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posted: 9/10/2012 2:48 PM

'Gang Awareness for Social Service Providers' offered Oct. 12

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Submitted by Shelter Inc.

Shelter Inc. will host a three-hour seminar, "Gang Awareness Training for Social Service Providers," on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, to further the awareness and understanding of gangs in the Northwest suburbs.

The seminar is free and three continuing education credits will be given at no charge to licensed social workers and counselors in attendance. Seating is limited and the registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 8.

The seminar speaker is Detective William Kirby of the Arlington Heights Police Department. Kirby is an experienced criminal investigator assigned to the department's Criminal Investigation Bureau. Prior to joining Arlington Heights, he worked for 10 years with the Chicago Police Department as a gang tactical officer and investigator specialist.

To register, or to get more information on Shelter Inc.'s programs and services, visit or call the Community Education coordinator at (847) 590-6190, ext. 37.

Shelter Inc. is a nonprofit child welfare agency that protects abused and neglected children and adolescents by providing foster care, emergency and longer-term group home services in a safe and caring environment.

The Healthy Families Program provides home visits to first-time parents emphasizing children's well-being and positive parenting. Increased public awareness concerning child abuse, neglect and other social problems directly impacting children and their families is accomplished through its Community Education Program. Shelter's programs are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.