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By Selena Stevens


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"Children and Families 2001: Bridging Research and Practice" opens at 8 a.m. in the UK Student Center.

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Oct. 24, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Several national and state leaders will speak on the status of families and children in the United States Friday, Oct. 26, at the University of Kentucky's second annual interdisciplinary "Children and Families 2001: Bridging Research and Practice" conference. The event will open at 8 a.m. in the UK Student Center.

Sessions of interest include:

• 8:30 a.m.: “Kentucky’s Children: Our New Minority Group" by Ronald Crouch, director of the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville.

• 9:15 a.m.: “Policy Development: Where Theory and Practice Meet" by Kimberly Barnes-O’Connor, director of children’s policy for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

• 11:45 a.m.: “The State of Families and Children in the Commonwealth" by Viola Miller, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children.

• 1 p.m.: “Empowering Children and Families to Access and Use Services" by Helen Pratt, director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics and associate professor of pediatrics and human development in the Pediatrics Program at the Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.

• 2:15 p.m.: “If It Takes a Village...” by Kinsey B. Green, president of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

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