ST. CHARLES, MO. - The Midwest Justice for Children Conference Wednesday had an attendance of about 200 professionals all collaborating with a common goal.
"This is just a great resource for us all to come together, put our heads together and really work on protecting our kids and their futures" said Mike Merkel of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. "The crimes that are being committed against our children these days impact them for the rest of their lives."
Professionals in attendance at the St. Charles Convention Center ranged from police officers to social workers and teachers.
Organizers at the Justice for Children Conference say more than 17 speakers traveled from around the world to train and educate young professionals to better serve abused children.
One of the organizers and participants, St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, said training like this is beneficial for everyone involved.
"They all have stories to share, they all have different experiences dealing with children who are victimized and bringing people together like this to share ideas and hear from experts in the field," Lohmar said. "It's only going to help us become more effective in protecting the kids".
The Midwest Justice for Children Conference will continue through Friday.