The 1st Annual Southern New Mexico Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect will be held in Ruidoso, New Mexico on April 11th - 13th, 2023. This conference provides practical and interactive instruction to those fighting crimes against children and helping children heal.  

The conference is presented by Kid’s Inc. Child Advocacy Center and is FREE for all attendees. It will bring together professionals employed by government or nonprofit agencies in the fields of prosecution, law enforcement, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, mental health, medicine, and many more who work directly with child victims of crime. The conference not only provides core and advanced training and skill development, but also the opportunity to learn from and network with professionals representing a variety of disciplines involved in the child welfare community.

Registration for the 1st Annual Southern New Mexico Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect opens on Friday, January 20, 2023. The conference sessions will be available in person only and will be held at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Drive, Ruidoso, NM. There is a great lineup of presenters available during the three (3) day conference, and there will be up to 22 advanced training hours through the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy

Tuesday, April 11
Child Death/Homicide Investigations
Vicarious Trauma
Child Maltreatment and Understanding the Child Abuse Response Team (CART)

Wednesday, April 12
Case Study - State of Texas vs Ochoa
Suspect Interviewing Techniques
Interdiction for the Protection of Children

Thursday, April 13
Child Sexual Abuse and Disclosure /
Normal Sexual Behaviors
Suffer from Burnout, Give 'Em the F.I.N.G.E.R.

Make plans NOW to attend!!

Eight (8) sessions in three (3) days, the
1st Annual Southern New Mexico Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect promises to provide something for everyone with presenters who are recognized for their passion and expertise. The combination of high-quality training and networking opportunities will challenge and inspire everyone who attends the conference.

Conference attendees may stay at MCM Elegante Lodge & Resort, which is located next to the Convention Center. The discounted room rate will be $96 per room daily. You can make your reservation by calling (575) 258-5500 – be sure to tell them you are attending this conference to receive the conference rate.
Ruidoso Convention Center
111 Sierra Blanca Dr, Ruidoso, NM
Date & Time
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
8-8:30am Registration / Arrival
8:30am Welcome / Opening Remarks
4:30 pm Close for the day
Wednesday, April 12, 2023
8-8:30am Registration / Checkin
8:30am Welcome / Opening Remarks
4:30 pm Close for the day
Thursday, April 13, 2023
8-8:30am Registration / Checkin
8:30am Welcome / Opening Remarks
3:00 pm Close for the day
Judge Angie K. Schneider, Chief District Judge, Twelfth Judicial District Court  
JUDGE ANGIE K. SCHNEIDER earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Mexico and her Juris Doctorate from the UNM School of Law. She was appointed to the District Court bench in 2013 and won election in 2014. Judge Schneider serves as Chief Judge for the Twelfth Judicial District, Lincoln and Otero Counties, and, in addition to her duties as Chief Judge, presides over child welfare, juvenile justice, adult criminal, and competency matters. Judge Schneider serves on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Children’s Court Improvement Commission (CCIC), and co-chairs the CCIC Legislative Subcommittee. She also serves as Vice Chair on the New Mexico Juvenile Justice Advisory Commission (JJAC) and chairs the JJAC Legislative and Planning Subcommittee. She serves on the New Mexico Supreme Court Mental Health and Competency Commission (MHCC) and is a member of the MHCC Youth and Juvenile Subcommittee. Judge Schneider chairs the Children’s Court Judge’s Association for the New Mexico Judiciary. She also chairs the Otero County Juvenile Justice Board and co-chairs the Twelfth Judicial District Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Judge Schneider serves on the Alamogordo Mobile Crisis Response Team Stakeholder Committee. She is also a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and serves on the NCJFCJ Child Welfare & Juvenile Law Advisory, Governance, and Curriculum Development Committees. Judge Schneider is also the very proud mother of Julia Claire Schneider-Montgomery.
Jim Holler, former Chief of Police
Jim Holler served as Chief of Police for sixteen years of the Liberty Township Police Department in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Chief Holler is an internationally known speaker specializing in crimes against children and has trained and provided technical assistance to thousands of attorneys, judges, law enforcement professionals, medical, mental health and public health professionals, social workers, and advocates both in the United States and internationally on a range of topics specifically related to crimes against children and social worker safety. Chief Holler is the Executive Director of Firefly, an independent sexual abuse investigative company and has conducted independent sexual abuse investigations for large religious organizations throughout the United States.
Chief Holler became an Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator and has conducted pro-active internet investigations making multiple arrests for possession of child pornography and undercover chat related arrests for soliciting sex from a minor.  Chief Holler was the founder and board president of the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center in Gettysburg PA and past board president of the Wetzel-Tyler County WV Child Advocacy Center in Paden City WV and currently sits on the board of Dream Big, Believe Bigger, Inc.  
Dr. Shalon Nienow, MD
Dr. Nienow, MD is the division director of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, medical director at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, associate professor of pediatrics at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and clinical director of Child Abuse Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.
As a child abuse pediatrician, Dr Nienow provides medical evaluations for children who are alleged victims of all forms of child abuse/neglect. She frequently serves as an expert witness in civil and criminal legal proceedings related to all aspects of child maltreatment.
Dr. Nienow has conducted research in patterns of disclosure in child sexual abuse as well as on methods of testing for sexually transmitted infections in children, and she has co-authored publications on both topics. She regularly provides trainings to various members of the multidisciplinary team.
Dr. Nienow serves on the NCE planning committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, was an editor for the AAP's latest publication of the Visual Diagnosis CD, served on the ABP content development team for Maintenance of Certification for the Child Abuse Sub-Board, and was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Counsel on Child Abuse and Neglect. In addition, she was chosen to serve as a subject matter consultant for the 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention STD Treatment Guidelines section regarding sexual assault or abuse of children.
Her areas of professional interest include starvation and torture, abusive burn patterns, psychological maltreatment, medical child abuse, disclosure patterns and sexually transmitted infections.
Dr. Karen Campbell, MD
Karen T. Campbell, MD, Forensic Pediatrician, received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico in 1994.  After internship and residency in General Pediatrics, she did a fellowship in Forensic Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico and the NM Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI).  Currently she serves as Medical Director of Children, Youth and Families/Child Protective Services (CYFD/CPS), and is a member of the Child Abuse Response Team (CART) with the UNM Department of Pediatrics.
Since 1997, Dr. Campbell has been active in the field of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect Pediatrics. She lectures frequently to varied audiences and has testified in Children’s, Criminal, Federal, Tribal, and Military Courts. For more than a decade she has been a presenter for legal core training offered by the Corinne Wolfe Center for Child and Family Justice, UNM School of Law.
Jason Foutch, Texas Dept of Family Services  
Eric Erlandson, Cooke County Texas District Attorney's Office
Jason Foutch
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Jason Foutch is a Special Investigations Program Director with The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and has been in this position since April 2021. He currently supervises eleven special investigators and is assigned to Collin and Dallas counties in Texas. Prior to being promoted, Jason was a special investigator and he was assigned to Denton County. For his work on the Ochoa case, he was awarded the DFPS Commissioner's Award. Jason is retired from the Corinth Police Department where he worked for twenty years. During his career Jason was assigned to Patrol Division, Internal Affairs, Warrant Division and served fifteen years in the Criminal Investigations Division.
Eric Erlandson 
Cooke County, Texas District Attorney Office
Eric Erlandson is the First Assistant District Attorney for Cooke County, Texas. He has been First Assistant District Attorney in Cooke County for almost six years, and is the chief prosecutor of crimes against children, crimes against persons, and all other violent crimes in Cooke County. In this last six years, Eric has successfully prosecuted dozens of child abuse cases. Eric is also a Special Assistant United States Attorney with the Eastern District of Texas, where he prosecutes Project Safe Neighborhood cases, which involve violent criminals who possess firearms and pose a constant threat to children and communities in North Texas.
Sam Montoya, Detective-Otero County Sheriff's Office
Detective Montoya is a sixteen-year veteran in Law Enforcement and has been serving in that capacity since 2006.  In 2008 Montoya transferred to the Otero County Sheriff’s Office where he has served in the areas of patrol, field training officer, swat, police instructor and criminal investigator.  Montoya has over one thousand hours of advanced training and holds Basic, Intermediate and Advanced level peace officer certifications from New Mexico Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Academy.  He has attended advanced training through local and national organizations including but not limited to: The NM Attorney General’s Office, University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center, NM Coalition of Sexual Assault, National Sheriff’s Association, National Criminal Justice Training Center, Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, and the National Children’s Advocacy Center.  Montoya has been involved in the investigation of over 150 child abuse cases and specializes in the area of child abuse.
Jake Boyd, Sergeant- Texas Department of Public Safety
Jake Boyd has been in law enforcement since 2009. He has served with the Texas Department of Public Safety since 2012. During his time with the Texas Highway Patrol, Boyd became part of the Texas Crimes Against Children Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program. While assigned to the Texas Highway Patrol Region 1D of Texas, Boyd made multiple IPC traffic stops resulting in child rescues and investigations being initiated. Boyd was also assigned to assist Troopers identify and rescue endangered or exploited children and identify those who pose a high-risk threat to a child. Boyd coordinated with Victim Services, the Texas Fusion Center and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to assist in locating missing children and at-risk children. Boyd is a Master Peace Officer with a Master’s Degree of Science in Criminal Justice. He currently oversees the IPC program as a Sergeant in the Training Operations Division – Crimes Against Persons Training Unit. 
Mark Yarbrough, former District Attorney
Mark was elected to five terms as the Lamb County & District Attorney. He served for 20 years, prosecuting everything from death penalty cases to DWIs. During his tenure, in 2002, he was awarded the M.A.D.D. regional prosecutor of the year. He served on the board of directors for the Texas District & County Attorney’s Association and is a member of the National District Attorney’s Association. He also is one of the founding fellows of the Texas Prosecutor’s Society. Mark graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1984. Following that, he worked as a loan officer for Dallas Federal Savings. In 1987, Mark went back to law school at Texas Tech School of Law where he graduated in 1989. At the end of 2012, Mark retired as District Attorney.  
Mark personally experienced burnout, learned how to successfully overcome it, and went from “Burnout” to “On Fire!” He has since become a “burnout expert” and has written and been published on the subject. Mark is a very entertaining, motivating and inspiring speaker.
Join us!
April 11 - 13, 2023
We look forward to seeing you!

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