In case you missed JOINING FORCES…

Prevent Child Abuse Utah’s 25th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference has concluded. Thank you to all of our employees, volunteers, and presenters for all of their time and hard work to make it a successful year. A big thank you to our attendees as well! JOINING FORCES could not exist without you.

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In case you missed it, here are a few highlights:

We kicked off the conference with keynote speaker Dan Powers on Monday, November 12. Read an article from Ogden’s Standard Examiner here.


“Powers said social workers, law enforcement, attorneys and medical staff need to remember they are part of a team. They can lean on each other when they need a break. He also gave suggestions, including to laugh often, socialize with those who have different careers, and to build a “bridge between your spirituality and work.””


Tuesday morning’s keynote was Cordelia Anderson whose presentation was titled “Dr. Seuss to Pornography.” “Yesterday’s porn is today’s mainstream media because the norms have changed,” she says.

The Standard Examiner also published an article on Wednesday’s case study panel on the tragic death of Shelby Andrews at the hands of her father and stepmother in 2006. Click here to view.

That article as well as one from the Salt Lake Tribune features our closing luncheon with Desirae and Deondra Brown of The 5 Browns. The Tribune’s article can be read here.

They have co-founded the Foundation for Survivors of Abuse. One of their main goals is to remove the statute of limitations for crimes of sexual abuse. To read more about their foundation and donate to the cause visit,

The luncheon with Desirae and Deondra Brown was also featured on FOX 13 News. Click the link to view the clip.

Thanks again!


SAVE THE DATE for the 26th Annual JOINING FORCES Conference on Child Abuse and Family Violence – November 12-14, 2013 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.



JOINING FORCES Keynote: Shelby Andrews Case Study

The keynote Wednesday morning of the conference will be given by a panel of professionals involved in the Shelby Andrews case including: Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, Attorney Laura Thompson, Detective Sergeant Heath Rogers, and case-worker Janell Pugh.

This session will be a case presentation of 10-year-old Shelby Andrews, who died in 2006 as a result of the physical and sexual abuse inflicted by her step-mother and father.  The Davis County attorney, attorney general’s office, Syracuse Police detective and CPS investigator will all participate in this panel presentation as they discuss legislation and changes in Utah laws since this case.

Since 2007, Troy Rawlings has served as the Davis County Attorney. He received his JD degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in May of 1994. From 1994-2000 he had his own private practice specializing in criminal defense and family law. Since then Troy has been the Deputy County Attorney as well as the Section Chief of Special Prosecution for the Davis County Attorney’s Office.

Laura Thompson, JD, CWLS, is a Section Chief with the Office of the Utah Attorney General, representing the Division of Child and Family Services.  She manages four Child Protection offices and provides legal training to DCFS workers in northern Utah, in addition to speaking to community partners in the area of child welfare such as physicians and ER staff, foster parents and law enforcement.  Laura was among the first group of attorneys in Utah to achieve a new legal specialization in child welfare law – Child Welfare Law Specialist – through the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Detective Sergeant Heath Rogers has over fifteen years of law enforcement experience with fourteen years being served with Syracuse Police Department.  He has spent most of his career working in the Detective Division. In between work, coaching and school he still finds time to serve as the Physical Fitness Coordinator for the Weber State University Police Academy.

Janell Pugh graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She has been a social worker for 17 years, the last 15 of those years with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services.

You can’t miss this! Click here to register for our 25th Annual Joining Forces Conference.