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DCF Chief Carroll To Kick Off Annual Child Protection Summit

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The head of Florida’s child welfare agency is kicking off the annual three-day Child Protection Summit in Orlando Wednesday.

About 2,700 people are expected to attend this year’s 2015 Child Protection Summit. The record number of attendees will include child welfare professionals, foster and adoptive parents, and different law enforcement agencies.

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll will start off the day with opening remarks.

Rep. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) is also expected to attend and lead a talk on child welfare and its connection to substance abuse and mental health issues. Other panel discussions include positive ways to help kids who have parents in prisons, helping older foster care children, and an in-depth look into the teams that help investigate child abuse deaths.

The three-day summit starts Wednesday at 1 p.m. and will end Friday at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.