Patty Wetterling

Patty Wetterling

The chairman of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will deliver the keynote address at the Family Violence Intervention Project's 17th annual "Safe at Home" conference Oct. 22.

The Center's Patty Wetterling is a child welfare advocate whose 11-year-old son was abducted by a masked gunman in 1989. He's still missing today.

Wetterling's conference address is titled, "There's a Dream That We Dream How the World Should Be." It's aimed at helping law enforcement, child welfare, mental health and victim advocacy professionals better respond to cases of child exploitation. She'll also conduct a workshop to share investigative tools and ideas she learned from the search for her son Jacob and from working with other families.

“Safe at Home: Seeking Solutions for Adult and Child Victims of Family Violence” is a daylong conference featuring national experts on domestic violence, child trafficking, trauma-informed care and medical-legal investigation.

Safety trainer David Mandel will address child abuse and domestic violence interventions and Madeline Hannon of ChildRight: NY/International Organization for Adolescents will focus on child trafficking including its relationship to domestic violence. Local experts include Lisa Baehre, Niagara County assistant district attorney, and Molly Maigret, a registered nurse who specializes in treatment of sexual assault victims. A complete list of faculty members and workshops is available at

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St. Registration is open through Thursday, Oct. 15. For more information or to register, visit

The conference is sponsored by Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s Child Advocacy Center of Niagara. Co-sponsors include the Buffalo Bills, Niagara County Department of Social Services, Niagara County Department of Mental Health and Catholic Charities of Buffalo, Inc. Niagara County Services.

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