NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Over 700 child abuse professionals gathered in Music City this week to shed a light on child abuse.
Monday marked the ninth annual Connecting for Children's Justice Conference held by the Tennessee Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers (TNCAC). The conference was held to provide professionals a chance to receive training, support and leadership opportunities.
"I have over 30 years in this field, and it's very -- there are still times where I wanna go sit in my car and cry. But when you see that child who turns around, and the resilience that child has, you know you've got to do everything you can to get these resources in place so those kids can, again, not have to suffer for the things that weren't their fault," said Kathryn O'Day, DCS Commissioner.
In 2012 a report revealed 31 children that DCS investigated died during the first half of the year. There are currently about 8,000 children in state custody in Tennessee.
First Lady of Tennessee Crissy Haslam also spoke at the event.