National CASA/GAL Conference

March 10 - 13, 2018 • Boston, MA
Working Together for Their Best Interests 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. Join us and hear from conference speakers from an impressive line-up of professionals from the child services and legal communities who will share their expertise. Here are some of the organizations that our speakers are associated with: 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 Annie E Casey Foundation 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. See you in Boston! *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

AB Amia Barrows

KD Kimberly Deer

Training for Flex Learning Facilitators

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

CH Christina Harrison

LK Liz  Kachris-Jones

New State Director Training

09:00 AM 01:30 PM

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

AB Amia Barrows

KD Kimberly Deer

Training for Flex Learning Facilitators

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

CH Christina Harrison

LK Liz  Kachris-Jones

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)

10:00 AM 05:00 PM

Highly Effective Workshop

02:30 PM 04:30 PM

Opening Welcome Reception

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Morning Yoga Flow

05:45 AM 06:45 AM

Breakfast

06:45 AM 07:45 AM

Sunday Opening Keynote

07:45 AM 09:00 AM

Keynote - Emmett D.  Carson, Ph.D.

Superhero Run 201

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

AS Allison Stronza

Your Video Storytelling Journey: Tips on Maximizing the Mileage

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

RJ Rachel Jellinek

Interviewing with the Brain’s Stress Response System in Mind

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

CS Candace Saunders, MSW

Managing Program Growth

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

LC Lauren Crenshaw

KD Karen DeRosa

AW Angela Waters

Human Trafficking: Vulnerabilities, Polyvictimization, Complex Trauma, and Survivor Needs

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

WM Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos

Learning Circles

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

CB Cindy Bonfini

TR Tara Ross

Board Source Workshop (By Invitation Only)

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Grantwriting for Success

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

LM Lisa Merrill-Burzak

Telling Stories That Grab Media Attention

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

TA Tristan Ahtone

Interviewing with the Brain’s Stress Response System in Mind

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

CS Candace Saunders, MSW

Advancing Race Equity and Inclusion Panel - Why Must We “See” Color?  Toward a Racialized Understanding of Children & Their Families

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

SJ Shari Lynn Johnson, LMSW, ACSW

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

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

HB Hon. Patricia  Bresee (Ret.), Vice Chair

SE Sally Erny

LK Liza M.  Kirschenbaum, Esq.

Measuring Learning: The Road to Excellence

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

WT Will Thalheimer, Ph.D.

State Governance Workshop (By Invitation Only)

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Lunch on Your Own

11:35 AM 01:15 PM

Plenary Speaker

01:15 PM 02:20 PM

Adam Foss

Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

JL Jay Love

Creative Content for CASA Programs (For social media, blog, newsletters, print and more!)

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

CL Callie Langford

Culture and Its Impact on Family Dynamics

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

SD Shelly-Ann Dewsbury

Where Brain Science Meets Policy: Supporting Youth Transitioning from Foster Care

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

MD Molly Doran

AL Alexandra Lohrbach, MSW

Breaking the Cycle of the Criminal Justice System Pipeline

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

TA The Hon. Kerry Ahearn

SB Shay  Bilchik

JD Joshua M Dohan, Esq

LS Linda Spears

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

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

GM Gabriel McCormick

State Governance (By Invitation Only)

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Create an Annual Fundraising Plan

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

LM Lisa Merrill-Burzak

Public Relations and Reputation Management: From Crisis to Opportunity

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

WC Warren Cooper

Yoga: Self Care for Providers and Clients.

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

JT Jenn Turner

Unadoptable is Unacceptable: Sharing an Evidence-Based Child-Focused Program and its Applications for Volunteer Advocates

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

RS Rita Soronen

SS Sarah Stevens

Crossover Youth: Trends in Policy and the Implications for CASA Programs

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

SB Shay  Bilchik

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

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

CB Cindy Bonfini

TR Tara Ross

State Governance (By Invitation Only)

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Celebratory Awards of Excellence Dinner & Program

05:30 PM 09:30 PM

Breakfast

06:45 AM 07:45 AM

General Session

07:45 AM 09:00 AM

Rodney Bullard

Advocating on Behalf of LGBTQ Youth & Families

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

AD Alison Delpercio

Understanding and Supporting Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

KH Katryn Haley-Little

Improving Outcomes for Children of Detained or Deported Parents: Strategies for Serving Families Dually Affected by the Immigration and Child Welfare Systems

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

PB Prudence Beidler Carr

EB Emily Butera

DG Daniel Ginnetty

IL Iris Lopez

Substance Use Disorders and Forensic Parenting Assessments: A Primer for Legal Professionals & Advocates

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

CD Christine Darsney, Ph.D.

ML Matthew Lahaie, MD, JD

EQ: Transforming Lives One Emotion at a Time

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

TW Tom Wojick

Advocating on Behalf of LGBTQ Youth & Families

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

AD Alison Delpercio

Understanding and Supporting Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

KH Katryn Haley-Little

The Art and Science of Building Relationships with Young People

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

JZ Jonathan Zaff

Substance Use Disorders and Forensic Parenting Assessments: A Primer for Legal Professionals & Advocates

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

CD Christine Darsney, Ph.D.

ML Matthew Lahaie, MD, JD

The 4 C's of Leadership: Confidence, Connecting, Competence, and Culture

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

TR Tim Ressmeyer, Ph.D.

Lunch on Your Own

11:35 AM 01:15 PM

General Session - How Early Experiences Shape the Developing Brain

01:15 PM 02:20 PM

Dr. Melanie Berry

Addressing the Whole Family in Reunification

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

AF Alice Forrester, Ph.D,

Understanding the Critical Role of CASAs Play in Supporting Youth that Crossover Between Multiple Systems

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

MS Macon Stewart

Improving Outcomes for Children of Detained or Deported Parents: Strategies for Serving Families Dually Affected by the Immigration and Child Welfare Systems

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

PB Prudence Beidler Carr

EB Emily Butera

DG Daniel Ginnetty

IL Iris Lopez

Tiered Advocacy for Families of Children with Disabilities

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

SZ Samuel Zimmerman

Developing a Model of Trust

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

TR Tim Ressmeyer, Ph.D.

Resilience Movie Followed by Expert Panel

04:00 PM 05:30 PM

Dr. Melanie Berry

AF Alice Forrester, Ph.D,

Energy Leadership

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

TR Tim Ressmeyer, Ph.D.

Breakfast

06:45 AM 07:45 AM

Closing General Session

07:45 AM 09:15 AM

Jenna Bush Hager

Networking Circles: Urban Programs

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: Suburban Programs

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: Tribal Programs

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: Rural Programs

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: Volunteer Advocates- Harvard ACEs Brain Game

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: Trainers - Harvard ACEs Brain Game

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

Networking Circles: State Leadership

09:30 AM 11:30 AM

State Governing Body Chairs & National CASA Board Networking Circle

09:30 AM 11:30 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 an author and the Vice President of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. In his first book, Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out, you'll find inspiring stories to help you demonstrate life-changing compassion to the people around you, understand courage and make brave choices every day, and share your own story authentically to provide hope for the weary.

Rodney 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.

Rodney and his wife, Silvette, have one son and make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.

12 March

Keynote - Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.

Founding CEO
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D. is an author and 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.
Website: 
https://developingchild.harvard.edu/

12 March

12 March

Adam Foss

Founder and President
Prosecutor Impact
Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO) in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform, with a particular emphasis on redefining the role of the prosecutor to help end mass incarceration. To further these ends, Mr. Foss founded Prosecutor Impact, a non-profit which develops training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system, and he maintains an active speaking and lecture schedule.

During his nine years as a prosecutor, Mr. Foss collaborated with the courts and the community to develop programs which continue to have a positive impact on distressed neighborhoods in the Boston area. He co-founded the Roxbury CHOICE program, for example, to turn probation from a punitive sentence into a beneficial relationship with the court, the probation department, and the District Attorney’s Office. He also founded the SCDAO Reading Program to bridge the achievement gap of area elementary school students. Before leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Foss helped pioneer the first juvenile diversion program in Suffolk County, keeping young people out of the cradle-to-prison pipeline.

The Mandela Foundation recently recognized Mr. Foss as the 2017 Nelson Mandela Changemaker of the Year. Fast Company named him one of the Most Creative People in Business of 2017. The Root named Mr. Foss one of the 100 most influential black Americans of 2016. He was named “Graduate of the Last Decade“ by his alma mater, Suffolk University Law School, and is a visiting senior fellow at Harvard Law School. He also is a fellow at the Open Society Foundation Leadership in Government initiative as well as a Director’s Fellow in the world-renowned MIT Media Lab. In February of 2016, Mr. Foss delivered a TED talk that has already surpassed 2 million views. In 2015, he was voted one of the country’s 40 most up-and-coming lawyers by National Law Journal, and in 2013, the Massachusetts Bar Association voted him Prosecutor of the Year.

11 March

Jenna Bush Hager

Author
Jenna Hager has seen firsthand how small change can make a large difference in a single life. Currently the chair of UNICEF’s Next Generation, an initiative dedicated to reducing the number of preventable childhood deaths around the world, Hager traveled throughout Latin America and the Caribbean with UNICEF where she saw firsthand the plight faced by the underprivileged. Her experience inspired her to write Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, New York Times bestseller based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother living with HIV and determined to shield her child from the abuse and neglect that riddled her own childhood.

Hager shares her own stories of creating change in someone’s life and leaves audiences with a call to action on how they too can improve people’s lives in their own community. A contributing correspondent for NBC’s TODAY, Hager shares positive, uplifting messages of regular people doing extraordinary things. Passionate about literacy, education and improving inner-city schools, Hager was herself a teacher in Baltimore, MD.

In addition to Ana’s Story, she also co-wrote Read All About It! with her mother, former First Lady Laura Bush. Hager and Mrs. Bush recently released a second children’s book, Our Great Big Backyard, which celebrates the Centennial of the National Park Service, and encourages children to go outside and explore America’s parks. Hager is currently writing a joint book of short stories with her sister, Barbara Pierce Bush titled Sisters First for release in October 2017. It will take readers on an extraordinary and deeply personal journey behind the scenes of what it is like to be born into a political dynasty, reveal never-before-told stories about their family, and uncover the enduring sisterly bond that kept them sane through it all.

13 March

LK

Liz Kachris-Jones

Guardian ad Litem Program North Carolina Judicial Branch

09 March

10 March

CH

Christina Harrison

Guardian ad Litem Program North Carolina Judicial Branch

09 March

10 March

AB

Amia Barrows

Victim Services Programs Specialist
VA Dept. of Criminal Justice Services
Website: 
www.dcjs.virginia.gov

09 March

10 March

KD

Kimberly Deer

Executive Director
OCFRC, Inc.
Website: 
www.casasafehouse.org

09 March

10 March

AS

Allison Stronza

Executive Director
CASA of Central Virginia

11 March

AW

Angela Waters

Executive Director
CASA of Atlantic and Cape May Counties, Inc.

11 March

WM

Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos

Director, Human Trafficking Initiative / Assistant Professor
Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Website: 
http://www.massgeneral.org/emergencymedicineglobal...
Other twitter accounts: 
@MassGeneralEM, @MassGeneralNews

11 March

TA

Tristan Ahtone

Journalist/ Consultant
Harvard Neiman Fellow

11 March

WT

Will Thalheimer, Ph.D.

President
Work-Learning Research, Inc.

11 March

JL

Jay Love

Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Officer
Bloomerang

11 March

CL

Callie Langford

Director of Communications
CASA of Travis County

11 March

SD

Shelly-Ann Dewsbury

Associate Professor
Simmons School of Social Work

11 March

WC

Warren Cooper

Senior Account Director
Evergreen Partners

11 March

JT

Jenn Turner

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)
The Trauma Center

11 March

AD

Alison Delpercio

Deputy Director, Children, Youth & Families Program
Human Rights Campaign Foundation

12 March

12 March

KH

Katryn Haley-Little

LICSW, Clinical Director
My Life, My Choice

12 March

12 March

JZ

Jonathan Zaff

Executive Director
Center for Promise

12 March

TR

Tim Ressmeyer, Ph.D.

Founding Partner
Ressmeyer Partners Executive & Leadership Coaching
Website:
http://ressmeyerpartners.com
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/happyhourcoach/

Tim’s professional career includes 20 years as a senior marketing and analytics executive. In these roles he built and led domestic and global teams, sold and delivered analytic services to Fortune 100 companies, and was a featured speaker on consumer trends. He served on the faculty and earned his doctorate of Northern Illinois University. The early part of his professional career included direct care and administrative roles in nonprofit organizations. A native New Yorker, he is married, has two children, and lives in Chicago.

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Ressmeyer Bio One Page.pdf Download Link
AF

Alice Forrester, Ph.D,

CEO
Clifford Beers Clinic

12 March

12 March

MS

Macon Stewart

Deputy Director Multi-System Operations
Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy Center for Juvenile Justice Reform

12 March

RJ

Rachel Jellinek

Co-Founder
Reflection Films

11 March

CS

Candace Saunders, MSW

Simmons School of Social Work

11 March

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CB

Cindy Bonfini

Centreity/ Georgetown

11 March

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TR

Tara Ross

Centreity

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LM

Lisa Merrill-Burzak

11 March

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SJ

Shari Lynn Johnson, LMSW, ACSW

Sole Proprietor
The Traveling Diversity Professor
Shari is currently a Professor of Practice with Simmons College School of Social Work where she serves as the senior course lead for the Dynamics of Race & Oppression Curriculum for the online MSW program.

11 March

HB

Hon. Patricia Bresee (Ret.), Vice Chair

Board of Trustees
National CASA Association

11 March

SE

Sally Erny

Chief Stakeholder Engagement & External Affairs Officer
National CASA Association

11 March

LK

Liza M. Kirschenbaum, Esq.

Associate Director
Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Jersey, Inc.

11 March

MD

Molly Doran

Program Associate
The Annie E Casey Foundation
Website: 
www.aecf.org/

11 March

AL

Alexandra Lohrbach, MSW

Jim Casey Foundation

11 March

JD

Joshua M Dohan, Esq

Director of Youth Advocacy Division, Massachusetts

11 March

LS

Linda Spears

11 March

TA

The Hon. Kerry Ahearn

11 March

SB

Shay Bilchik

11 March

11 March

GM

Gabriel McCormick

Director of PD
Brookline School District

11 March

RS

Rita Soronen

President and CEO
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Website:
www.davethomasfoundation.org
Other Twitter:
@rsoronen
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/dtfa/

11 March

SS

Sarah Stevens

Director of Training
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

11 March

ML

Matthew Lahaie, MD, JD

Medical Director
Program in Children & the Law, Law & Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
Website: 
http://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/services/psy...
Matthew Lahaie, M.D., J.D. is a board-certified child, adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatrist, and serves as the Medical Director for the Child & the Law Program at MGH, as well as a staff psychiatrist in the Law & Psychiatry Service and the Acute Psychiatry Service. He is also on faculty at Harvard Medical School.

12 March

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CD

Christine Darsney, Ph.D.

Director of the Children & the Law Program
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Christine Darsney, Ph.D., is an forensic child psychologist and clinical psychologist, and serves as the Director of the Children & the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She also serves as a staff psychologist in the MGH Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program and is on faculty at Harvard Medical School. 

12 March

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TW

Tom Wojick

President
Renewal Group

12 March

SZ

Samuel Zimmerman

Deputy Superintendent
Public Schools of Brookline

12 March

PB

Prudence Beidler Carr

Director
ABA Center on Children and the Law
Prudence Beidler Carr is the director of the ABA Center on Children and the Law. Ms. Beidler Carr, an attorney and nonprofit advisor, recently returned to the United States after working as a board member at Juconi, a Mexican nonprofit organization that seeks to end intergenerational cycles of violence affecting children and families. Ms. Beidler Carr, a Harvard University and Northwestern Law graduate, was chosen for her expertise in strategic planning and fundraising and her nearly 20 years working on children's advocacy issues at nonprofits and government agencies throughout the United States and internationally, including: Representing minors in juvenile court; Providing technical assistance and grant resources to expand child care access for low income families in California; Advocating for children and parents involved in the foster care system in California, New York and Illinois; Fundraising for programs that address child abuse and neglect domestically and internationally; Prosecuting crimes against children, and Working on federal policy concerning children and parents in immigration proceedings.

12 March

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DG

Daniel Ginnetty

Public Defender
15th Judicial District Indigent Defender’s Office—Lafayette, Louisiana
Since graduating from William and Mary Law School in 2015, Daniel has worked as a public defender in Lafayette, Louisiana for the past two years. A former Gideon’s Promise fellow, Daniel is presently a member of the Gideon’s Promise network of attorneys dedicated to improving the reputation of public defenders in the communities they serve through effective, client-centered advocacy. Although his practice includes criminal defense, the bulk of his caseload consists of representing parents in dependency court. In his capacity as a parent defender, Daniel recently solicited the assistance of the Custody Programs division at ICE to help reunite a family involved in child welfare and deportation proceedings.

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EB

Emily Butera

Senior Policy Advisor for Migrant Rights and Justice
Women’s Refugee Committee
Emily Butera serves as Senior Program Officer for Migrant Rights and Justice in the Women’s Refugee Commission’s DC office. A recognized expert on the protection of families dually affected by the U.S. immigration and child welfare systems; Emily’s work focuses on mitigating the effects of immigration enforcement, detention and removal on family unity, parental rights and child well-being. Emily has extensive experience advocating before the legislative and executive branches on a wide range of issues including detention reform, the protection of unaccompanied children, and the inclusion of women’s concerns in immigration law and policy.

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IL

Iris Lopez

Social Worker
Casey Family Programs
Iris Lopez has worked as a Social Worker with Casey Family Programs (CFP) for the past 8 years.CFP is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Specifically, Iris has worked on reunifying children in the foster care system with parents who have been deported to Mexico.

12 March

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KD

Karen DeRosa

11 March

LC

Lauren Crenshaw

11 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:
$550  Feb. 27, 2018

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

Youth/Student Rate $350

One Day $300

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.”

Dave Thomas Foundation

Contributing Sponsor
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is driven by a single goal: finding a loving family for every child waiting in foster care to get adopted. We are North America’s only national nonprofit charity dedicated solely to finding permanent homes for the nearly 150,000 children in foster care.

Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation

Contributing Sponsor
For over 25 years, Theta’s have stood with National CASA to positively impact the lives of children in foster care. As an organization of women committed to spreading the widest influence for good, they have contributed millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours over the years.

Supporting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

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

Angel Flight

Angel Flight South Central (AFSC) has recently partnered with several Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organizations within our region. Our goal is to help CASA volunteers stay connected with children who have been placed in foster homes outside of their local areas. Our volunteer pilots provide free flights that enable CASA volunteers to visit their children more frequently while incurring less travel time and cost.

Blackbaud

Leading uniquely at the intersection point of technology and social good, Blackbaud provides cloud software, services, expertise, and data intelligence that empower and connect people to drive impact for social good. We serve the entire social good community, which includes nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions, and the individual change agents who support them.

CASA Kendall County

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CasaManager

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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.

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.

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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.

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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 functional websites 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.

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.

Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation

For over 25 years, Theta’s have stood with National CASA to positively impact the lives of children in foster care. As an organization of women committed to spreading the widest influence for good, they have contributed millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours over the years.

Loyola University Chicago Civitas ChildLaw Center

Prepare for Leadership in Child Law

Online MJ in Children’s Law and Policy at Loyola University Chicago


  • Two-year, part-time, fully online Master of Jurisprudence (MJ)
  • Prepares students for leadership in social work, education, health care, and the justice system
  • Provides a firm understanding of law and policy as they affect children and families
  • Offered through Loyola's nationally-recognized Civitas ChildLaw Center
You’re invited to join us for an Online Information Session on Monday, March 20. Learn more.

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.

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.

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!

Softgiving

Softgiving exists to enhance the relationship between non-profits and their donors by revolutionizing the way
people can give.
We worked with many non-profits and honestly, we were frustrated with the lack of options and the high transaction fees that detracted from their cause. There had to be a better way for people to give and for non-profits to grow. So, softgiving was built to make giving a regular part of everyday life. Alone we cannot do much, but together we can do a lot with a little.

TechSoup

TechSoup is a one-stop resource for nonprofit technology needs. In addition to free technology planning information and resources for executives and other decision makers, TechSoup connects 501(c)3 CASA programs with donated and discounted technology products generously provided by corporate and nonprofit technology partners. For more information, visit www.techsoup.org.
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. 

Speakers

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.

Speakers

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

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. 

Speakers

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.

Speakers

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)

10:00 AM 05:00 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
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership

Highly Effective Workshop

02:30 PM 04:30 PM

The State and Local Leadership Councils and the CASA/GAL network have been working on and engaged in defining highly effective state and local organizations. This workshop will help state and local directors understand the components of a highly effective state and local organizations and how to create the roadmap 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

06:45 AM 07:45 AM

General Session

Sunday Opening Keynote

07:45 AM 09:00 AM

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D. is the founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). 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
Local Program Leadership

Superhero Run 201

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Superhero Run 201 will feature experienced race directors on a panel to answer all of your burning questions that will help you improve upon your existing Superhero race. New race directors are welcome to attend and may find it helpful to listen in to get ideas on how to get started. This highly interactive session will allow participants and panelists to learn from each other to increase fundraising revenue and recruit more volunteer advocates. There will also be a “show and tell” table, giveaways, and a link to an online resource folder with sample videos, documents, and checklists.

Speakers

Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications

Your Video Storytelling Journey: Tips on Maximizing the Mileage

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Creating video can feel like a daunting task for several reasons. From the get-go, it can be challenging to figure out what story or stories you want to tell, and who are the right people for the job. In the middle of the process, it may seem overwhelming if you have a lot of footage but are unsure of the best way to get the most out of it. And on the tail end of things, it can be difficult to figure out how to share it with your desired audiences. Have no fear! Whether you want to use video to help raise money, recruit staff and volunteers, or educate your audience about key issues you care about, Rachel Jellinek from Reflection Films will guide you as she shares tips on crafting your message, including some pitfalls to avoid. In addition, she will address how to map out a communications calendar to put your video footage to creative, consistent and effective use. Rachel will share video examples, and she encourages participants to come ready to share their experiences as well. This presentation will not include discussion of the technical aspects of video production or video editing.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Interviewing with the Brain’s Stress Response System in Mind

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Few things are more stressful for a child, and her family, than being interviewed regarding her recent and future placement and relationships. Primary and secondary losses in a child’s life and the uncertainty about her future can impact the child’s stress response system in profound ways. These changes in the brain are accompanied by visible and invisible costs including impairment of clear thinking, emotional dysregulation, and intrusive memories. As CASA volunteers we are in unique positions to help influence children’s brain functioning by the ways we interview and relate to the child and collaborate with important persons in the child’s life. This workshop addresses the impact of stress on the brain and behavior. It provides strategies for using our co-regulating communication with children and adults to minimize their stress and maximize their strength based functioning and thinking. 

Speakers

Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support

Managing Program Growth

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Join us for a road trip to Program Growth: Anywhere USA! Prior to reaching our destination we will explore how the roles of the board, funding, infrastructure, volunteer recruitment and retention can impact our journey. The workshop is geared towards program staff and board members.

Speakers

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

Human Trafficking: Vulnerabilities, Polyvictimization, Complex Trauma, and Survivor Needs

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Human trafficking involves the exploitation of a person in compelled labor or commercial sex by means of force, fraud, or coercion. In the case of children under the age of 18 years induced to perform a commercial sex act, the law recognizes this as human trafficking regardless of the means used. Beyond the crime, however, human trafficking is a severe form of interpersonal violence involving the commodification and perpetuating the polyvictimization of those affected.

Speakers

Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Learning Circles

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Learning circles are as old as humankind. How are they different from the formality of a classroom training experience? How are they enhanced by technology solutions that connect people across geographies with common learning goals? How do they fit into a connected learning strategy for continuous access to learning resources that fit the needs of learners in the contemporary, connected world? What solutions can we devise that will benefit our CASA/GAL learners from all levels of our organization; the new advocate to the CASA management, to the organizations that we collaborate and partner with on behalf of our cases? In this interactive workshop presentation we will address the research behind learning circle implementation.

Speakers

Board Governance Inititative
State Leadership

Board Source Workshop (By Invitation Only)

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Fundraising/Resource Development
Local Program Leadership

Grantwriting for Success

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

In this workshop, participants will learn basic principles and key components for writing compelling grant proposals, including the importance of having a strong project overview and needs statement. Special attention will be paid to the perspective of grant reviewers and how to write in ways that will meet their needs and expectations.

Speakers

Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications

Telling Stories That Grab Media Attention

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

In this workshop, participants will learn storytelling basics: character, narrative structure, and pitching strategies. All skills will be geared toward working with and building relationships with journalists and media organizations.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Interviewing with the Brain’s Stress Response System in Mind

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Few things are more stressful for a child, and her family, than being interviewed regarding her recent and future placement and relationships. Primary and secondary losses in a child’s life and the uncertainty about her future can impact the child’s stress response system in profound ways. These changes in the brain are accompanied by visible and invisible costs including impairment of clear thinking, emotional dysregulation, and intrusive memories. As CASA volunteers we are in unique positions to help influence children’s brain functioning by the ways we interview and relate to the child and collaborate with important persons in the child’s life. This workshop addresses the impact of stress on the brain and behavior. It provides strategies for using our co-regulating communication with children and adults to minimize their stress and maximize their strength based functioning and thinking. 

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Local Program Leadership
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Advancing Race Equity and Inclusion Panel - Why Must We “See” Color?  Toward a Racialized Understanding of Children & Their Families

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

In this interactive workshop, attendees examine such terms as “blind spots”, “colorblindness” & “implicit bias.” By doing so they become more effective as volunteers, improving their ability to address the racialized lived experiences of children & their families. With over 20 years of professional social work experience, and 10 years of community organizing & university instructional experience, Shari Lynn Johnson is the sole proprietor of The Traveling Diversity Professor. Her practice furthers inclusion & equity efforts by facilitating understandings of competent, ethical & anti-oppressive practices, specifically around the lived experiences of the marginalized communities of POC, older adult & TBLGQI communities. 

Speakers

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

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

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the complementary roles of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)/ guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers and children’s counsel in child abuse and neglect proceedings. Children’s counsel provide legal representation throughout the often long and complex court process. Appointed and empowered directly by the courts, CASA/GAL volunteers advocate for a child’s best interest by providing critical information to judges about the child’s needs and well-being. Both help the judge make the most well informed decision. CASA/GAL volunteers are community advocates who get involved because they want to give their personal time and resources to strengthen their community and ensure that every child is safe, has a permanent, loving home and the opportunity to thrive. CASA/GAL volunteers engage in a wide range of activities to support court processes and also provide a consistent adult and support person for children.

Speakers

Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Measuring Learning: The Road to Excellence

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Creating and delivering learning is a noble endeavor, but if we make a mess of it, we won’t maximize the outcomes we hope for and we won’t help our learners as much as we might hope. Unfortunately, too often we fall into traps, some born from tradition, some from not knowing how learning really works. Fortunately, there is a powerful methodology available to us. Feedback! Feedback enables improvement, but we have to do feedback right. Traditional end-of-training surveys don’t work. There’s even science that tells us they don’t work. In this session, Dr. Will Thalheimer, will share wisdom from his award winning book, on how to get better feedback from our learners—and then, how to maximize the power and effectiveness of our learning interventions.

Speakers

Board Governance Inititative
State Leadership

State Governance Workshop (By Invitation Only)

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Lunch on Your Own

11:35 AM 01:15 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

Plenary Speaker

01:15 PM 02:20 PM Grand Ballroom

Speakers

Fundraising/Resource Development
Local Program Leadership

Major Gift Fundraising for Small Shops

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

In this session, we will dive into the groundbreaking research on major gift fundraising conducted by Adrian Sargeant PhD – Professor of Fundraising and Director at the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy Plymouth Business School – and leading fundraising expert Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE. This research contains survey data collected from hundreds of nonprofits, and illuminates their experience with major gifts. No matter the size of your organization, you will come away with additional insights.

Speakers

Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications

Creative Content for CASA Programs (For social media, blog, newsletters, print and more!)

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

From blogs to print newsletters, CASA programs across the country should be creating and curating content to drive interest in our work. This workshop focuses on the topics that CASA programs can use as content whether digital or print, urban or rural, big or small! Learn about distribution methods, editorial calendars, soliciting content from staff and volunteers, and sharing stories while maintaining confidentiality. We’ll end with a brainstorming session on visual content ideas.

Speakers

CASA Travis Content Ideas.pdf Download Link
CASA Travis Editorial Calendar.pdf Download Link
CASA Travis Online Program Policies.pdf Download Link
CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Culture and Its Impact on Family Dynamics

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

In this workshop, participants will learn and discuss the importance of culture to the family experience and how it influences how the child interprets and understands the world around them. In this workshop, participants will also be exposed to how cultural norms influence parent and child response to adverse various life situations.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support

Where Brain Science Meets Policy: Supporting Youth Transitioning from Foster Care

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Resources:
Road to Adulthood publication: http://www.aecf.org/resources/the-road-to-adulthood/
Brain Frames (practice guides): http://www.aecf.org/blog/brain-frames-short-tools-for-positive-interactions-with-youth-in-foster-car/
What Young People Need to Thrive: Leverage the Strengthening Families Act to Promote Normalcy: http://www.aecf.org/resources/what-young-people-need-to-thrive/
Adolescent brain development research provides clear evidence that the human brain continues to develop well into an individual’s 20s, thereby making adolescence a critical developmental window filled with opportunities for growth, exploration, taking risks and healing. Recent adolescent brain research underscores the importance of having consistent and caring relationships during adolescence. This is especially true for foster youth. In this session we will discuss the policy landscape for supporting older youth transitioning from foster care, policies that encourage foster parents to provide transitional support,, and what child welfare professionals, foster parents and other caring adults can do.

Speakers

Pledge Flier.pdf Download Link
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support

Breaking the Cycle of the Criminal Justice System Pipeline

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Each year the Massachusetts Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems serve between 20,00 and 25,000 children and youth. Many of the children come from poor families in under resourced communities. Sadly, we know that these kids are at elevated risk for poor life outcomes, including lifelong chronic criminal justice involvement. This workshop will explore some of the root causes of these struggles with a focus on how CASAs can use Positive youth Development to help meet the formative needs of court involved children.

Speakers

Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
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

Learning takes place when participants trust their peers well enough to dialog controversial concepts. Active guidance from the facilitator creates an atmosphere of safety and support where everyone can have a voice. Come learn the methods that enhance the learning experience in this interactive session. 

Speakers

Board Governance Inititative
State Leadership

State Governance (By Invitation Only)

02:40 PM 03:40 PM

Fundraising/Resource Development
Local Program Leadership

Create an Annual Fundraising Plan

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Whether you are a one-person fundraising shop or have an entire team of staff, one of the keys to raising more money is to have a written fundraising plan. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create an annual plan that will increase and diversify revenue, build deeper relationships with supporters, and engage the fundraising team—staff, board and volunteers.

Speakers

Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications

Public Relations and Reputation Management: From Crisis to Opportunity

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Where will your organization's next crisis come from?
• Allegation of financial wrongdoing on the part of leadership
• Questionable or illegal behavior by volunteer or staff
• Social Media attack by an angry client or disgruntled employee
• Claim of sexual harassment.
How you respond will impact your organization’s reputation, its credibility, employee morale, client participation, volunteer recruitment, donor relations and even government funding. In fact, how you respond is often more impactful than the original issue itself. Based on actual crises, case studies, and experiences with high profile clients “ripped-from-the-headlines” this presentation outlines communication tactics and strategies to help you prepare. 

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Yoga: Self Care for Providers and Clients.

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

The Trauma Center has been researching and offering trauma sensitive yoga as an adjunctive treatment for trauma for over 15 years. Clients have seen wide ranging benefits from bringing the body into treatment. Providers, who are also exposed to the trauma and suffering of others, can utilize present moment experience through the practice of yoga to manage the challenges of working with vulnerable communities.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support

Unadoptable is Unacceptable: Sharing an Evidence-Based Child-Focused Program and its Applications for Volunteer Advocates

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a national non-profit public charity, is scaling its signature program, Wendy's Wonderful Kids, an evidence-based child-focused strategy that works on behalf of the children most at risk of aging out of care. The workshop will describe the model and share its implications for CASA.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support

Crossover Youth: Trends in Policy and the Implications for CASA Programs

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Shay Bilchik is the Founder and Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. The Center’s purpose is to advance a balanced, multi-system approach to reducing juvenile delinquency in a way that promotes positive child and youth development. The Center works aims to focus across systems of care and levels of government, on the key components of a strong juvenile justice reform agenda. A particular focus of the Center’s work is on youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, also referred to as “crossover youth.” The Center is committed to promoting policies and practices that are evidence based and outcome focused that strengthen family engagement, the appropriate assessment of youth, and the use across systems of high quality practices and services that help to reduce recidivism and racial and ethnic disparities.

Speakers

Local Program Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

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

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

The need for learning is not met by training alone! What is a training strategy, and how does it differ from a continuous learning strategy? These and other provocative statements will be discussed in this lively interactive workshop in which we explore models for knowledge transfer that extend beyond the ‘event’ of a training class. How do we sustain our leaners with the right tools for success in their roles as CASA professionals or CASA advocate volunteers?

Speakers

Board Governance Inititative
State Leadership

State Governance (By Invitation Only)

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

General Session

Celebratory Awards of Excellence Dinner & Program

05:30 PM 09:30 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

06:45 AM 07:45 AM

General Session

General Session

07:45 AM 09:00 AM

Rodney D. Bullard is an author and the Vice President of Community Affairs at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. In his first book, Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out, you'll find inspiring stories to help you demonstrate life-changing compassion for the people around you, understand courage and make brave choices every day, and share your own story authentically to provide hope for the weary.

Rodney 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.

Rodney and his wife, Silvette, have one son and make their home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Fundraising/Resource Development
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Advocating on Behalf of LGBTQ Youth & Families

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

In this workshop, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children-All Families program will provide a brief overview of the most recent research on LGBTQ youth in foster care, as well as LGBTQ-headed families. The barriers LGBTQ youth and families face will be explored and attendees will improve their advocacy as it relates to LGBTQ-related needs and concerns around disclosure, safety, and placements. Attendees will better understand sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and how these aspects of identity intersect with other key aspects of a young person’s identity and experience. Concrete tips for individuals and organizations seeking to build their LGBTQ competency will be provided.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Fundraising/Resource Development
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Understanding and Supporting Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Every day, young people are deceived, manipulated, coerced, and forced into the commercial sex industry. This multi-billion dollar industry targets the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. Participants will have the opportunity to:
*Understand the local and national picture of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC)
*Understand the impact of commercial sexual exploitation on the mind, body and soul
*Understand your role in identifying victims and responding to disclosures
*Learn and practice responses to victims designed to empower and support them through the process of disclosure and seeking healing.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Fundraising/Resource Development
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Improving Outcomes for Children of Detained or Deported Parents: Strategies for Serving Families Dually Affected by the Immigration and Child Welfare Systems

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Website: 
https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/rights/gbv/resources/1409-resources-for-families-facing-deportation-separation
Five million children in the United States have at least one undocumented parent. Four and a half million of these children are U.S. citizens. These children live in mixed status households where some members are U.S. citizens and others are non-citizens or lack immigration status. Parents who do not have immigration status in the U.S. face risk of arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). When a parent is detained by ICE or removed, the family can face instability and children can face a heightened risk of becoming involved with the child welfare system. The panel will describe ICE’s current policy related to the rights and responsibilities of detained parents and educate stakeholders on issues that arise when detained parents are involved in a child welfare case.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Fundraising/Resource Development
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Substance Use Disorders and Forensic Parenting Assessments: A Primer for Legal Professionals & Advocates

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize an audience of non-clinical legal professionals with substance use disorders and forensic parenting evaluations. In the first segment of the workshop, Dr. Matthew Lahaie will discuss various substances of abuse and related substance use disorders, as well as common treatments and interventions for these disorders. In the second segment of the workshop, Dr. Darsney will discuss the practice of forensic parenting assessments, including multiple case examples of assessments of parents with substance use disorders and their related risk assessments. Participants should gain an introductory understanding of substance use disorders and their treatments and of parenting assessments in the context of parental substance use.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Fundraising/Resource Development
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

EQ: Transforming Lives One Emotion at a Time

09:15 AM 10:15 AM

Child advocates, by modeling and mentoring emotional intelligence practices and capabilities, which include the ability to identify, understand, use, and regulate one’s own feelings and to accurately read the emotions of others, can help transform the life of a child. Emotional development is critical for children to successfully navigate current challenges and for the formation of strong social and work relationships as an adult. This workshop will provide participants with a practical and actionable model of EQ and strategies to strengthen relationships and to mentor the development of EQ.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Fundraising/Resource Development
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Advocating on Behalf of LGBTQ Youth & Families

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

In this workshop, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children-All Families program will provide a brief overview of the most recent research on LGBTQ youth in foster care, as well as LGBTQ-headed families. The barriers LGBTQ youth and families face will be explored and attendees will improve their advocacy as it relates to LGBTQ-related needs and concerns around disclosure, safety, and placements. Attendees will better understand sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and how these aspects of identity intersect with other key aspects of a young person’s identity and experience. 

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Fundraising/Resource Development
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Understanding and Supporting Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Every day, young people are deceived, manipulated, coerced, and forced into the commercial sex industry. This multibillion dollar industry targets the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. Participants will have the opportunity to:
*Understand the local and national picture of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC)
*Understand the impact of commercial sexual exploitation on the mind, body and soul
*Understand your role in identifying victims and responding to disclosures
*Learn and practice responses to victims designed to empower and support them through the process of disclosure and seeking healing.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Fundraising/Resource Development
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

The Art and Science of Building Relationships with Young People

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Building trusting, emotional connections with children and youth is essential to advocating for their best interests. In this session, experts in relationships and positive youth development will take participants through a dynamic set of activities to explore the art and science of relationships and how the relationships throughout a young person's life (their web of support) can be leveraged by a CASA/GAL to optimize the young person's life outcomes.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Fundraising/Resource Development
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

Substance Use Disorders and Forensic Parenting Assessments: A Primer for Legal Professionals & Advocates

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

The purpose of this workshop is to familiarize an audience of non-clinical legal professionals with substance use disorders and forensic parenting evaluations. In the first segment of the workshop, Dr. Matthew Lahaie will discuss various substances of abuse and related substance use disorders, as well as common treatments and interventions for these disorders. In the second segment of the workshop, Dr. Darsney will discuss the practice of forensic parenting assessments, including multiple case examples of assessments of parents with substance use disorders and their related risk assessments. Participants should gain an introductory understanding of substance use disorders and their treatments and of parenting assessments in the context of parental substance use.

Speakers

CASA/GAL Volunteer Advocacy
Fundraising/Resource Development
Goverance/Board Leadership
Legal & Judicial Leadership
Local Program Leadership
Marketing/Communications
State Leadership
Volunteer Supervison Support
Volunteer Training & Facilitation

The 4 C's of Leadership: Confidence, Connecting, Competence, and Culture

10:35 AM 11:35 AM

Being a leader is tough. It starts with you and moves out to those around you and the people you have to work with and influence. You have to know stuff and you are creating a culture whether you’re managing a team of one or one hundred. Using the latest findings from neuroscience, coaching, and real world situations, you will learn a model of leadership that helps you identify specific areas of growth and development for yourself and your organization.

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