In the late 80s and early 90s, Woodfin Gregg began attending out-of-town, continuing education events focused on the prevention of child abuse.  He noticed that no one else from his area was in attendance and started thinking about having a training back home in Hamilton.  After he attended an excellent training about a treatment program for sex offenders, he asked the trainer, Dr. John Lancaster, if he and his group would come to Hamilton to do this training.  Dr. Lancaster's Breaking the Cycle of Abuse seminar was intended to be a one-time event but the community response was so positive that another conference was planned for the next year and became an annual event.  It is the only locally-organized, multi-disciplinary annual conference on child abuse prevention in the entire state of Alabama.

There is no they in the effort to prevent child abuse and neglect.  We will only stop child abuse when a critical number of members of each community have accepted their individual presonsibility for doing their part to stop child abuse.  It is not enough to simply be opposed to child abuse.  Each person opposed to child abuse has a role in stopping child abuse.  To equip such persons with the necessary knowledge and skills, BTCOA provides an annual 6-hour conference as well as auxillary training events.



Communities of faith represent one of the non-governmental groups with the greatest potential to prevent child abuse.  Each year, the conference publicity campaign has reached out to local churches with an invitation to send one or more persons involved in ministries to children, youth, and families.  Each conference has included resources and training to assist communities of faith in providing ministries that strengthen families and thereby prevent child abuse.


Internet Safety Training (lecture/PowerPoint) was provided at the 2009 Marion County Schools Fall In-Service

Internet Safety Training (hands-on, computer lab) was provided, April 5, 2012, for the Marion County Schools principals and guidance counselors. (One principal said this was the best in-service training he had ever attended.)

Six hours of Ethics Training for service professionals was provided in two parts, October 2010 and April 2011, to meet licensure requirements.  The training was again provided October 5, 2012 and April 5, 2013.


The National Childrens Advocacy Center awarded Woodfin Gregg (as coordinator of the conference) with the 2012 Outstanding Service Award in the Prevention category in recognition of his work on this conference.