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Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference



Join us for the first in-person meeting of our state chapter and home visiting networks, policy and community partners, and other collaborators since 2019.

The 2023 Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference will examine these core components – innovative programs and practices, family-focused policies, cutting-edge research, and public awareness and engagement strategies – and provide the latest thinking to help drive the field toward upstream prevention so that every child has the opportunity to grow up safe and nurtured.


Attendees including a pre-conference session for 400+ Healthy Families America staff: Direct Service, Supervisors, Program Managers and State Leaders from around the country.


Workshops, symposia and presentations, highlighting effective prevention strategies, programs, and practices


Networking opportunities and sales leads

Download our app

Discover more about the conference through our dedicated app, available for download on the Google Play and the Apple Store:

Day 1 Recap!

Our Baltimore convention kicked off with a sold-out crowd. Dive into the video to relive. Get ready for Day 2 as we hear from another line of amazing speakers throughout the day. Stay tuned for more! #TogetherforPrevention2023

Day 2 Recap!

Baltimore’s energy amplified on our second conference day! Dive into the video and discover! Day 3 awaits, and trust us, you won’t want to miss it!

Day 3 Recap!

Thursday, we concluded a memorable and transformative conference journey in Baltimore! Relive the final day! 🌍🤝 Dive into the video for Day 3 highlights and feel the energy all over again!

A word from Dr. Melissa Merrick

It’s hard to imagine that more than three years have passed since we’ve last been able to support each other and exchange ideas at such a large scale. Check out this short video where I share my take on why it is important to come together for prevention in Baltimore this August.

I hope you’ll join us for this transformative three-day learning and networking experience. I urge you to take advantage of early bird pricing by registering for the conference before April 28th. Click the button below to start planning your experience now!

Why attend the conference?

While we’ve been able to accomplish great things apart, the entire team at PCA America is incredibly excited to greet each one of you in-person this summer at the Together for Prevention: 2023 Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference. We will do our best to support each one of you and ensure that you enjoy your journey of discovery, community, and innovation to the fullest while you’re with us in Baltimore, Maryland.

Discover innovative new programs and practices:

Join us as we explore the needs of our communities and deepen the impact of our work through collaborative and intentional conversation.

Co-create a family friendly future:

Help us raise public awareness and engagement, advocating for family friendly policies nationally and locally to ensure families receive the tools they need to succeed.

See cutting-edge research before anyone else:

With over 40 workshops, symposia, and presentations, attendees will learn more about innovation in our sector and have the opportunity to interact with a variety of organizations working toward the same important goal.

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Network with your peers from across the country:

Be a part of this vital work, joining over 1,000 attendees across sectors to celebrate togetherness and build lasting relationships through conversation and networking.

[The sessions] were very educational and provided great information, thank you for a wonderful conference! Networking with PCA America and HFA throughout the United States was a wonderful experience. Hat’s off to the hard work of moving upstream!

Meet our Keynote Speakers

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Mayor Brandon M. Scott

Mayor Scott has been a strong supporter of many organizations in the community, working on family strengthening and child maltreatment prevention efforts across Baltimore. He will share his Guaranteed Income pilot program and Baltimore Young Families Success Fund with us.

Tuesday, August 22nd
11:00 am – 1:00 pm (EST)

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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a first-generation Iraqi immigrant, pediatrician, professor, and public health advocate. She will share her experience uncovering the Flint Michigan water crisis and its impact on the intersection of environmental justice and family support systems. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, August 23rd
11:00 am – 1:00 pm (EST)

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Dr. Clinton Boyd Jr.

Dr. Clinton Boyd, Jr. is the Executive Director of Fathers, Families, & Healthy Communities where he works to uplift African American fathers and ensure they are recognized as assets to their children, families, and communities. He is also a Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago where he explores how the life course events of African American men affect their experiences as fathers, as well as strengthening father engagement in home visiting and Responsible Fatherhood programs.

Thursday, August 24th
11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST

Excellent job. This conference provided education, networking, and motivation! Thank you.

Baltimore Inner Harbor

Accommodations for the conference will be at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor.

The Baltimore Inner Harbor has everything, from scenic waterfront views to fresh seafood restaurants to spectacular museums.

This was the first PCA America conference that I attended. All the plenary keynotes and breakouts were informative, the location was close to home, and I met so many peers from other states. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to attend.

Sponsorships & Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsoring and exhibiting at the Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference is a great investment— it’s an easy and effective way to connect face-to-face with attendees, generate authentic engagement, and build brand visibility and trust.

Wonderful conference! A great diversity of topics and relevant information. I came home with a lot of valuable information to share with my coworkers.

Healthy Families America Pre-Conference

As a bonus for the Healthy Families America (HFA) Network, there will be an exclusive pre-conference session on August 21st that is specifically designed for those implementing HFA in their communities, as well as those who support HFA at a state or regional level. Led by HFA National Office staff, this half-day session will focus on supporting your efforts to implement the HFA model to fidelity, among other things. It is also a great opportunity to network and collaborate with your HFA colleagues from across the country and have a little fun along the way!

Due to space limitations we will have to cap registration at 400 participants. Space will be filled on a first come first serve basis and attendees must register in advance through this registration page. More details will be released in the coming months, but we encourage you to register today to reserve your spot!


Please contact Catherine Smith at if you have any questions regarding the conference and registration.



We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore!

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