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April 20, 2001

California Families Focus of Conference

Federal, state and local views on how government can help working families will be aired at a family policy forum at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at California State University, Sacramento.

The panel discussion, which is scheduled to include State Sen. Deborah Ortiz, is part of "Family Resiliency in California," the second annual conference of the California Council on Family Relations, Thursday and Friday April 27 - 28 in the University Union. The conference will also feature sessions on adolescent, adult and caregiver depression, cultural perspectives on family, and child custody injustices as well as presentations by authors Greg Sarris and Harriette McAdoo and documentary producer Satsuki Ina.

Highlights include:

Friday, April 27

• Symposium, "Issues in Depression Across the Lifespan," 12:45 p.m., Orchard Suite.

• Lecture, "Writing Family: A Multicultural Perspective, Maps for the Future," Greg Sarris, author of Watermelon Nights and chief of the Coast Miwok Nation, 10:45 a.m., Union Redwood Room.

• Symposium, "A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Fight Child Custody Injustices," 2 p.m., Orchard Suite.

• "Cultural Factors in Surviving Oppression: The Japanese Internment Experience," Satsuki Ina, CSUS professor and producer of Children of the Camps, 3:45 p.m., Union Redwood Room.

Saturday, April 28

• Forum, "What Can Government Do to Help Working Families?" Deborah Ortiz, state senator, Ameen Khan, field representative for Rep. Robert Matsui, and Penelope Clarke, Sacramento County Public Protection and Human Assistance Agency, 10 a.m., Union Redwood Room.

• "Ethnic Diversity: Growing Our California Dream," Harriette Pipes McAdoo, author and researcher, 1:30 p.m., Union Redwood Room.

For more information, contact Walter Kawamoto at (916) 278-5539. For media information, contact the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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