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Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
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Child Focus Training Center 
4633-B Aicholtz Road
Cincinnati, OH 45244

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Shelley Drummond-Training Center Office Manager 
Child Focus, Inc. 

       Human Trafficking: What Caregivers Need to Know                        


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FEE: None

CEUs: None Offered for this Workshop


This training for caregivers will provide an overview of what human trafficking is, what human trafficking looks like in Ohio, and how to identify and serve at risk and trafficked children and youth. Traffickers often exploit the most vulnerable in our communities: children who have runaway, children who have a history of trauma, and children without strong support networks. Children who have been trafficked may experience complex trauma, emotional and behavioral challenges, and educational challenges and would benefit from supportive foster parents who understand the victimization they have experienced. This training will provide red flags to help caregivers potential indicators of trafficking as well as strategies to support trafficked children. Throughout the training, the trainer(s) will provide examples, case studies, and activities to help caregivers better understand the nuances of human trafficking. 


  • Understand the definition of human trafficking.
  • Understand federal and state laws related to human trafficking.
  • Identify characteristics that put children at risk for human trafficking
  • Understand impact of trafficking on survivors.
  • Understand strategies to engage with survivors.

Presenters: Bhumika Patel  joined PCSAO in March 2018 to serve as Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator. In this grant-funded role, she serves as a training and technical assistance resource for those working with trafficked children involved in child welfare and juvenile justice. Prior to joining PCSAO, Bhumika served as Regional Coalition Specialist in the Anti-Human Trafficking Program at The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati. At The Salvation Army, she facilitated training, awareness, and coalition-building activities in Southwest Ohio. Before joining The Salvation Army, Bhumika first learned about human trafficking as a Human Trafficking Education Specialist through the AmeriCorps Prevention and Awareness of Trafficking in Persons (PATH) grant program managed by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. Bhumika attained her Master of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati in 2014; she received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Agnes Scott College in 2012. 

Rebekkah O’Bryan earned her BS in Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2014 and will earn her MBA from Ohio Christian University in July 2019. Currently, Rebekkah serves as the Juvenile Justice Human Trafficking Liaison for Ohio Department of Youth Services, where she is responsible for overseeing all trafficking-related activities within the Department, designing and implementing trafficking-related policy, ensuring service provision for trafficked youth, updating procedures and materials involved in the screening process, and maintaining agency relationships with other key stakeholders. Prior to her work with Ohio Department of Youth Services, Rebekkah was employed as a bail investigator for United States Pretrial Services. Desiring to enter direct service provision for victims of crime, she later transitioned to Ohio Women’s Refuge, where she served as the Program Director. At OWR, Rebekkah was responsible for designing and implementing curriculum for adult survivors of human trafficking. Rebekkah then worked for Gracehaven, an agency that serves juveniles who have been trafficked or are at high risk of trafficking. Rebekkah began her tenure with Gracehaven as a community-based case manager and eventually became the Coordinator of Community Programming, overseeing case management and anti-trafficking education efforts. Additionally, Rebekkah worked as a screening caseworker for Franklin County Children Services, where she continues to maintain part-time employment. Rebekkah is passionate about using her experience in multiple systems to coordinate a statewide uniform response to juvenile victims of human trafficking so that Ohio’s trafficked children will no longer fall through the cracks of service.

Continuing Education-None Offered for this Workshop                                                                                                            


Cancellation Policy: The Training Center must be notified 7 days prior to a training via telephone, fax or email in order to cancel a registration and receive a full refund.

Please note:  Because we are not able to control the room temperature to fit everyone’s needs, we encourage you to dress in layers to better accommodate your personal comfort level.

Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is accessible to wheelchairs. If you need any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Melanie Palmer at

Presenter: Marsha Skaggs, MA, LPCC-S, has more than 30 years of experience providing case management, victim advocacy, individual, family and group therapy services with at risk children, youth, and adults in a variety of community settings.  She was also an approved trainer for abuse prevention programs and a parenting program.  In 1990, Marsha and her husband, Bryon, were the first foster family licensed by Child Focus’ foster care program.  Over the course of 21 years, they fostered 27 children and adopted their two sons.  Since 2013, they have traveled to India eight times to provide support and training for pastors, staff of a boys’ home, and staff of after-care agencies serving children, youth and young women who are survivors of human trafficking or who were at risk of exploitation.  In the spring of 2017, they traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal for an extended visit with The Apple of God’s Eyes (AOGE). AOGE is an International Non-Government Organization (INGO) working to rescue and provide safe after care homes for girls trapped in human trafficking as well as boys and girls who are impoverished and at risk of exploitation or becoming exploiters.  In the midst of their visit, leadership of AOGE, invited the Skaggs to join their team, with the focus being working with the boys.  In January, 2018, Bryon and Marsha moved to Kathmandu. They work with teens and young men, helping to support their education, the development of social and independent living skills, and exploring careers and employment.  They have become parents to four teen boys between the ages of 13 and 18 and are aunt/uncle or grandparent figures to many more youth.  Marsha provides some individual therapeutic services and ongoing training for house parents and AOGE staff.  Marsha continues working toward certification as a Registered Play Therapist.