will be held on October 8-10, 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


  • Stewards of Children
  • ACEs
  • Building a Community Education Program

Law Enforcement

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

District Attorneys

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

Mental Health 

  • Children with Sexual Behavior Problems
  • Play Therapy

Child Welfare Practice/CPS

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


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

Who Should Submit a Proposal?

You! Your colleagues! Your colleagues’ colleagues! Any professional with a level of child maltreatment understanding who would like an opportunity to share their knowledge with a diverse group of attendees from around the state of Tennessee is a great candidate for this conference.

What Kind of Workshop Can I Present?

The possibilities are endless! Past workshops have featured lectures, case presentations, audio/visual components, group discussion, and large group or small group activities and demonstrations. Presenters can choose between providing a 1.5 hour presentation or a 3 hour presentation, schedule permitting. Please be sure to indicate the length of program you prefer to provide when completing the RFP.

Presenter Benefits

In addition to the enjoyment of sharing knowledge with colleagues, presenters are offered deeply discounted registration rates for the day they present and may also earn continuing education credits [CEs] for their workshop [subject to licensure rules].

How Do I Submit a Proposal?

Go to the conference website (www.tnccjconference.org)

Scroll over to RFP to access the 2017 Connecting for Children’s Justice Conference RFP - and complete it in its entirety. Upload the completed file with your resume and bio attached [make sure your resume or CV has been appended to the end of the file, along with any other additional pages]. 

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 RFPs should be submitted by April 15, 2017.

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

Click here to submit your 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 Bureau of Investigations
YouthVillages Tennessee Voices for Children, INC.
Ten Thousand Villages