ERICSA 56th Annual Training Conference & Exposition
 
ERICSA 56th Annual Training Conference & Exhibition
Event Details
Sunday, May 19 - Thursday, May 23, 2019
The Conference and Event Center at Niagara Falls
101 Old Falls St.
Niagara Falls, New York, 14303
We hope to see you in Niagara Falls, New York!

The Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association (ERICSA) would like to extend an invitation for you to join us for our 56th Annual Training Conference & Exposition in historic and beautiful Niagara Falls, NY from Sunday, May 19th through Thursday, May 23rd

Horseshoe Falls . . . Wedding Veil Falls . . . Maid of the Mist . . . Cave of the Winds . . . America’s first State Park . . . and . . . ERICSA’s 2019 Annual Conference. This spring, ERICSA heads to the Northlands of New York and will be convening right on the U.S. – Canadian border. It promises to be a conference as spectacular as the natural beauty of the Falls themselves. 

The Program Planning Committee has developed an outstanding agenda that provides something for everyone!  We have three exciting plenaries including a new take on our famous ERICSA Team Wars after the business breakfast and forty-five workshops! A large number of the workshops provide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.

The plenaries and workshops touch on a variety of relevant topics including, but not limited to, interjurisdictional processes, legal ethics for child support professionals, safeguarding of information, mentoring child support leaders for the future, and technological advances in the profession.

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) will be represented through a number of workshops and Commissioner Scott Lekan will be sharing the OCSE mission and his priorities for the future.

In addition, we are very excited to announce the first ever ERICSA Interjurisdictional Fair (IJ Fair)! The first IJ Fair was conducted in San Diego, California in 2005 at the WICSEC Conference. The fair is created to provide an opportunity for representatives to share contact and content information about their agencies, and network with other Ambassadors and participants. It’s a time to discuss policies, share ideas and most importantly, make connections. The IJ Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd in the Exhibit Hall from 3:30-5:00 p.m. The Ambassadors who attend will be available to provide information about their program and informally discuss program-specific interjurisdictional issues, policies and procedures with conference attendees.

This year, the On-Site Coordinating Committee has planned several events for our attendees to relax, enjoy themselves, and network with fellow professionals and colleagues. On Sunday night, join us at the Hard Rock Café, Niagara Falls (New York) to honor our President, Tom Horan, at the annual President’s Reception.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we will have our usual breaks and time to visit in the Exhibit Hall. On Monday Night, join us in the exhibit hall for our Taste of Niagara Falls networking reception. Get to know your fellow ERICSA members as we share locally produced beverages and snacks. On Wednesday night, we change from our traditional banquet format to the first ERICSA Block Party. Besides food, drink, and music for dancing in the streets (do we hear a song there?) there will be a photo booth, and for the first time, a dunking booth, where you can try to dunk a Board Member for charity. We will also be selling T-shirts to raise funds for our two memorial funds, the Gordon Mosely Rising Star Scholarship Fund and the Gordon Bailey Speakers Fund.

For those of you who have never attended an ERICSA conference, we encourage you to consider joining us in Niagara Falls. We promise that not only will you learn from the informative plenaries and the many varied topical workshops presented by some of the most informed and experienced child support professionals in the field, but also from the large number of experienced attendees who are willing to share their ideas and practices from their own jurisdictions.

For those of you who have attended in the past, we encourage you to visit the conference again! As you know, it is a wonderful opportunity to share your ideas with, and to learn from, your colleagues in the child support profession.

The members of the ERICSA Board of Directors look forward to meeting all of the attendees to discuss ERICSA activities in furtherance of our profession and to provide information to those interested in taking a more active role in their profession and ERICSA.

The conference site is the Conference and Event Center at Niagara Falls, located across the street from the conference hotel – Sheraton Niagara Falls. The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is nearby, and the world-famous Niagara Falls is just blocks away. For those so inclined, bring your passport so you can travel by foot or vehicle to the Canadian Falls via the Peace Bridge. You will also be close to shopping, exciting activities such as boat rides to the Falls and guided walks behind the Falls, as well as many restaurants and bars where you can relax and enjoy leisure time after an exciting day of learning. Check out the hotel’s website for amenities and things to do in the area.

Make your plans to get the Early Bird rate, which ends on March 8, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you in Niagara Falls, NY in May 2019.

 

Patrick W. Quinn, Esquire
ERICSA President-Elect and Program Planning Committee Chair

Honorable Nick Palos
Vice President – On-Site Conference Committee