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Julie L. Jones, Secretary


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October 20, 2014
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DJJ, DCF, DOC and Partners Present the Fifth Annual National Faith Symposium, “Our Children, Our Future: Strengthening Families and Communities Through Faith”

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Orlando, Fla.— The National Faith Symposium, “Our Children, Our Future: Strengthening Families and Communities Through Faith,” will be one of the largest gatherings of faith and community leaders in Florida. This extraordinary event is held in collaboration with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council.

The two-day event brings together faith leaders from around the country to listen to inspiring speakers and share ideas and best practices of integrating faith-based organizations into the work they already do to help at-risk and delinquent children and youth, as well as their families.

This year’s speakers include Dr. Rosalind Y. Tompkins, a best-selling author, speaker, life coach, non-profit executive, poet and pastor; Antwone Fisher,  best-selling author of Finding Fish, screenwriter, film director and producer; Christian Moore, renowned author, speaker, licensed clinical social worker and advocate for at-risk youth; The Honorable Judge Glenda Hatchett, TV-personality for the syndicated show, “Judge Hatchett,” best-selling author, and founder of Parent Power Now - the premier online parenting network.

On Tuesday, the Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council will present the Champion of Hope Awards to celebrate outstanding faith-based and community-based organizations for their initiatives and innovations to improving outcomes for Florida’s at-risk youth, children in care and families in need.

The symposium will feature workshops on empowering parents, youth engagement, foster care, engaging community in child welfare, domestic child sex trafficking and much more. The complete list of workshops is available at www.faithsymposium.com

WHAT: 2014 National Faith Symposium
WHEN: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819

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