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This is a FREE training event. 

Start:  October 12, 2022 @ 9:00 am

End: October 13, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

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Registration Deadline: September 23, 2022

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There are a limited number of travel scholarships available. If you are interested in applying, click here.

A Skill Enhancement Training on Family and Non-Family Abductions.

Course Overview: This basic training introduces participants to a multidisciplinary approach to assist professionals working within all facets of child abduction. This is an opportunity for county partners to increase their understanding of the roles of each agency and network with partner agencies toward a more coordinated response to missing and abducted children. It is suitable for: child abuse and abduction programs, child protective services, law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, non-profit organizations, prosecutors and investigators, sexual assault/domestic violence programs, victim-witnesses, and school personnel.

The goals of this training are to: increase awareness and ability to respond to child abduction, promote collaboration between agencies to develop a more coordinated response, and understand the importance each discipline plays in child abduction.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare federal, state, and local law enforcement resources when working an abduction case.
  2. Summarize reporting requirements and timelines.
  3. Demonstrate increased understanding of liability when dealing with custody disputes and cases.
  4. Utilize resources and analyze regulations when dealing with international child abduction cases.
  5. Discuss the school’s role when dealing with a child abduction case.
  6. Identify strategies for working with families in the midst of an abduction or reunification.


Day 1 Agenda

8:30am – 9:00am / Check-In & Registration

9:00am – 9:15 am / Welcome-Introduction-Activity

9:15am – 9:30am / Impact Piece

9:30am – 10:15am / Erin Runnion

10:20am – 11:20am / Impact, Recover, Reunification and Reintegration 

11:25am– 12:25pm / FBI Child Abduction Response Plan

12:25pm – 1:25pm / Lunch

1:25pm–1:45pm / Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team Case Presentation

1:45pm – 2:25pm / The School's Response to an Abduction

2:35pm – 3:40pm / Prosecutor Response and Resources

3:50pm – 4:50pm / Decision Making Strategies

4:50pm – 5:00pm / Q&A – Wrap Up


Day 2 Agenda

8:30am – 9:00am / Check-In

9:00am – 10:00am / Law Enforcement Responsibilities

10:00am – 10:50am / Child Protective Services Best Practices

11:00am – 12:00am / California Way: Working Together

12:00am – 12:40pm / International Family Abduction Resources

12:40pm – 1:40pm / Lunch

1:45pm – 2:45pm / MUPS Resources

2:45pm – 3:35pm / California Child Safety AMBER Network

3:45pm – 4:45pm / Legal Issues

4:45pm – 5:00pm / Q&A – Wrap Up / Evaluations / Certificates

This training is FREE OF CHARGE. Participants are responsible for travel, lodging, and all meal expenses. Lunch is NOT provided.

Continuing Education

If you are interested in Continuing Education please apply and pay for credit at the training. Cash, card, and check payments.

  • Course meets qualifications for 14 hours of cont. education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, $45, Provider #128510. The Center for Innovation and Resource, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • MCLE – 8 hours total, $45, Provider #15175
  • POST - 14 hours, Provider #1214

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) at the event. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

For more information, questions, or grievances, please contact Goretti Alvarez at or 805-876-0295.

CIR is committed to providing safe trainings for its participants. We will follow state and local guidelines. Sanitation will occur before and after each training day.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should also contact Goretti Alvarez. Requests must be received by September 23, 2022.

The mission of the California Child Abduction Task Force is to reduce the risk and incidence of child abduction, and to increase the effectiveness of multidisciplinary response by enhancing skills, knowledge, and awareness of child abduction.

Produced by the Child Abduction Training Project of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) in partnership with the California Child Abduction Task Force with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act.