About the Conference


The Annual Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Virtual Conference is a two-day conference that offers access to national speakers and cutting-edge information in the field of child abuse prevention, intervention and best practices.


The conference features:

  • Three plenary sessions

  • Nine workshop sessions

  • Home Visitor workshop track

  • CEUs and other continuing professional
    development credits available

  • Same high-quality you've come to expect

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2021 Conference:

The 27th Annual Prevent Child Abuse Illinois Virtual Conference will be held October 14-15, 2021. This year’s conference theme is "Balance after Chaos: From Surviving to Thriving." PCA Illinois believes that everyone has a role to play in preventing abuse and neglect. No one person or organization can accomplish this alone. We all have to come together to collaborate to make that better tomorrow happen.

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Who Should Attend:

Social workers, teachers, healthcare professionals, administrators, law enforcement and court personnel, mental health professionals, prevention workers, substance abuse counselors, parents, adoptive/foster parents, home visitors and community volunteers. Anyone who works closely with children and families will benefit from this conference.


2021 virtual conference registration is available for the reduced price of  $99. Space is limited, so early registration is advised. The registration fee covers conference materials, plenary sessions, and workshops. Requests for refunds made in writing prior to Oct. 1, 2021, will be subject to a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given after Oct. 1, 2021.

How will the conference work?

This year we are partnering with V Fairs, a virtual and hybrid events platform. The email you use to register for the conference will act as your User Name to log into the virtual conference on October 14.


A limited number of DCFS prepaid PCA Illinois Conference registrations will be available for staff, foster caregivers and adoptive parents. DCFS staff who have supervisory approval to register for the PCA Illinois Conference should follow the instructions on how to register on the DNet. Please note that the DCFS Training Unit will award only DCFS clock hours for this conference.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists will be available for conference participants through Northern Illinois University. Early Intervention, domestic violence, and Gateways Registry-Verified Conference credit may also be available for eligible attendees.

All eligible participants will receive a certificate with CEUs awarded for attendance. The number of CEUs awarded will be based on the number of workshop and plenary sessions attended. Each plenary session is 1.5 Contact Hours and each workshop session is 1.25 Contact Hours. There is no charge for CEUs.

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To be awarded CEUs for the conference you must complete the conference registration form including any licensure, Gateway, EI or other certification number. There will be no exceptions. Some continuing education credits may be limited and require additional information and evaluations from participants. Complete instructions will be available during registration.