Date: April 20-21, 2020
Location: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Traverse City, MI
Who should attend: Child advocacy center (CAC) staff and multi-disciplinary team (MDT) professionals affiliated with an accredited, associate, or developing CACs, professionals, students or any other advocates for children not affiliated with a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) or multi-disciplinary team (MDT).
Registration types & fees: Fees include conference registration, breakfast/lunch, & continuing education credits. Lodging is not included.
Early registration: Before March 25th
1-Day: $89 (Monday or Tuesday)
PAYMENT MUST BE MADE BY MARCH 25th TO RECEIVE EARLY REGISTRATION RATE.
Late registration: After March 25th
1-Day: $119 (Monday or Tuesday)
Student Discount: This year we are offering a 50% discount to full-time students! If you are currently enrolled for the next semester, please send a copy of your enrollment verification to email@example.com. Upon confirmation, you will receive a discount code to use with registration!
Lodging information, cancellation policy, and payment information can all be found on the registration page.
Interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor at our conference? Click one of the buttons below!
2020 Keynote Speakers
Jennifer Schuett & Chief Tim Cromie
Jennifer Schuett is a proud victim advocate and survivor of an attack that nearly killed her when she was eight years old. She continues to share her story in hopes she may encourage other survivors to speak out along with her in conquering crime. Jennifer has shared her journey for justice on the Today Show, America’s Most Wanted, CNN & Investigation Discovery; and has touched many lives through her website, www.justiceforjennifer.com.
Jennifer is a co-recipient of TAASA’s 2010 “Champions For Social Change” Award, was named a “Galveston County Champion” in 2012, and was also named Girl ExtraOrdinaire 2012 by Girl ExtraOrdinaire in California.
Chief Tim Cromie is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement, starting his law enforcement career in 1985. He joined the Nassau Bay Police Department as Chief of Police in 2018. Tim has previously worked for the Galveston County Sheriff Office, Hitchcock Police Department, Santa Fe Police Department and Dickinson Police Department.
During his career, Chief Cromie has worked assignments as patrol officer, patrol sergeant, dispatch/communications supervisor, community policing officer, DARE Instructor, school resource officer, detective, public information officer, and detective sergeant.
Chief Cromie currently holds a Master Peace Officer License and a Police Officer Instructor License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He also holds a Basic Police Juvenile Officer Certification and a Crime Prevention Certification, both from Southwest Texas State University’s Institute of Criminal Justice. Tim has also completed training in Hate and Bias Crime Investigation from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He has presented training for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Tim has also worked with The U.S. Department of Justice and Fox Valley Technical College assisting with writing a child abuse investigation curriculum to be used for FVTC’s distance learning program. Chief Cromie is also a member of an advisory committee to SAFE Alliance, Austin’s Children Shelter and Domestic Violence Safe Place, developing a resource website for victims, advocates and providers.
Jennifer and Chief Cromie are presenting “Lived to Tell – The Jennifer Schuett Story”
This case study will detail the case of Jennifer Schuett, one of the presenters, who was kidnapped as an eight-year-old, brutally raped, had her throat cut and was left in a field for dead. The presenters will discuss the challenges of the initial 1990 investigation and working with a child victim. They will discuss the advantages and hurdles of multiple agencies, including the FBI, working together. Jennifer will share her memory of that night, her desire to find her attacker, and moving on with her life. the presenters will discuss how time becomes an obstacle and an advantage in an eighteen-year investigation. They will discuss working with the media to find possible witnesses and clues. Advances in technology will be discussed, how DNA identified a possible suspect and the steps taken to connect him to the crime. Jennifer will talk about highs and lows of the investigation and dealing with multiple detectives over the years. Lastly, she will describe her experiences, becoming the “Survivor”, and her desire to motivate survivors and professionals who work within the system.