Richards said the downstate conference is one of the best ways for child advocacy representatives to receive advice and training that is useful.
"We need quality training in the local area that is inexpensive as we can make it. This conference is as good as any training that you would receive in another state, and participants can choose a track where they can come for just one day," Richards said, adding that credits are offered for social workers and attorneys to keep their credentials updated.
Several interesting topics and speakers have been selected for the conference.
"We try to bring in speakers that are on a track system — mental health, law enforcement and advocacy — where the speakers come to speak in their areas of discipline. We try to hit all the disciplines so everyone has something they are interested in for the duration of the day," Richards said. "We're definitely excited about it, and hope we have some networking going on that will benefit everyone."
For more information about the Downstate Conference you may call The Amy Center at (618) 244-2100.