National Child Abuse Prevention Month Webinar

Child Abuse Prevention Month Website

Educators play an important role in recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect. But they also play a vital role in working to prevent maltreatment from ever occurring at all. Because of their unique leadership position in the community, educators can be the link to making meaningful connections with children, their families and the community.

This webinar will take a look at National Child Abuse Month and how educators can make a difference in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Information will be presented by Rosie Gomez (from the Department of Health Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau) and Sharon McKinley (from Child Welfare Information Gateway).

Here are links to some additional resources shown in the webinar:

Presented by:
Rosie Gomez (Department of Health Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau)
Sharon McKinley (Child Welfare Information Gateway)

Download the slides from the presentation (PDF)

If you attended or watched the recording, you can download a certificate of attendance (PDF)


Rosie Gomez is a Child Welfare Program Specialist at the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect within the Administration for Children and Families, a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She has over 12 years of experience working in the field of child welfare and social services. Her work at the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect focuses on managing a range of grant programs, including working with tribal and migrant grantees. Prior to joining the federal government, she worked at a city and county child welfare agency in child protective services and has experience working at non-profit agencies.

Sharon McKinley is the Prevention & Child Protection Program Manager for Child Welfare Information Gateway, a national service for the Children’s Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health & Human Services. She serves as a subject matter expert in the areas of child abuse and neglect prevention, child protection, kinship care, and family support. She has over 30 years of experience in the area of child welfare and social services. Ms. McKinley leads in planning the National Child Abuse Prevention Initiative for Child Welfare Information Gateway. She works collaboratively with the Children’s Bureau and various federal and national organizations to produce products relevant to the field such as the annual Child Abuse Prevention Resource Guide. Prior to coming to Information Gateway, Ms. McKinley worked at state and local social services as well as at community-based organizations in the State of Maryland.