Attendees will walk away with tips and suggestions on best practices in keeping their children safe in real and virtual world scenarios. Attendees will also learn statistics regarding the realities of child abuse in Dallas County and receive information on what the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center is doing to combat this issue.
Ray Lara is an Education Specialist at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center (DCAC.) In 2005 Ray began his career in child protection working for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Ray then transitioned to the DCAC where he worked as a Bilingual Forensic Interviewer and Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator. With over 10 years of professional experience, Ray has interviewed over one-thousand children and continues to provide expert witness testimony in both civil and criminal cases. Now, as an Education Specialist, Ray serves as a liaison for child-serving organizations at it relates to mandated reporter training, child protection policies and child abuse awareness training for staff, volunteers, community members and children.
Ray earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of North Texas. He has also completed formal training on Forensic Interviewing through the Child Advocacy Centers of Texas in Austin.