The Child Center, Inc. and the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will host the 13th annual Midwest Justice for Children Conference (MJCC) on September 12-15, 2017. Thanks, in part, to a generous grant from the Missouri Task Force on Children’s Justice the three-day conference offers an opportunity for local professionals to learn how to better serve victims of child sexual abuse.

The Midwest Justice for Children Conference began in an effort to provide quality training, at an affordable price, to other Child Advocacy Center staff, members of the Multi-Disciplinary Team including members of law enforcement, juvenile justice workers, mental health therapists, Children’s Division workers, Prosecuting Attorney’s, child and family advocacy workers, school counselors, forensic interviewers, and other professionals working in the field of human services. Each year the conference welcomes local, regional and national speakers who are experts in their field who provide topical and evidence-based training.

Physical or sexual abuse cases against children require specialized and complex training from professionals to help reduce anxiety and uncertainty of child victims. When talking about child sexual abuse the national numbers are shocking:

  • 20% of children will be sexually abused in some form before their eighth birthday.
  • 90% of child victims are abused by someone they like, love, or live with.
  • 60% of child victims will never tell anyone.

In an effort for continuing education related to child trauma, the MJCC will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton St. Louis hotel located at 16625 Swingley Ridge Rd in Chesterfield, Missouri. There is also a pre-conference session being offered on September 11, 2017. The cost for three-day registration is $250. CEU’s, CLE’s, and POST credits will be offered for purchase, pending approval.

The 2017 Midwest Justice for Children Conference is proudly sponsored by the St. Charles County Treatment Court, CenterPointe Hospital, Critter Cleaners Mobile Grooming Salon, Proactive Print Services, and the Eastern Missouri Police Academy.

To register or for additional information please visit or contact Linda Buschman at 636-332-0899 or

About The Child Center, Inc.
The Child Center, Inc. is committed to responding to child abuse through a supportive team approach to reduce trauma to children and their non-offending family members.