AUBURN - The Alabama
Community Healthy Marriage Initiative will host its inaugural state
conference on Tuesday, Sept. 25 through Thursday, Sept. 29, at the
Grand National Marriott in Opelika.
The initiative is a partnership between the Auburn University
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the Alabama
Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention/The Children’s Trust
Fund, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, various state agencies
and a growing network of family resource centers and community partners
focused on supporting healthy, stable relationships and marriages in
Alabama First Lady Patsy Riley and AU
College of Human Sciences Dean June Henton will present opening remarks
at the Healthy Marriage, Healthy Families, and Responsible Fatherhood
State Conference of Best Practices at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
The conference will feature a luncheon with nationally-known
humorist and AU graduate, Jeanne Robertson on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and
will feature Judge Glenda Hatchett of “The Judge Hatchett Show” as the
keynote speaker for the closing session on Thursday.
Nationally-recognized experts will offer professional development
workshops for more than 300 attendees from state agencies and
community-based organizations. Topics cover best practices for
prevention and educational programs focused on healthy relationship and
marriages, fatherhood, health and well-being, parenting, youth
development and organizational development.
Post-conference seminars with emphasis on stepfamilies will be held on Sept. 28 and 29.
The conference is a collaborative effort among the Alabama Community
Healthy Marriage Initiative, Auburn University, the Children’s Trust
Fund, the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, the
Alabama Department of Human Resources, the Alabama Department of Public
Health, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
and the National Stepfamily Resource Center.
Auburn University, social work and NBCC Counseling CEUs will be
awarded for attendance. For additional conference and registration
information, visit www.alabamamarriage.org or call Teresa Wagoner at
(334) 844-3238. Registration is available on a first come, first serve
Contact: Sandy Williams at (334) 844-8715, Charles Jackson at (334) 844-8711, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (firstname.lastname@example.org)