2014 Conference

The Twenty First Century Child: New Technologies and New Concerns

Date: Friday, April 4th 2014

Brochure: Brochure


Agenda: 9th Annual Conference

Location: Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
University Hall, 7th Floor
Montclair, NJ 07043

Keynote Speaker: 
Allison Blake, Ph.D., L.S.W.
Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families
  Dr. Allison Blake was appointed Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families by Governor Chris Christie.  Previously, she served as the Director of the Institute for Families at the Rutgers School of Social Work, where she oversaw a portfolio of grants and contracts aimed at strengthening families by building the capacity of the individuals and organizations that serve them. She also served as Vice President of Accreditation Operations at the Council on Accreditation (COA), an international organization that develops best practice standards for public and private organizations that provide services across the continuum of care. Her focus while at COA was on helping agencies build their capacity to improve service delivery.

Dr. Blake spent 18 years at the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, where she worked in various direct service and administrative positions. She later worked with the team charged with developing a blueprint for improving the capacity of the child welfare system to improve services to the state’s at-risk children and families.

Dr. Blake earned her BS in Social Work from the University of Dayton, an MS in Social Work from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Fordham University. She currently resides in Raritan Township, New Jersey.



 Media: Powerpoint presentations made available by the presenters:


Defining Bullying, Harassment and Peer Aggression: Implications for Law, Policy and Practice (Powerpoint) Michele Cascardi PhD and Cathy Brown JD (Ariel Alvarez, JD, PhD)
Parenting in the 21st Century Tawanda Hubbard, MSW, LCSW
Restitution for Child Pornography Victims James R. Marsh
Teen Parents in Foster Care Svetlana Shpiegel, PhD and Michele Cascardi, PhD
Teen Sexting: Free Expression, Child’s Play or Crime? Susan H. Curcio, Designated Counsel for the NJ Law Guardian

Anne Crater, Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Atlantic County


 Please feel free to contact us at chadconf@mail.montclair.edu or 973-655-4188 with any questions.