2019 National CASA/GAL Conference

June 1, 2019 through June 4, 2019
Atlanta, GA Hyatt Regency This year’s conference will focus on building stronger families to achieve better outcomes for children. It's an opportunity for those committed to serving our most vulnerable children to learn more about: - supporting children and families involved in the child welfare system; - the role of reunification, kinship care, guardianship, foster placements and adoption; - achieving safe, permanent placement for children; - the importance of strong families in successful outcomes for children; - the issues facing children and families today; and - how the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act—which allows federal funding to pay for services to prevent children’s removal from their families—intersects with CASA/GAL volunteers’ important work. Attendees will also benefit from countless opportunities to meet with and learn from others who care as much about the CASA/GAL mission as they do.
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Schedule

  • 31 May
  • 01 June
  • 02 June
  • 03 June
  • 04 June

Training of Facilitators

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

Training of Facilitators

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

State Director Meeting

09:00 AM 04:30 PM

Local Program Director Meeting

09:00 AM 04:30 PM

Opening Welcome Reception

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

James & Patrice  Comey

The Honorable Mary  Landrieu

Movie Night

06:30 PM 08:30 PM

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

Jarrett  Krosoczka

Awards of Excellence Gala

06:30 PM 09:30 PM

Rodney D.  Bullard

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 12:00 PM

Bryan  Stevenson

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Exhibitors

Speakers

Conference Costs

Info Desk

Rodney D. Bullard

Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation/Author
Chick-fil-A, Inc. & Chick-fil-A Foundation
Monday, June 3 - Awards of Excellence Gala

As vice president of corporate social responsibility at Chick-fil-A, Inc., and executive director of the Chick-fil-A foundation, Rodney Bullard leads Chick-fil-A’s community engagement, philanthropic and sustainability strategy. His first book, Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out, contains inspiring stories to help readers demonstrate life-changing compassion, understand courage and make brave choices every day.

Bullard, who previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney and a White House fellow, has received numerous awards for his service, including the Department of Justice Director’s Award, Duke Law Young Alumnus of the Year (2016), and the Most Admired Atlanta Non-Profit CEO (2017). He was named one of the 500 Most Influential Atlantans in 2018, and was granted the lifetime-honor of being named an "Outstanding Georgian" by the Georgia Senate (2019).

Bullard is an alumnus of the Air Force Academy, Duke Law School, the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

His speech at the Awards of Excellence Gala—at which we will recognize CASA/GAL heroes nationwide—will describe surprisingly simple but powerful ways each of us can impact others and create a legacy of service.

03 June

James & Patrice Comey

Author/CASA Volunteer/Foster Parents
Patrice Comey, a member of National CASA’s board of trustees, is a former elementary school teacher and Peace Corps volunteer with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. She currently serves as a CASA volunteer in Fairfax, VA. Her service to children is also informed by her experience as a therapist and as a mother of five.

James Comey led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2013 to 2017, after serving as the U.S. Deputy Attorney General and in other roles in the public and private sectors. He taught at Howard University as the King Endowed Chair in Public Policy, and is currently teaching a leadership course at his alma mater, the College of William and Mary.

The Comeys served as licensed foster parents in Connecticut from 2011 to 2015. They are loving godparents to their first foster baby and still babysit him on a regular basis. In addition to sharing their experience as foster parents and with local CASA programs and National CASA, the Comeys will speak about the importance of service to others.

02 June

Jarrett Krosoczka

Author/Illustrator
New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels. He also recently launched a new story arc in the Jedi Academy series with Star Wars™: Jedi Academy: A New Class.

His most recent book, Hey, Kiddo (Oct 2018), is a graphic memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive. Hey, Kiddo was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Krosoczka will share his experiences being raised by grandparents and dealing with addiction in his family.

03 June

The Honorable Mary Landrieu

Former U.S. senator and leader in U.S. adoption policy
Mary Landrieu, a former member of National CASA’s Board of Trustees, started her career in public service in 1979, when she was elected to the Louisiana State Legislature at the age of 23—the youngest woman to ever be elected. For eight years, she successfully championed causes related to women and children, flood protection, and education reform. In 1987, she was elected State Treasurer, and served with distinction for two terms.

In 1996, she became the first woman from Louisiana elected to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Appropriations Committee, Chairman of the Small Business Committee, and Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, she became known as a tireless advocate for her home state. She also helped establish, and co-chaired, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, and is a founding member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

Among Landrieu’s other notable accomplishments in the Senate were the passage of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the landmark Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, the Israel American Energy Alliance, and the RESTORE Act—the single largest one-term environmental investment in the Gulf Coast in the history of the nation.

Landrieu will share her experiences as an adoptive parent, and speak to the importance of adoption as an option for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

02 June

Bryan Stevenson

Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative
Tuesday, June 4

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. It is an inspiring story of unbreakable humanity in the most desperate circumstances, and a powerful indictment of our broken justice system and the twisted values that allow it to continue.

Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu has called Stevenson America’s young Nelson Mandela.” His work on individual cases has generated national attention and his efforts have reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. Stevenson’s remarkable twenty-minute TED Talks on the subject of injustice has been viewed over 2.35 million times on the TED website and another 299k times on YouTube; The New Yorker named it one of five essential TED Talks.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1985, Stevenson moved to the South, a region on the verge of a crisis: the states were speeding up executions, but many of the condemned lacked anyone to represent them. On a shoestring budget he started the Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. The cases he took on would change Stevenson’s life and transform his understanding of justice and mercy forever.

Stevenson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best NonFiction, and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015. Stevenson is a tenured law professor at New York University School of Law.

His speech will illuminate the impact of mass incarceration and inter-generational incarceration and the impacts it has on children being served in foster care and families. Nearly 20% of children entering the child welfare system have incarcerated parent(s) and because close to 80% of individuals in prison were once in the child welfare system, the CASA/GAL organization has much to learn from his work as a justice activist and reformer that will address the needs of children and families in our care.

04 June

Pricing

General Attendee & CASA/GAL Program Staff $575.00
If registered by April 12: $500.00
If registered by May 17: $550.00

Active CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocate $525
If registered by April 12: $400.00
If registered by May 17: $475.00

Youth/Student Rate $350
If registered by April 12: $300.00

One Day $300
If registered by April 12: $250.00

Bringing a team? For every 5 registrations you get the 6th registration free. All registrations must be completed together before the payment is submitted. 
* Volunteer, Student/Youth and one-day only registrations are excluded.

CEU/CLE Credits: $20.00

Additional Awards of Excellence Dinner Tickets
: $70.00

Hotel: nightly rate is $152.00 per room
* Find link in your confirmation email

Refund Policy

Cancellations will be allowed up until May 17, 2019, less $50 cancellation fee per registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

2019 National CASA FAQ's.pdf Download Link

Become a Sponsor and/or Exhibitor at National CASA/GAL Conference

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA) hosts the leading forum for best-interest advocacy in the country. This national conference brings together representatives from the organization’s nearly 950-program network, including staff, volunteers, leaders, attorneys, judges and other professionals, who are committed to promoting best-interest advocacy for the nation’s most vulnerable children.

Each year, the annual conference brings together more than 1,200 people to gain valuable insights while learning about best practices, innovations and trends in the child welfare field. The expert speakers are inspiring, the sessions are educational and the participants are equipped with resources that help them further advance the organization’s mission.

The 2019 conference, May 31 - June 4 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, will focus on an important issue in the child welfare field: family reunification. The importance of the family in a child’s life cannot be overstated, and volunteer advocates, in making recommendations to the court, weigh that knowledge and the availability of services to support reunification against the realities of individual families’ circumstances.

The CASA network includes more than 85,000 CASA volunteer members (called guardians ad litem—or GALs—in some states), who work in concert with the court, judges, social workers and others to represent the best interest of more than a quarter-million children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Since its inception in 1977, CASA volunteers have provided an invaluable perspective to judges, while providing consistency for children going through a traumatic and
unstable period.

As a National CASA conference partner, you will have the opportunity to help further our important mission, while bringing your message to industry thought leaders, gaining brand exposure and making a positive impact on the lives of children.

There are at least two ways you can partner with National CASA to support our annual conference:
• Become a sponsor
• Become an exhibitor

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider supporting the conference:
• The conference is the leading forum for best-interest advocacy
• Attendees are organizational leaders and working professionals
• Participants seek out new information and services
• It’s an opportunity to make a difference and take a leadership position on critical issues affecting children and our shared future.

Download PDF for more information.
2019 CASA GAL Annual Conference Opportunities.pdf Download Link

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.”

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/

Bloomerang

We have pooled together the latest in best practices for donor engagement and retention to create a simple donor database solution that helps nonprofits decrease donor attrition and increase revenue.

Plugging in the latest technologies and delivering them with a clean, modern interface, our cloud-based system is your “go-to” for better fundraising!

CASA Manager

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.

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.

Community Brands

Community Brands is the leading provider of cloud-based software to associations, nonprofits, faith-based groups, and K-12 schools. With 2,000 employees serving over 100,000 clients in 30 countries, we help organizations grow stronger and achieve their missions.

Organizations adopt Community Brands software to manage memberships, career centers, learning, accounting, mobile giving, peer-to-peer fundraising, donations, admissions, enrollments and events. Using these solutions, customers of all sizes create meaningful and lasting experiences for their members, donors, students, and volunteers.

Eleo

Eleo is easy to use donor (CRM) management software with all the features and integrations you need to manage your donor information in one customizable, online software. Eleo's built-in Event, Grant,Volunteer and Membership modules are all included with your monthly subscription.

Eleo is designed with you in mind. It will help you cultivate stronger, more sustainable donor relationships, build long-term stewardship, and increase the return on your fundraising efforts.

Eleo is affordable and secure with full live and online customer support services (included) making Eleo the right choice for your nonprofit's fundraising success.

Learn more about Eleo at http://www.EleoOnline.com

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance

For nearly 30 years, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance 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.

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance 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 coverages and services for the nonprofit sector in the insurance marketplace.

Optima

Optima is an easy-to-use, powerful case and volunteer management software, designed by CASA experts with over four decades of real-life CASA management, technical and data security experience. We help you get things done! Optima is designed and tailored completely for the CASA life –- for your life. We know software. We know CASA. And, we truly listen and treat our customers right. This is a big triple threat to our competition and simply, advantages for your CASA program. Let’s talk how making simple steps to Optima software can help you better manage your entire CASA program. Let’s chat!

Training of Facilitators

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

The Training of Facilitators is for experienced or new facilitators who deliver volunteer training and manage their organization's training program. This two-day session will increase skills in delivering adult-learning, online engagement techniques, building a learning community, tools and topics for engaging the seasoned volunteer, and managing learning delivery. Come prepared to share your wisdom and build your learning capacity. No extra charge for attending this 2-day workshop. We do require attendance for the full two-day session. Please contact training at training@casaforchildren.org with any questions.

Training of Facilitators

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

The Training of Facilitators is for experienced or new facilitators who deliver volunteer training and manage their organization's training program. This two-day session will increase skills in delivering adult-learning, online engagement techniques, building a learning community, tools and topics for engaging the seasoned volunteer, and managing learning delivery. Come prepared to share your wisdom and build your learning capacity. No extra charge for attending this 2-day workshop. We do require attendance for the full two-day session. Please contact training at training@casaforchildren.org with any questions.
Leadership Development

State Director Meeting

09:00 AM 04:30 PM

Executive Director Meetings are designed to build or hone executive skills among leaders in the CASA/GAL network. New this year are meetings specifically for directors of local programs. State and local program leaders will increase confidence and competence with the aim of creating a highly effective culture. These interactive meetings represent an opportunity for networking, learning and sharing of ideas and best practices, and discussing challenges with peers from across the network.

Local Program Director Meeting

09:00 AM 04:30 PM

💥NEW this year!

Executive Director Meetings are designed to build or hone executive skills among leaders in the CASA/GAL network. New this year are meetings specifically for directors of local programs. State and local program leaders will increase confidence and competence with the aim of creating a highly effective culture. These interactive meetings represent an opportunity for networking, learning and sharing of ideas and best practices, and discussing challenges with peers from across the network.

Opening Welcome Reception

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

The 2019 Annual Conference will start with a reception, included in the cost of your conference registration. Please join us for heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar to kick off this year's conference!

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

Plenaries & Learning Sessions

Speakers

Movie Night

06:30 PM 08:30 PM

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

Plenaries & Learning Sessions

Speakers

Awards of Excellence Gala

06:30 PM 09:30 PM

This celebratory dinner is included in the cost of your conference registration. The event will include dinner and an awards ceremony to honor our dedicated advocates, judges, board members and staff, with music and dancing to follow. If you would like to invite a guest to attend the event with you and they are not a conference registrant, you'll have the opportunity to let us know later in the registration process.
*Cocktail attire

Speakers

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 12:00 PM

Plenary and Learning Sessions

Speakers