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Top Child Abuse Experts from Around the World to Gather in San Diego for Annual Chadwick Conference

Jan. 25, 2018 – San Diego, CA – More than 2,000 child maltreatment professionals from around the world will participate in the 32nd annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment.  The conference is a global forum for presentations and discussions about multi-disciplinary efforts to prevent, investigate, treat and prosecute child and family maltreatment and will be held at from Jan. 30 through Feb. 2 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.

The conference kicks off with opening ceremonies on January 30 at 10 a.m. and features Patty Wetterling, co-founder of Jacob’s Hope, who will share her personal story of turning hope to healing following the investigation of her son’s abduction.

San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephen will address the participants on the final day, February 1 at 10 a.m.

In the last three decades, the Chadwick Conference has become an internationally recognized opportunity to share the latest research, evidence-based education and best practices with professionals in the field.

“This conference seeks to find and spread the very best scientifically supported practices in San Diego and around the globe,” said Charles Wilson, senior director, Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego.  “We have some of the brightest minds from around the world gathered in San Diego to share and inspire one another. That will translate into improved outcomes for abused and traumatized children and their families on six continents and in our own backyard.”

The week-long conference includes more than 150 workshops and presentations on topics including child sex trafficking, mental health, criminal investigation, mental health treatment, trauma therapy, domestic violence, forensic interviewing, cyberbullying, and internet crimes against children.

Speakers at the 2018 conference include:

  • Patty Wetterling, co-founder of Jacob’s Hope, will share her personal story of turning hope to healing following the investigation of her son’s abduction. (Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m.)
  • Maja Marinkovic, co-director, Gender Management Clinic at Rady Children’s, will host a talk on the care for transgender and gender variant youth. (Thursday, Feb. 1, at 1:15 p.m.)
  • Ira Chasnoff, an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer will speak about medical marijuana and pregnancy. (Thursday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m.)
  • Richard Love is a retired police detective and will host a talk about Technology, Social Media and Children’s Risk. (Friday, Feb. 2, at 8 a.m.)

The conference is sponsored by the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s, a recognized leader in the assessment, detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse and family violence. In fiscal year 2017, the Chadwick Center served more than 6,000 children, families and professionals.

For additional information about the San Diego International Conference, visit: To schedule an interview with a speaker, contact the Rady Children’s media team at 858-966-4901.

Media Contact: Carlos Delgado
Office: 858-966-4901

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 551-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed. Rady Children’s is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to support its mission. For more information, visit and find us on FacebookTwitter and Vimeo.