Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative to kickoff inaugural conference Tuesday

AUBURN – The Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative will host its inaugural state conference on Tuesday, Sept. 25 through Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Grand National Marriott in Opelika.

The initiative is a partnership between the Auburn University Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention/The Children’s Trust Fund, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, various state agencies and a growing network of family resource centers and community partners focused on supporting healthy, stable relationships and marriages in Alabama.

Alabama First Lady Patsy Riley and AU College of Human Sciences Dean June Henton will present opening remarks at the Healthy Marriage, Healthy Families, and Responsible Fatherhood State Conference of Best Practices at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The conference will feature a luncheon with nationally-known humorist and AU graduate, Jeanne Robertson on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and will feature Judge Glenda Hatchett of “The Judge Hatchett Show” as the keynote speaker for the closing session on Thursday.

Nationally-recognized experts will offer professional development workshops for more than 300 attendees from state agencies and community-based organizations. Topics cover best practices for prevention and educational programs focused on healthy relationship and marriages, fatherhood, health and well-being, parenting, youth development and organizational development.

Post-conference seminars with emphasis on stepfamilies will be held on Sept. 28 and 29.
The conference is a collaborative effort among the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative, Auburn University, the Children’s Trust Fund, the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, the Alabama Department of Human Resources, the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and the National Stepfamily Resource Center.

Auburn University, social work and NBCC Counseling CEUs will be awarded for attendance. For additional conference and registration information, visit www.alabamamarriage.org or call Teresa Wagoner at (334) 844-3238. Registration is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Contact: Sandy Williams at (334) 844-8715, Charles Jackson at (334) 844-8711, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)