In observation of the Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Child Abuse Council of Santa Clara County will hold its 35th Annual Symposium. The day-long event offers professionals and children’s advocates the opportunity to learn about the impact of child abuse, how the community works to address it, and new approaches in prevention and treatment services. The Angel Award and Child Protector of the Year Awards will be presented to Dorothy Ross, CASA Specialist, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, and Social Workers Anne Hollywood and Yvonne Ruano, Santa Clara County Social Services Agency Department of Family and Children’s Services.
Symposium topics include: Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Approach in Reshaping the Lives of At-Risk Children, Youth and Families; Addressing the Needs of Children of Arrested and Incarcerated Parents; The Effects of Growing Up in Communities With Violence; Medical Community's Response to Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect; Juvenile Hall, Persistent Disproportionality, and Juvenile Prosecutions of Those Who Have Also Been Crime Victims; Presentation of the Child Abuse Council’s Healthy Relationships Campaign; and a Resource Fair featuring local child abuse prevention and intervention programs that are funded by the Child Abuse Council.
The Symposium attracts hundreds of participants every year. The program meets qualifications for Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP), California Board of Behavioral Sciences (LMFT and LCSWS) units and Continuing Medical Education (CME) units (credits pending).
President Dave Cortese, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors
Andrew Cain, Chairperson, Child Abuse Council of Santa Clara County
Margaret Petros, Chair, Symposium Committee, Child Abuse Council of Santa Clara County
Charlie Appelstein, MSW, Keynote Speaker - No Such Thing As a Bad Kid!
Community advocates, social workers, lawyers, law enforcement personnel, nurses, doctors, judges, prosecutors, educators as well as individuals from the faith community.
Friday, April 28, 2017, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
· 12 noon – 1 p.m. – Awards and Proclamation Presentation with Supervisor Dave Cortese
Villa Ragusa: 35 South 2nd Street, Campbell, CA 95008 (Downtown Campbell)
About the Child Abuse Council’s Angel of the Year Award Recipient
Dorothy Ross, CASA Specialist, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Dorothy Ross is the epitome of the word “dedicated”. Dorothy worked as a probation officer in Santa Clara County for more than 30 years from 1969 - 2001. In the early 1970’s she and a number of Probation Officers became concerned about how child sexual abuse victims were being treated in the Dependency system. Their actions led to the creation of one of the first child sexual abuse treatment programs in the nation. In the 1980s, she was assigned to the Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program as the Intake Officer. She was typically the first person the public reached when they called for help. They called at the darkest time of their lives, they got Dorothy’s voice which was welcoming, understanding, and validating of their personal reality. Dorothy retired from the Probation Department in 2001 after a successful and fulfilling career. “She took one whole day off and then went back to work for the next 16 years with Child Advocates of Silicon Valley where she continues to work until this very day,” says long-time colleague Steve Baron of Dorothy’s retirement.
About the Child Abuse Council’s Child Protector of the Year Award Recipient
Anne Hollywood, Social Worker, Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS), Santa Clara County Social Services Agency
Anne Hollywood is receiving the Child Protector of the Year Award for her exemplary dedication to protecting and improving the lives of children. Anne is assigned to the Non-Minor Dependent Unit (NMD), working primarily with 18-21 year olds who are dependents in Extended Foster Care (EFC). She supports youth in developing independent living skills (shopping, budgeting money, paying bills on time, etc.), maintaining stable housing, and accessing community resources. She also helps support this vulnerable population in developing and maintaining permanent connections so that they have a support system once they have exited the EFC. Anne has been a social worker for 12 years but has worked with foster youth for more than 20 years. Prior to her work as a social worker, she was a facilitator and program manager in a wraparound program and staff at a residential treatment program.
Yvonne Ruano, Social Worker, Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS), Santa Clara County Social Services Agency
Yvonne Ruano is receiving the Child Protector of the Year Award for her exemplary dedication to protecting and improving the lives of children in Santa Clara County. Yvonne Ruano’s supervisor in the DFCS Continuing Services Unit, Susannah Folcik, says of Yvonne: “She always goes above and beyond to ensure her children’s safety, health, well-being, and permanency. If we were to contact every child, parent, caregiver, and service provider that Yvonne has had contact with, we would find a pattern of reports that Yvonne is always on top of things, she spends quality time with her clients (both kids and their families and caregivers), and that she brings a quality of authenticity and transparency that leaves her clients feeling informed and protected. Her clients feel heard. She is consistently available and responsive.”
About the Child Abuse Council
The Child Abuse Council of Santa Clara County is a commission of the Board of Supervisors. Its members represent many different public and private agencies, community volunteers, and a wide range of professional disciplines. The mission of the Child Abuse Council of Santa Clara County is to protect children from abuse and neglect by their parents and caregivers, and from the systems designed to protect them. People who are concerned about child abuse and committed to its prevention are invited to join. People are also invited to join the various committees of the Council.
Media Contact: Laurel Anderson/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Andrew Cain, Chairperson, Child Abuse Council of Santa Clara County, 408-280-2461;
Margaret Petros, Symposium Chairperson, Child Abuse Council of Santa Clara County, 650-248-9529.
Posted: April 24, 2017