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Children’s advocates head to Jefferson City

St. Francois County children will have a group of people representing them at the state capitol this year for Child Advocacy Day.

Members of the St. Francois County Community Partnership will be heading to Jefferson City Jan. 25 to participate in workshops and meet with legislators on issues that are important to the well-being of children.

The event is observed annually by thousands of people around Missouri.

The workshops are free and open to the public. They are being held in the Truman Office Building. Anyone interested in the well-being of children is encouraged to attend.

For more information, call 760-0212.

Workshop sessions include: Children’s Mental Health, Working with the Children of Offenders, Understanding and Impacting the State Budget, Advocacy 101, Funding K-12 in Missouri, Who is Educating Missouri’s Children?, Child Welfare: Where do we go now? and Shaking the Piggy Bank Funding Children’s Health.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with registration. A welcome and overview of the day will be at 9:30 a.m.

At 10:15 a.m., participants select their first workshop, which will last an hour. After that, lunch is on your own, then, at 12:15 p.m., participants select another hour-long workshop.

At 1:20 p.m., participants march to the Capitol for a 1:30 p.m. rally for children and families. Visits with representatives continue the rest of the afternoon, beginning at 2:15 p.m.

You should call your senator or representative in advance to make a 15-minute appointment for the day. To find your representative, visit www.state.mo.us.

Parking is available in the Madison Street Garage for a fee. Free parking is available on the west side of the Capitol.

The day is being put on by the Alliance for Children, Youth and Families.

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