National CASA/GAL Conference

March 10 - 13, 2018 • Boston, MA
Because the work our volunteers do is complex, we host an annual conference for the entire network to get inspired, learn from industry-leading speakers and share best practices. In March 2018, the conference will take place in Boston and more than 1,200 CASA/GAL staff and board members, volunteers, and child welfare experts will gather to improve our advocacy on behalf of America’s most vulnerable children. Last year’s conference was our most successful to date and featured speakers such as bestselling author J.D. Vance, HLN’s Michaela Pereira, and the founder of the first CASA program, Judge David Soukup. Planning for the 2018 conference is underway, and the schedule will be updated to reflect exciting developments to our speaker and workshop lineup. This year hear conference speakers from the following organizations, with many more in the works: Human Rights Campaign’s All Children All Families Harvard University Center on the Developing Child Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston The Justice Resource Institute’s My Life My Choice program America’s Promise Brookline, MA School District Special Education Department Women’s Refugee Commission American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law Casey Family Programs The annual conference is a special time for our movement because it brings all the people and partners together who are essential to realizing our collective mission of serving every single child in the foster care and dependency court systems. We hope you will join us in Boston! Also, don't miss the chance to nominate programs and colleagues for the Awards of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence is the highlight of the annual National CASA/GAL conference. It embodies who we are as a network, and it demonstrates our mission through the power of storytelling. Help us highlight your program’s achievements, people, and partners by submitting nominations for our six awards. Winning programs will receive a financial award, a consultation with National CASA staff on how to promote the program and/or individual’s work in your media market, and a free trip to the conference in Boston for the award recipient. Award details and nomination forms are located on the National CASA website under the News and Events section. *Schedule subject to change
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Schedule

  • 09 March
  • 10 March
  • 11 March
  • 12 March
  • 13 March

Training of Facilitators for 2017 Pre-Service Volunteer Curriculum

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

Training for Flex Learning Facilitators

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

New State Director Training

09:00 AM 01:30 PM

New State Director & Developing State Director Meeting

01:30 PM 05:00 PM

Training of Facilitators for 2017 Pre-Service Volunteer Curriculum

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

Training for Flex Learning Facilitators

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

New Local Program Director Training (By Invitation)

08:30 AM 02:30 PM

State Director Meeting

08:30 AM 02:30 PM

Council & Committee Meetings (By Invitation)

08:30 AM 12:00 PM

Highly Effective State Organization Workshop

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

Highly Effective Local Program Workshop

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

Opening Welcome Reception

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Morning Yoga Flow

05:45 AM 06:45 AM

Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Sunday Opening Keynote

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Emmett D.  Carson, Ph.D.

Grant Writing for Success Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Storytelling for Small Organizations Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Information Gathering: The Best Interviewer - Asking Powerful Questions

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Retaining and Supporting Volunteer Advocates: Managing Program Growth Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Prep for Success: Being the Foundation for Successful Facilitation Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Board Source Workshop (By Invitation Only)

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Superhero Run 201 Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Pitching Stories that Stick Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Collaborating Success: Bringing the Community Together to Serve One Child Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Advancing Race Equity Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

The Complementary roles of CASA/GAL Volunteers and Children’s Counsel Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Learning Impacts: Measuring Successful Training Outcomes Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

State Governance Workshop (By Invitation Only)

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Lunch on Your Own

11:35 AM 01:20 PM

Plenary Speaker

01:20 PM 02:20 PM

Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Social Media Strategies: Maximizing Social Media Presence Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

My Family, Your Family, Our Family: How Culture Impacts Families, Parenting, and Education Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Children Need Amazing Parents: Treating Foster Parents like True Partners Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Dual Involved Youth Breaking the Cycle of the Criminal Justice System Pipeline Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

The Advocate in the Room: Creating a Safe Space for Everyone to Speak and Learn Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

State Governance (By Invitation Only)

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Engaging Corporate Funders and Partners Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

From Crisis to Opportunity Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Weathering the Storm: Self Care to Those Who Care Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Making “Unadoptable” Unacceptable: Sharing an Evidence-Based Child-Focused Program and its Applications for Advocates Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Immigration Issues Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Forget About It!: Increasing Knowledge Transfer when the Training has Ended Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

State Governance (By Invitation Only)

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Celebratory Awards of Excellence Dinner & Program

06:00 PM 08:00 PM

Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

General Session

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Rodney Bullard

Human Rights Commission Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Human Trafficking Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Improving Outcomes for Children of Detained or Deported Parents Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Children of Addicted Parents Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

EQ: How to Bring Your Best Self to the Movement Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

LGBTQ Youth: All Children - All Families: Engaging Cultural Competency Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Human Trafficking Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Assessing and Informing the Process Toward Academic Success Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Children of Addicted Parents: The Impact of Addiction on Families and Recommended Treatment and Forensic Intervention Options Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

4 C's of Leadership Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Lunch on Your Own

11:35 AM 01:20 PM

General Session - Acute Childhood Trauma

01:20 PM 02:20 PM

Dr. Melanie Berry

Building Resilience in Transitioning Youth Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Advocating for Dual Jacketed/Crossover Youth Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Child Brain Development: What "normalizing" activities for children can do to address healing Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Successful School Advocacy: Accessing Special Needs Education Resources Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Developing a Model of Trust

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Resilience Movie Followed by Expert Panel

04:00 PM 05:30 PM

Energy Leadership

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

Closing General Session

08:15 AM 09:15 AM

Networking Circles: Urban Programs

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Circles: Suburban Programs

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Circles: Tribal Programs

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Circles: Rural Programs

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Circles: Volunteer Advocates

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Circles: Trainers

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Sponsors

Exhibitors

Speakers

Info Desk

Conference Costs

Rodney Bullard

Vice President of Community Affairs for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation
Rodney D. Bullard is the Vice President of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A foundation. He leads the company’s corporate community and philanthropic strategy, which is focused on fostering youth and furthering their educational opportunities. He has been proud to serve in previous roles with the US Air Force, NASA, and the US Department of Justice. A worldwide speaker, Rodney is an alumnus of the Air Force Academy, Duke Law, University of Georgia, and Harvard Business School. His first book, Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out, is available wherever books are sold. Rodney and his wife, Silvette, have one son and make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out

12 March

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.

Founding CEO
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D. is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. An international thought leader in the field of philanthropy, in 2006 he led the unprecedented merger of two community foundations, creating SVCF. With a growth in assets from $1.4 billion to over $8.2 billion, SVCF is the nation’s largest community foundation. SVCF’s 2,000 family and corporate donor funds support a wide range of causes in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Before this, Emmett had a distinguished 12-year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation and, prior to that oversaw the Ford Foundation’s U.S. and global grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Emmett has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice,
public accountability and African American giving. He is consistently recognized as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and has honorary degrees from Indiana University, Morehouse College
Becker College and The National Hispanic University. Emmett received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.            

11 March

Dr. Melanie Berry

Director of Innovation Strategies
Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University
As Director of Innovation Strategies, Melanie Berry provides strategic leadership around the incubation of promising new programs as part of the Center’s innovation pipeline. Melanie is part of the team that developed Frontiers of Innovation’s model for program development and evaluation, the IDEAS Impact Framework. She is also clinical scientist with the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention Laboratory at the University of Oregon. Melanie obtained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and has extensive experience serving children and families.

12 March

Frequently Asked Questions

2018 National CASA FAQs.pdf Download Link
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Pricing

General Attendee $575.00
Discounted Price if Registered By:
$450  Jan. 12, 2018
$550  Feb. 27, 2018

Active CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocate $525
Discounted Price if Registered By:
$400  Jan. 12, 2018
$475  Feb. 27, 2018

Youth/Student Rate $350
Discounted Price if Registered By:
$300  Jan. 12, 2018

One Day $300
Discounted Price if Registered By:
$250  Jan. 12, 2018

CEU/CLE Credits $20.00

Hotel: nightly rate is $235 per room
Find link in your confirmation email

Refund Policy

Cancellations will be allowed up until February 27, 2018, less $50 cancellation fee per registration.

Symantec

Contributing Sponsor
Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security company, allows organizations, governments, and people to secure their most important data wherever it lives. Enterprises across the world rely on Symantec for integrated cyber defense against sophisticated attacks across endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud.

More than 50 million people and families rely on Symantec’s Norton and LifeLock Digital Safety Platform to help protect their personal information, devices, home networks, and identities at home and across their devices.

https://www.symantec.com/ 

The Franklin and Anna Rolapp Trust

Contributing Sponsor
“Supporting key initiatives that improve the outcomes of youth in foster care, especially those in the LGBTQ Community.”

Sponsorships

Supporting Sponsor

Sponsor Opportunities Available

If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the National CASA/GAL Conference and reaching thousands of best-interests advocate around the country, please email us at conference@casaforchildren.org

TechSoup

TechSoup equips changemakers with transformative technology solutions and skills they need to improve lives globally and locally.

US$9 billion in technology tools and philanthropic services delivered
19 million technology products distributed
100+ TechSoup donor partners
371,000 organizations have received product donations
236 countries and territories served around the world

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

Gesture

When Jim founded Gesture in 2011, he aspired to develop a product that engaged donors and facilitated action. He knew that mobile technology could help charities maximize their fundraising efforts. However, he believed to truly make a difference, such technology had to be coupled with an infectious, can-do spirit.

The key to Gesture’s success has been its passionate team, which works shoulder-to-shoulder every day with individuals who devote their lives to helping others.

When you partner with Gesture, you gain access to so much more than innovative products; you receive a designated team of experts who care about your cause. We understand that even the smallest gesture can have a huge impact.

Optima

We've been creating software for more than 25 years and know a thing or two about what it takes to do software right. We also know CASA very well because we lived it! Optima is software designed and tailored completely for the CASA life -- for your life. We'd like to think of ourselves as the "triple threat". We know software. We know CASA. We truly listen and treat our customers right. Oh, and what we didn't mention is our prices are lower than the competition.

Firespring

Nearly 20 years ago, we started offering integrated marketing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the country. But, it didn’t take long for our founder and CEO, Jay Wilkinson, to recognize that nonprofits could benefit greatly from our services. Having been active in the nonprofit community for most of his life, Jay made a steadfast commitment to help nonprofit organizations reach their goals.

Now, with over 200 employees, Firespring provides nonprofits with beautifully functionalwebsites and all the tools they need to thrive, from donation processing to social media. Each person who works at Firespring is fully dedicated not just to his or her job, but also to making the world a better place. 

We’re proud to say that we’re the first Certified B Corp in the state of Nebraska. We contribute significant amounts of our time, money and technology to advance important causes through personal service in our community, investments in educational programs and grants for nonprofits and the development of powerful tools that allow organizations to increase efficiency, raise more funds and build support. As a B Corp, we leverage our people, products and profit as a force for good.

Loyola University

We are Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic University- a diverse community seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith. We are guided by a simple promise: to prepare people to lead extraordinary lives.

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group

The Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group demonstrates the power of nonprofits working together. Safeguarding your mission and protecting the nonprofit sector is why we exist.

For nearly 30 years, the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group has been growing quietly within the nonprofit sector, helping nonprofits make efficient use of their insurance dollars and reducing accidents and injury.
By keeping nonprofit funds in our sector and working together to lower our risks, money is redirected into services in our communities that otherwise would end up as executive bonuses and shareholder profits.

The Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group exists only to serve the charitable nonprofit community. Savings are passed on to our member nonprofits through fair and stable pricing, free and highly discounted loss control services and, when results are better than expected, through the payment of generous dividends. We now set the standard for coverage's and services for the nonprofit sector in the insurance marketplace.

CasaManager

CasaManager is staffed by people from CASA agencies with a long standing background in working with organizations that work with the children.

CasaManager™ Case Management software was conceived and developed by a team that has been designing databases for a wide variety of uses on both Windows and Macintosh platforms since 1989. Our long-standing experience with non-profit agencies and razor-sharp focus on CASA enable us to deliver a product that customers love.

We have been enthusiastic advocates for the non-profit sector for more than 20 years. Ensuring that CasaManager meets the evolving requirements of our customers and makes best use of modern technology, helps us to continue to exceed customer expectations for the varied organizations we serve.

Eleo

All nonprofits share a common dream: to make the world a better place. They also share a common reality: they rely on donors and funding to keep working toward their goals.

That’s where Eleo comes in. The people behind Eleo believe that every nonprofit—no matter its size—should have access to affordable, comprehensive online donor management software to support its crucial fundraising and donor cultivation tasks. So that’s exactly what we’ve developed.

Eleo is a product of Community Software Solutions, Inc. (CSS), a company whose specialized software has supported the social programs of numerous nonprofits and government organizations since 1991. Eleo grew out of CSS founder and CEO Mark Grossman’s commitment to supporting the vital role nonprofits play in our society. Mark realized that the company’s data management and tracking technologies could be applied to provide nonprofits large and small with useful, niche-specific, user-friendly tools to help them make the most of their donor cultivation and fundraising efforts.

Support for philanthropic work is at the heart of Eleo’s mission: our name takes its inspiration from the Greek goddess Eleos, the personification of charity and compassion (the English word eleemosynary, meaning “pertaining to charity,” stems from similar Greek roots). Our staff members are deeply engaged in charity work—both as active volunteers and as donors and supporters—and we believe in the power of nonprofits to bring about positive change.

Your organization has important work to accomplish. We want to help you make a bigger difference in the world by giving you access to software specifically designed to increase your donor cultivation and fundraising results, so you can spend your time and energy where it matters most.

More Than Words

More Than Words empowers youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

MTW believes that when system-involved youth are challenged with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting, and are given high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address personal barriers to success, create concrete action plans for their lives, and become contributing members of society.

Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Training of Facilitators for 2017 Pre-Service Volunteer Curriculum

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

Audience: New facilitators who have not delivered the 2017 Pre-Service Volunteer Training curriculum. Experienced facilitators who have not yet transitioned to the 2017 Pre-Service Volunteer curriculum.
this 2-day workshop is on Friday March 9 & 10.

  • This workshop is for those who may have missed a recent Training of Facilitator workshop in their state, or who may be new to their facilitator role. The workshop will be taught be members of the Curriculum Development Committee, who are master facilitators with deep knowledge with the new curriculum content and methodology. 
  • There is no extra charge for attending this 2 day workshop. We do require attendance for the full session. We are limiting attendance to 30. Please contact the conference team conference@casaforchildren.org to receive a registration code. 
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Training for Flex Learning Facilitators

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

Flex Learning is undergoing an update and it will be showcased to facilitators at the 2018 National Conference.

If your program plans to add Flex Learning in 2018, you will have a rare opportunity to learn Flex facilitation from experienced Flex facilitators on March 9 and 10. In this 2 day workshop you will gain hands-on experience with how to manage Flex learning and how to maximize the volunteer training experience.

There is no extra charge for attending this 2 day workshop. We do require attendance for the full session. We are limiting attendance to 30. Please contact the conference team conference@casaforchildren.org to receive a registration code.
State Leadership

New State Director Training

09:00 AM 01:30 PM

CASA’s functions and increases their awareness of available resources. The presenters offer information on a variety of topics; National CASA Partnership with State Organizations, program management and leadership development. This is an opportunity to learn and network with new colleagues nationwide.
State Leadership

New State Director & Developing State Director Meeting

01:30 PM 05:00 PM

Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Training of Facilitators for 2017 Pre-Service Volunteer Curriculum

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

Audience: New facilitators who have not delivered the 2017 Pre-Service Volunteer Training curriculum. Experienced facilitators who have not yet transitioned to the 2017 Pre-Service Volunteer curriculum.
this 2-day workshop is on Friday March 9 & 10.

  • This workshop is for those who may have missed a recent Training of Facilitator workshop in their state, or who may be new to their facilitator role. The workshop will be taught be members of the Curriculum Development Committee, who are master facilitators with deep knowledge with the new curriculum content and methodology. 
  • There is no extra charge for attending this 2 day workshop. We do require attendance for the full session. We are limiting attendance to 30. Please contact the conference team conference@casaforchildren.org to receive a registration code. 
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Training for Flex Learning Facilitators

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

Flex Learning is undergoing an update and it will be showcased to facilitators at the 2018 National Conference.

If your program plans to add Flex Learning in 2018, you will have a rare opportunity to learn Flex facilitation from experienced Flex facilitators on March 9 and 10. In this 2 day workshop you will gain hands-on experience with how to manage Flex learning and how to maximize the volunteer training experience.

There is no extra charge for attending this 2 day workshop. We do require attendance for the full session. We are limiting attendance to 30. Please contact the conference team conference@casaforchildren.org to receive a registration code.
Local Program Leadership

New Local Program Director Training (By Invitation)

08:30 AM 02:30 PM

This training is designed for local CASA/GAL program directors in their positions for six months or less, this orientation introduces participants to National CASA’s functions and increases their awareness of available resources. The presenters offer information on a variety of topics; program and volunteer management, resource and board development, Board relations, and community engagement. This is an opportunity to learn and network with new colleagues nationwide.
State Leadership

State Director Meeting

08:30 AM 02:30 PM

Council & Committee Meetings (By Invitation)

08:30 AM 12:00 PM

We have scheduled some time for all councils and committees to meet and have those discussions in person to take the team to the next level. 
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Highly Effective State Organization Workshop

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

The State Leadership Council and the CASA/GAL network have been working on and engaged in defining a highly effective state organization. This workshop will help state directors understand the components of a highly effective state organization and how to create the roadmap to get you there.
Goverance/Board Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Highly Effective Local Program Workshop

03:00 PM 05:00 PM

The Local Program Leadership Councils and the CASA/GAL network have been working on and engaged in defining a highly effective local program. This workshop will help local program directors understand the components of a highly effective local program and how to create the road-map to get you there.

Opening Welcome Reception

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Morning Yoga Flow

05:45 AM 06:45 AM

Morning Yoga will be a “flow” class for all levels ranging from beginner to advanced. Experiencing a practice most closely aligned with Ashtanga or Hatha, participants will move through a series (vinyasas) of postures (asanas) designed to build strength and flexibility, while increasing breathing practices and calming the mind.

Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

General Session

Sunday Opening Keynote

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D. is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. An international thought leader in the field of philanthropy, in 2006 he led the unprecedented merger of two community foundations, creating SVCF. With a growth in assets from $1.4 billion to over $8.2 billion, SVCF is the nation’s largest community foundation. SVCF’s 2,000 family and corporate donor funds support a wide range of causes in the Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.
Before this, Emmett had a distinguished 12-year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation and, prior to that oversaw the Ford Foundation’s U.S. and global grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Emmett has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice, public accountability and African American giving. He is consistently recognized as one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the U.S. and has honorary degrees from Indiana University, Morehouse College Becker College and The National Hispanic University. Emmett received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his bachelor’s degree in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from Morehouse College.

Speakers

Fundraising/Resource Development

Grant Writing for Success Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Marketing/Communications

Storytelling for Small Organizations Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy

Information Gathering: The Best Interviewer - Asking Powerful Questions

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Volunteer Supervison Support

Retaining and Supporting Volunteer Advocates: Managing Program Growth Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Legal & Judicial Leadership

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Prep for Success: Being the Foundation for Successful Facilitation Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Board Governance Inititative
State Leadership

Board Source Workshop (By Invitation Only)

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Fundraising/Resource Development

Superhero Run 201 Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Marketing/Communications

Pitching Stories that Stick Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy

Collaborating Success: Bringing the Community Together to Serve One Child Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Volunteer Supervison Support

Advancing Race Equity Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Legal & Judicial Leadership

The Complementary roles of CASA/GAL Volunteers and Children’s Counsel Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Learning Impacts: Measuring Successful Training Outcomes Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Board Governance Inititative
State Leadership

State Governance Workshop (By Invitation Only)

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Lunch on Your Own

11:35 AM 01:20 PM

Networking lunch to allow conference goers the opportunity to have an extended break with colleagues and explore the variety of dining venues that are in close proximity to the hotel.

Plenary Speaker

01:20 PM 02:20 PM

Fundraising/Resource Development

Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Marketing/Communications

Social Media Strategies: Maximizing Social Media Presence Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy

My Family, Your Family, Our Family: How Culture Impacts Families, Parenting, and Education Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Volunteer Supervison Support

Children Need Amazing Parents: Treating Foster Parents like True Partners Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Legal & Judicial Leadership

Dual Involved Youth Breaking the Cycle of the Criminal Justice System Pipeline Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Volunteer Training & Facilitation

The Advocate in the Room: Creating a Safe Space for Everyone to Speak and Learn Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Board Governance Inititative
State Leadership

State Governance (By Invitation Only)

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Fundraising/Resource Development

Engaging Corporate Funders and Partners Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Marketing/Communications

From Crisis to Opportunity Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy

Weathering the Storm: Self Care to Those Who Care Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Volunteer Supervison Support

Making “Unadoptable” Unacceptable: Sharing an Evidence-Based Child-Focused Program and its Applications for Advocates Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Legal & Judicial Leadership

Immigration Issues Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Forget About It!: Increasing Knowledge Transfer when the Training has Ended Workshop

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Board Governance Inititative
State Leadership

State Governance (By Invitation Only)

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

General Session

Celebratory Awards of Excellence Dinner & Program

06:00 PM 08:00 PM

New this year is the Awards of Excellence dinner and program. This event is covered in the cost of registration and extra dinner tickets will be available for purchase later in the registration process. (Cocktail Attire)

Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

General Session

General Session

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Rodney D. Bullard is the Vice President of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A foundation. He leads the company’s corporate community and philanthropic strategy, which is focused on fostering youth and furthering their educational opportunities. He has been proud to serve in previous roles with the US Air Force, NASA, and the US Department of Justice. A worldwide speaker, Rodney is an alumnus of the Air Force Academy, Duke Law, University of Georgia, and Harvard Business School. His first book, Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out, is available wherever books are sold. Rodney and his wife, Silvette, have one son and make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Human Rights Commission Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Human Trafficking Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Fighting Exploitation
Speaker: Justice Resource Institute
My Life, My Choice
CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Improving Outcomes for Children of Detained or Deported Parents Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Judicial District Indigent Defender's Office, ABA Center on Children and the Law, Women's Refuge Committee, Casey Family Programs
CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Children of Addicted Parents Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

The Impact of Addiction on Families and Recommended Treatment and Forensic Intervention Options

Speaker: Mathew Lahaie, JD/MD Harvard Medical School
Goverance/Board Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership

EQ: How to Bring Your Best Self to the Movement Workshop

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

LGBTQ Youth: All Children - All Families: Engaging Cultural Competency Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Speaker: Ellen Kahn
CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: Human Trafficking Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Fighting Exploitation
Speaker: Justice Resource Institute
My Life, My Choice
CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Assessing and Informing the Process Toward Academic Success Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Speaker: Jon Zaff, ED of America's Promise
CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Children of Addicted Parents: The Impact of Addiction on Families and Recommended Treatment and Forensic Intervention Options Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

The Impact of Addiction on Families and Recommended Treatment and Forensic Intervention Options

Speaker: Mathew Lahale, JD/MD Harvard Medical School
Goverance/Board Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership

4 C's of Leadership Workshop

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Lunch on Your Own

11:35 AM 01:20 PM

Networking lunch to allow conference goers the opportunity to have an extended break with colleagues and explore the variety of dining venues that are in close proximity to the hotel.
General Session

General Session - Acute Childhood Trauma

01:20 PM 02:20 PM

Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University
As Director of Innovation Strategies, Melanie Berry provides strategic leadership around the incubation of promising new programs as part of the Center’s innovation pipeline. Melanie is part of the team that developed Frontiers of Innovation’s model for program development and evaluation, the IDEAS Impact Framework. She is also clinical scientist with the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention Laboratory at the University of Oregon. Melanie obtained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and has extensive experience serving children and families.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Building Resilience in Transitioning Youth Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Advocating for Dual Jacketed/Crossover Youth Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Child Brain Development: What "normalizing" activities for children can do to address healing Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Speaker: Jim Casey Foundation
CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Successful School Advocacy: Accessing Special Needs Education Resources Workshop

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Speaker: Samuel Zimmerman, Asst Superintendent Brookline School District
Goverance/Board Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership

Developing a Model of Trust

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

General Session

Resilience Movie Followed by Expert Panel

04:00 PM 05:30 PM

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.
Goverance/Board Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership

Energy Leadership

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:00 AM

General Session

Closing General Session

08:15 AM 09:15 AM

Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support

Networking Circles: Urban Programs

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Circles are small groups with similar interests or stages in life and/or with shared goals who meet to learn and grow together, and they're changing lives.

Come join others to discuss the issues Urban programs are currently facing and share about what is working for you.
While we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve your wildest dream, we can promise that joining a Networking Circle will give you the support to go for it. Attendees are taking on new challenges and opportunities thanks to the encouragement of Networking Circles.
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support

Networking Circles: Suburban Programs

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Circles are small groups with similar interests or stages in life and/or with shared goals who meet to learn and grow together, and they're changing lives. Come join others to discuss the issues Suburban programs are currently facing and share about what is working for you.

While we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve your wildest dream, we can promise that joining a Networking Circle will give you the support to go for it. Attendees are taking on new challenges and opportunities thanks to the encouragement of Networking Circles.
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support

Networking Circles: Tribal Programs

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Circles are small groups with similar interests or stages in life and/or with shared goals who meet to learn and grow together, and they're changing lives. Come join others to discuss the issues Tribal programs are currently facing and share about what is working for you.

While we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve your wildest dream, we can promise that joining a Networking Circle will give you the support to go for it. Attendees are taking on new challenges and opportunities thanks to the encouragement of Networking Circles.
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support

Networking Circles: Rural Programs

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Circles are small groups with similar interests or stages in life and/or with shared goals who meet to learn and grow together, and they're changing lives. Come join others to discuss the issues Rural programs are currently facing and share about what is working for you.

While we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve your wildest dream, we can promise that joining a Networking Circle will give you the support to go for it. Attendees are taking on new challenges and opportunities thanks to the encouragement of Networking Circles.
CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy

Networking Circles: Volunteer Advocates

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Circles are small groups with similar interests or stages in life and/or with shared goals who meet to learn and grow together, and they're changing lives. Come join others to discuss the issues Volunteers are currently facing and share about what is working for you.

While we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve your wildest dream, we can promise that joining a Networking Circle will give you the support to go for it. Attendees are taking on new challenges and opportunities thanks to the encouragement of Networking Circles.
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Networking Circles: Trainers

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

Networking Circles are small groups with similar interests or stages in life and/or with shared goals who meet to learn and grow together, and they're changing lives. Come join others to discuss the issues trainers are currently facing and share about what is working for you.

While we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve your wildest dream, we can promise that joining a Networking Circle will give you the support to go for it. Attendees are taking on new challenges and opportunities thanks to the encouragement of Networking Circles.