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Make plans to attend the Second Annual Child Abuse Prevention Summit hosted by Missouri KidsFirst.  The event is scheduled from 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. August 20, 2009 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Columbia.  Registration is $30 per person. Jay Wood, MO KidsFirst Executive Director, encourages anyone engaged in child abuse prevention to participate.

"We want to provide an opportunity for child abuse prevention leaders at the community level to come together in a collaborative environment to discuss pressing issues regarding the safety and well being of children and families.  This dialogue began last year and there's much work to be done."

Last year the inaugural summit drew nearly 100 child advocates from around the state.  Registration information is available at Missouri KidsFirst or by calling (573)632-4600.  Individuals are asked to register by August 14.