To quote an unknown source, "Thinking of a child as behaving badly disposes you to think of punishment. Thinking of a child as struggling to handle something difficult encourages you to help them through their distress". Participation in this conference speaks to your commitment to serve the vulnerable in our communities who experience abuse and violence and we hope you will gain valuable knowledge that will assist you in your daily efforts to promote the well-being of all children.
On behalf of the many volunteers of the West Virginia Center for Children's Justice Task Force, Director Andrea Darr and our West Virginia sponsoring agencies and partners, I am confident you will leave this conference equipped with new ideas and strategies. The staff has assembled an outstanding group of speakers and breakout leaders who bring great expertise in the most successful strategies for battling crimes against children. Coupled with opportunities to network with colleagues who work in the same trenches, we trust you will leave with enhanced commitment to face daily challenges of this important work.
You are to be applauded for all you do to serve and protect our children and bring justice to those who harm them and for that, we are most appreciative.
Judge James Rowe
Senior Status Judge
Who Should Attend?
Law Enforcement, Child Protection Workers, Prosecutors, Medical Professionals, Mental Health Professionals, Treatment Providers, Courts, Probation / Parole Corrections, Victim Advocates, Drug Court Personnel, Day Report, Teachers, CASAs, Youth Workers, Paramedics, EMTs, Social Workers, Foster Parents, and the Faith Community.