Child Advocacy Conference

A Brighter Future - Child Advocacy Conference

  • March 29, 2019

    8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    University Readiness Center, USC Upstate 
    301 North Campus Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29303 Map Location to the University Readiness Center

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    Keynote Speaker 
    Rev. Dr. Darrell L. Armstrong

  • 8:00 - 8:45  Registration

    8:45 - 9:00 

    Welcome, Dr. Brendan Kelly, Chancellor
    Welcome, Dr. Jennifer Parker, Director of Child Protection Training Center


    9:00 - 10:15 

    Victor Vieth, J.D., Founder and Senior Director
    Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, Winona, MN
    The History of Child Protection in the U.S.


    10:15 - 10:30 
    Break

    10:30 - 11:45 

    Rev. Darrell Armstrong, Trenton, NJ
    How I Got Over: Understanding and Implementing a Trauma-Informed
    Congregational-Based Family Strengthening Model


    11:45 - 12:45 

    Lunch with an update from:
    The Child Protection Training Center on Compassionate Schools Spartanburg


    12:45 - 2:00

    Janet Rosenzweig, Ph.D, MPA, MS
    Protecting Our Children


    2:00 - 3:00

    Nancy Henderson, M.D., Medical Director of Forensic Pediatrics
    Greenville Children’s Hospital, Greenville, SC


    3:00 - 3:15 Break

    3:15 - 4:15 TBD Regional Speaker

    4:15 - 4:30 Closing Remarks, Wrap-up and Program Evaluation

    4:30 Adjourn

    The speakers and planning committee for this conference have disclosed that they do not have relevant financial relationships with commercial interests and does not anticipate discussing unlabeled uses of any commercial products or any investigational products.

  • Victor Vieth, J.D., MA

    Victor Vieth, J.D., MA

    Victor Vieth, is the founder of Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (Gundersen NCPTC) and has served as senior director since its inception in 2003. In this role, he develops long-term strategy for expanding Gundersen NCPTC and its

    programs nationally and internationally. He also teaches, publishes, creates programs and works on public policy issues related to child protection. 

    Victor is in demand as a nationally recognized expert in the field of interpersonal violence. He speaks to audiences large and small at approximately 50 events each year. He has trained thousands of child protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigation, prosecution and prevention. He has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.

    Victor gained national recognition for his work addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President's Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association also named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading Us Into the 21st Century.” Victor is regularly asked to consult with legislators around the country regarding policy and reform and has testified in front of the United States Senate. Numerous foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Columbia, have sought his expertise to guide them as they create and implement ground breaking child protection policies.

    Victor has published countless articles related to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He is author of “Unto the Third Generation,” a bold initiative that outlines the necessary steps we must all take to eliminate child abuse in America in three generations.

    Mr. Vieth graduated magna cum laude from WSU and earned his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law (HUSL). While studying at HUSL, he received the American Jurisprudence award for achievement in the study of Constitutional law and served as editor-in chief of the Law Review. In 2017, Mr. Vieth earned an MA in theology from Wartburg Theological Seminary.


    Rev. Dr. Darrell L. Armstrong

    Rev. Dr. Darrell L. Armstrong, D.Div. (Honorary), M.Div., Ed.S.-MFT

    The Rev. Darrell LaRue Armstrong is only the 3rd Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church (Trenton, NJ) in the last 111 years!

    Shiloh (and its community development corporation) is a thriving community of faith rooted in the African American worship tradition, with a budget of nearly $3M serving nearly 600 families in the Greater Trenton Community and around the world.

    He is married to Melanie L. Pinkney, Esq., who serves as the Executive Director of the Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. (NJ-DEP). They are the parents of Amaris Kayla (10 years) and Daniel LaRue (9 years).

    In addition to being a father, husband, and pastor, the Rev. Armstrong is a civic leader, a grassroots community organizer, and a child welfare/family strengthening advocate. 

    A native of (South Central) Los Angeles, CA, the Rev. Armstrong believes that learning is a life-long endeavor and a mutual process.  

    His policy training at Stanford University (BA in Public Policy), theological training at Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and therapeutic/clinical training at The College of New Jersey (Ed.S. in marriage & family therapy) have uniquely prepared him to be a respected voice in the national and international child welfare/family strengthening communities. He sees his "global ministry" as working to make families stronger by equipping them with lessons of hope & resilience. 

    He is a certified master-trainer in NPCL's Fatherhood/Responsible Male Involvement and has obtained Cornell University’s Family Development Credential. Most recently, he was certified in Child Sexual Assault by the "Enough Abuse Campaign," and in Infant and Pre-School Mental Health from the Youth Consultation Services' (YCS) Infant and Pre-School Mental Health Institute.

    He is a highly sought after motivational and inspirational speaker and has given keynote addresses at several national conferences. He is frequently invited to appear in national forums and media to address child welfare, family strengthening and prevention issues of all types (child abuse, domestic violence, crime, juvenile delinquency, etc...) He also lectures on maternal/paternal child health issues as well as faith-based delivery of social, human and child welfare services.

    In 2001, he carried the Olympic Torch for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, a run he dedicated to America's 600,000+ foster children! In 2005, he was featured on a national PBS Special entitled "Faith & Family in America," which discusses the churches role in family services. In 2009, he gave the opening prayer for the U. S. House of Representatives. And in May, 2010, the Rev. Armstrong made history when he was elected the first non-Presbyterian Trustee to Princeton Theological Seminary’s Board of Trustees – the first in the school’s nearly 200 year history! He is committed to ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue and teaching religious tolerance in a world that is so religiously intolerant.

    Lastly, the Rev. Armstrong is the author of two books published by VirGenice Publishing, Inc.: "Snapshots of a Foster Child: Past, Present and Future," (a book chronicling his and his family's involvement in Los Angeles Child Protective Srvcs. & County Welfare Systems); "The Scent of Water:  Inspirational Writings on Hope and Resilience."(a book addressing theological and practical meanings of “hope” & chronicles his time in Haiti during 2010 Earthquake)


    Janet Rosenzweig, Ph.D, MPA, MS

    Janet Rosenzweig, Ph.D, MPA, MS

    Janet Rosenzweig makes life safer for childreneasier for parents, and more rewarding for professionals who have dedicated their careers to serving children and families.

    With diverse experience in every form of child safety and welfare – combined with impeccable credentials including a PhD in social work, an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government,

    a MS in health education, and a BS in family studies – Rosenzweig has enjoyed academic appointments at multiple institutions plus 20 years of service in government and nine years running New Jersey’s largest private organization fighting child abuse. Additionally, she has taken her academic background as a sex educator to all of these roles.

    In 2010 her professional stature was acknowledged when Governor Christie appointed her New Jersey’s commissioner for the Department of Children and Families. When her nomination was derailed by special-interest groups and party politics she chose to serve children and families by writing her 2012 book, The Sex-Wise Parent: The Parent’s Guide to Protecting Your Child, Strengthening Your Family, and Talking to Kids About Sex, Abuse, and Bullying (Skyhorse, 2012).

    Rosenzweig speaks to parents about the easy and effective ways they can protect their children and make their communities’ institutions safer; she speaks to professionals with the voice of an experienced, caring colleague identifying challenges and offering solutions.

    Janet Rosenzweig is an enthusiastic, high energy, engaging speaker uniquely qualified to help parents, educators, and public service professionals ensure the sexual health and safety of children in families, schools, and communities.


    Nancy Henderson, M.D.

    Nancy Henderson, M.D.

    Dr. Henderson serves as the medical director of the Division of Forensic Pediatrics at Greenville Hospital System. She graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine and did her pediatric residency at TC Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    She is board certified in Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics. She spends many of her days addressing one of the most difficult issues facing children: child abuse. For a decade, this pediatrician has performed child abuse medical exams at the Children’s Advocacy Center. She has the skills, patience, warmth and compassion to calm an anxious child, while gathering facts and medical evidence without further traumatizing the child. Just as importantly, she serves as an expert witness in Family and Criminal Court. Her testimony is often instrumental in the prosecution of child molesters.

Hosted by USC Upstate Child Protection Training Center