2019 National CASA/GAL Conference

Better Together: Building Stronger Families to Change Children’s Lives
June 1, 2019 through June 4, 2019 Atlanta, GA Hyatt Regency The Annual Conference is a highly-anticipated event that brings together people from throughout our national network of nearly 950 programs. Joining us each year are also staff of direct service organizations, social workers, judges and members of the legal profession, corporate leaders, researchers, funders who are committed to our joint cause, and more. Keynote speakers who are leaders in their field will inspire you to take action on a certain issue. In workshops that follow each speech, you'll join with experts, colleagues, and people with lived experience in child welfare to discuss issues in detail and learn just which actions have been most effective in addressing them. Throughout the conference the common theme will be supporting children and their families--whether biological, kin or guardianship, foster or adoptive--with the understanding that the importance of family in a child's life cannot be overstated. 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. Online Registration is now closed; however, you may register on-site at the registration desk.

Schedule

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

Registration open

08:00 AM 01:00 PM

CASA/GAL Facilitator skill building: Training of facilitators - REGISTRATION FULL

12:30 PM 05:00 PM

Registration open

01:30 PM 08:00 PM

Registration open

07:00 AM 07:00 PM

CASA/GAL Facilitator skill building: Training of facilitators - REGISTRATION FULL

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

State Director meeting - by invitation

08:30 AM 04:30 PM

Local Program Director meeting

09:00 AM 04:30 PM

Exhibitors / Marketplace / Bookstore Open

12:00 PM 05:00 PM

Opening welcome reception

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Morning flow yoga

05:45 AM 06:45 AM

Continental breakfast

06:45 AM 07:45 AM

Registration open

07:00 AM 07:00 PM

Opening Plenary session I

08:00 AM 09:45 AM

James & Patrice  Comey

Victoria  Rowell

Exhibitors / Marketplace / Bookstore Open

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

Book signing, Victoria Rowell

09:45 AM 10:00 AM

Victoria  Rowell

Birth and foster parent partnerships: Strengthening families and improving outcomes

10:00 AM 11:15 AM

Corey Best

Amanda Williams Cruce

At the crossroads: The intersection of child welfare and immigration

10:00 AM 11:15 AM

CC Cristina Ritchie Cooper

JN Jennifer  Nagda

Tom C.  Rawlings, J.D., M.ST, CWLS

Strengthening families through the ICW lens with protective factors

10:00 AM 11:15 AM

Karan Kolb

WT William Thorne

Trauma informed systems of care: Creating a culture of well-being

10:00 AM 11:15 AM

RD Rachel Davidson, J.D.

SH Sharon L. Hill, Ph.D.

The intersection of domestic violence and the resolve of families

10:00 AM 11:15 AM

LB Linda Bratton Haynes

CC Chelsea Catlin

NP Nora  Polk

Supporting commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) on the journey to coercion-resilience

10:00 AM 11:15 AM

EH Emily Hollerbach

RT Rachel  Thomas

Governance leadership: Closing the generation gap on boards

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

ER Elizabeth Runkle

Sunday Plenary session II

11:30 AM 12:15 PM

Chadwick Sapenter

Lunch and Networking on your own

12:15 PM 01:30 PM

Sunday Plenary session III

01:30 PM 02:30 PM

Jelani Freeman

The Honorable Mary  Landrieu

Understanding addiction: Squirrel logic

02:45 PM 03:45 PM

Brad  Lander, PhD, LICDC-CS

Care and custody inside a broken system

02:45 PM 03:45 PM

Martha Gershun

Governance leadership: Fundamentals of good leadership

02:45 PM 03:45 PM

ER Elizabeth Runkle

Family first prevention services act: Opportunities and implications

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

TD Tim Decker

Mitigating the effects of the trauma of addiction within the family system

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

JB Jen Bellot

TK Trish Kinkle

Working with people in active addiction

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Brad  Lander, PhD, LICDC-CS

Parental visitations, substance abuse and the impact on permanence

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

AB Amy Bailey, LMSW

Sharing strategies that work: Supporting families and children impacted by addiction

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Martha Gershun

Supporting the mental health of babies of parents struggling with addiction: Safe babies court

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

JG Jerice Glanton

SH Susan  Herrod

JO Jill Overton

Governance leadership: Board recruitment, orientation and engagement

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

ER Elizabeth Runkle

Broken Places film featuring a panel discussion moderated by Jelani Freeman

06:30 PM 08:00 PM

Jelani Freeman

Continental breakfast

06:45 AM 07:45 AM

Registration open

07:00 AM 07:00 PM

Monday Plenary session I - Ask Dr. Steve Perry

08:00 AM 09:00 AM

Dr. Steve Perry

Exhibitors / Marketplace / Bookstore Open

08:00 AM 05:00 PM

Rural affinity group workshop

09:15 AM 11:00 AM

Urban affinity group workshop

09:15 AM 11:00 AM

Suburban affinity group workshop

09:15 AM 11:00 AM

Tribal affinity group workshop

09:15 AM 11:00 AM

A walk in their shoes: Using virtual reality technology to improve empathy

09:15 AM 11:00 AM

SB Steve Boyle

FF Frederick Ferrer

Governance leadership: Boards and fundraising: Improving board fundraising effectiveness

09:15 AM 11:00 AM

CC Christal M. Cherry

Monday Plenary session II

11:15 AM 12:00 PM

Ron Clark

Lunch and Networking on your own

12:00 PM 01:15 PM

Book signing, Ron Clark

12:00 PM 01:00 PM

Ron Clark

Monday Plenary session III

01:15 PM 02:30 PM

Jarrett  Krosoczka

Book signing, Jarrett Krosoczka

02:30 PM 02:45 PM

Jarrett  Krosoczka

Supporting the educational needs of children: The importance of education advocacy

02:45 PM 03:45 PM

HG Happi Grillon

AH Alex Hiatt

Building families through community engagement and emergency assistance

02:45 PM 03:45 PM

KD Karrie Duke

CE Crystal Elijah-Davis

Supporting grandparents raising grandchildren

02:45 PM 03:45 PM

Bette Hoxie

Eugene C.  Vickerson

A youth perspective: Supporting youth engagement as a CASA

02:45 PM 03:45 PM

Rosalina Burton

Johnathan LeGrande

Overcoming barriers to mental health issues for children in foster care

02:45 PM 03:45 PM

LB Lynn  Barrieau

RZ Robb Zarges

Trauma and brain science: Changing the way we work with children and families - part I

02:45 PM 03:45 PM

DR Debra Ross

Branding fundamentals

02:45 PM 03:45 PM

Kyle Curtis

Joan Jungblut

Sara Macfarlane

Jacqueline Meason

Governance leadership: Building & implementing strategy

02:45 PM 03:45 PM

ER Elizabeth Runkle

Supporting the educational needs of children: The importance of education advocacy

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

HG Happi Grillon

AH Alex Hiatt

Building families through community engagement and emergency assistance

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

KD Karrie Duke

CE Crystal Elijah-Davis

Supporting grandparents raising grandchildren

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Bette Hoxie

Eugene C.  Vickerson

A youth perspective: Supporting youth engagement as a CASA

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Rosalina Burton

Johnathan LeGrande

Overcoming barriers to mental health issues for children in foster care

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

LB Lynn  Barrieau

RZ Robb Zarges

Trauma and brain science: Changing the way we work with children and families - part II

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

DR Debra Ross

Branding fundamentals

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Kyle Curtis

Joan Jungblut

Sara Macfarlane

Jacqueline Meason

Governance leadership: Conflict resolution, getting along in the work place

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

ER Elizabeth Runkle

Awards of Excellence Gala with featured speaker Rodney Bullard

06:30 PM 09:30 PM

Rodney D.  Bullard

Judge Capizzi

Continental breakfast

06:45 AM 07:45 AM

Registration open

07:00 AM 12:30 PM

Tuesday Plenary session

08:00 AM 09:20 AM

Bryan  Stevenson

Exhibitors / Marketplace / Bookstore Open

08:00 AM 12:00 PM

Advocating for children with incarcerated parents

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

JB Jerry Bruce

There is no “I” in team: A presentation about multi-disciplinary approaches to working with child trafficking victims and survivors

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

HJ Heidi Jackson

AS Alexis Scurry

Adolescent advocacy: Strengthening youth through relationships

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

SS Shelley Smith

KW Kimberly Wagner

Supporting our youth to reduce their entry into the juvenile justice system

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

EB Erica Byrne

MS Macon Stewart

Child-friendly visitation policies when a parent is incarcerated

09:30 AM 10:30 AM

SM Sue Maly

RZ Robb Zarges

Rural networking circle

10:45 AM 12:00 PM

Urban networking circle

10:45 AM 12:00 PM

Suburban networking circle

10:45 AM 12:00 PM

Tribal networking circle

10:45 AM 12:00 PM

Volunteer networking circle

10:45 AM 12:00 PM

State Leadership Networking Circle

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Governance Leadership Networking Circle

10:45 AM 11:45 AM

Registration desk closes

12:30 PM 01:00 PM

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Sponsors

Exhibitors

Speakers

Conference Costs

Info Desk

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Amy Bailey, LMSW

Child Welfare Program Director
CASA of Ottawa County
Amy Bailey is the child welfare program director for Arbor Circle, and in that capacity she oversees the CASA of Ottawa County program. She is a licensed master’s level social worker who also works as a private practice clinician in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With over 17 years of experience working within child welfare and with diverse family types, she believes that families hold within themselves the power to heal and overcome obstacles. As social workers and CASA Volunteers our responsibility is not to “fix” families, but it is to walk alongside of them and ensure their stories are told in a way through which they can learn and grow from their experiences.

02 June

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Lynn Barrieau

Assistant Director
CASA Project, Inc.

03 June

03 June

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Jen Bellot

Associate Dean and CASA Volunteer
Academic Practice Integration at the Jefferson College of Nursing

02 June

Corey Best

National Parent Consultant
National Alliance of Children's Trust
Corey B. Best is first, a dedicated father. He is originally from Washington, DC and now resides in Florida. This is where Corey began his transformation into leadership training, systems building, family engagement, race equity, promoting protective factors, social equality for fathers and highlighting “good enough parenting” for those impacted by the child welfare system.

Mr. Best is commonly known as leader and skilled facilitator that brings a combination of lived and professional experience as he organizes for child welfare and human service systems improvements. His innovative style and approach has led him to receive the 2016 Casey Family Programs Excellence for Children’s Award. Most recently, he has been appointed to a Board position with Alia Innovations and is an integral part of the growth and innovation committee. This work has allowed Corey to take leadership to the next level. His perspective is that a leader must have a set a values and behaviors that embrace diversity, shared power and social contribution to see lasting changes in our child welfare system.

Through his involvement with re-building systems that are responsive to family engagement and optimal child and family development, Corey is Certified in the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Fund’s Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work, various trauma-informed modalities and hosting of Community Café conversations. He has also served as a Technical Assistance Consultant for Georgetown University’s Adaptive Leadership team with a focus on social equality, organization change, family engagement and exploring Mental Models. Corey is an active member of the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) and has taken a lead role in helping to educate BPNN members, child welfare leaders and other key stakeholders about the Family First Prevention Services Act and its benefits to families. In short, Corey’s mission is to positively impact the lives of children, families and communities through safe and equitable relationships.

02 June

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Steve Boyle

CEO
Epic Immersive Labs

03 June

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Linda Bratton Haynes

Judge
DeKalb County Juvenile Court, Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center
Judge Linda Bratton Haynes was born in upland, California. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance and Management at University of North Carolina Charlotte in 1980. After completing her degree, she became a Personal Banker with Wachovia Bank, where she was named Personal Banker of the Year. She obtained her law degree from Georgia State University School of Law in 1986. Immediately after law school, she became the second African American to hold the position of law clerk in the Georgia Court of Appeals. In 1988, she practiced law with the firm of Franklin, Moran and Boyle. She developed a bankruptcy division for the firm and went on to manage her own successful law practice. In 1998, she was appointed to the DeKalb County Juvenile Court. January 1, 2016, she was appointed to a 3 year term as Chief Judge of the Court. During her tenure, she developed the Truancy Awareness Prevention Program (TAPP) that has successfully assisted in reducing truancy in the DeKalb County Schools and has been successfully adopted by other jurisdictions in Georgia. She also developed and presides over the first Juvenile Drug Court in DeKalb County. It has been recognized as the most efficient run Juvenile Drug Court in the state of Georgia. As Chief Judge, she developed practices and procedures with the Department of Juvenile Justice to reduce the overcrowding in their facilities by half. In her first year as Chief Judge, she developed a policy of no shackling of children in DeKalb County. In 2018, the state Council of Juvenile Judges voted to remove shackling in all juvenile courts. She expanded the DeKalb County Juvenile Court by lobbying the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners for an additional judge to efficiently process cases. In 2017, CASA appointed her to the first National Judicial Leadership Council. In 2018, the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges (NCFJCJ) appointed Judge Haynes to a national committee to assist on developing policy, legislation and practices to fight the opioid crisis in our country.

Judge Haynes is a Member of Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges, National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges, DeKalb Lawyers Association, DeKalb Bar Association, Leadership DeKalb Class 0f 2008, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. and Vice president of A Dancer’s Heart Inc. She is recipient of the Women in Progress Award, Camp Jewell House Award, HTIM Humanitarian Award, Atlanta Center Healing Award, Positive Growth Community Engagement Award and numerous other community awards. She sits on various committees and boards throughout the county and state. She has been featured on WSB TV, AJC and other various media outlets for her work in the community and advocacy for children’s rights. She is the mother of four adult children and three grandchildren.

02 June

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Jerry Bruce

Director
Georgia Court Improvement Project

04 June

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

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

Rosalina Burton

Young Leader
FosterClub
"Sometimes it feels like you are climbing up a mountain and you don't have the right shoes, every step you take forward, you slide back two more." This is how Rosalina 'Rosie' Burton, a former foster youth of San Diego, California, describes her transition out of foster care at age 19. Having experienced 23 moves and 15 school changes during her 12 years in care Rosie began advocating for child welfare reform at the age of 15. Rosie has collaborated with organizations such as the Clinton Foundation, FosterClub, and National CASA. She is currently employed as a Behavioral Specialist at a residential facility for foster youth and with the Federal Government as a NYTD Reviewer Coach. Rosie contributes her success to the many supporter adults in her life; the first of which was her CASA Dawna who opened her up to a world of endless possibilities and unconditional love. For this reason, Rosie continues to be involved with her local CASA program through a panel called "The Real Word," speaking, moderating and co-facilitating the training of new speakers. In fall of 2019, Rosie will transfer to a four-year college and obtain her BS in Human Development before entering graduate school to pursue a Doctorate degree. She hopes her research on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Cognitive Development will improve the lives of children in care and beyond.

03 June

03 June

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Erica Byrne

Executive Director
Voices for Children

04 June

Judge Capizzi

former President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and a member of the National CASA/GAL Association’s council of advisors
Monday, June 3 - Awards of Excellence Gala Emcee

Judge Capizzi, past president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and a member of the National CASA/GAL Association’s council of advisors, was elected as a Montgomery County, Ohio juvenile court judge in 2004. He previously served as an acting judge for Dayton Municipal Court and in private practice for over 25 years. Judge Capizzi is admitted to the Ohio and federal bar. He received his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law, and a B.A. from Saint Bonaventure University. Judge Capizzi was the proud recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2015 in recognition of his distinguished service to the community and to the law school.

Judge Capizzi has overseen the growth of Treatment Court and the implementation of a Juvenile Mental Health Court and Family Mental Health Court. He led the initiative to create the Evening Reporting Center in partnership with Mt. Enon Baptist Church, implemented the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, initiated the Pro Se Services program to help those clients that choose to file legal documents without attorney representation, and strengthened the Court’s Reclaiming Futures and Natural Helpers programs to better serve youth and their families.

Judge Capizzi also led the Court into the 21st Century technology-wise and streamlined the hearing process by implementing more efficient case action procedures, including the process through which attorneys and parties receive their court entries in hand at the conclusion of each hearing

03 June

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Chelsea Catlin

Family Support Assessor
Positive Growth Inc.

02 June

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Christal M. Cherry

Senior Consultant
Georgia Center for Nonprofits

03 June

Ron Clark

Founder
The Ron Clark Academy
Known to many as "America's Educator," Ron Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times Bestselling author, the subject of a television movie and the founder of The Ron Clark Academy. Ron is regularly featured on network and cable television (The Today Show, CNN and Oprah,) and was dubbed by Ms. Winfrey as her first "Phenomenal Man."
Ron Clark brings charisma, energy and devotion to the education profession. Ron pioneered innovative projects in rural North Carolina working with minority students in a low wealth area. His highly effective programs garnered national attention and led to a White House invitation to be honored by the President of the United States.
Ron Clark's personality is marked by a sense of challenge and adventure. Upon watching a television piece chronicling low test scores and the lack of teachers in inner-city New York, Ron packed his car and moved to Harlem. After being warned by the principal that his class was the least disciplined group she had seen in years, Ron prepared himself by visiting the home of each student before the first day of school. Ron Clark involved his students in projects in the city and state, and his "low achievers" soon began to excel; and by the end of the year, their scores were higher than the "gifted" classes in his district.
In 2003, Ron Clark released the New York Times Bestselling book "The Essential 55" which includes his 55 expectations of students - as well as all individuals - young and old. Ron's second book, "The Excellent 11," was released in August 2004 and further captured the attention of parents, educators and students alike.

03 June

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

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Cristina Ritchie Cooper

Program Director
Immigration Projects ABA Center on Children and the Law
Cristina Ritchie Cooper is a Senior Attorney with the ABA Center on Children and the Law. Since joining the Center in 2010, Cristina has provided training and technical assistance on a number of issues, including hearing quality and judicial decision-making, permanency planning for youth in foster care, and effective implementation of federal law and policy. She also develops ABA policy through the Center’s collaboration with the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk. With the Center’s Immigration and Child Welfare Project, Cristina supports courts and agencies working with immigrant families in or at risk of entering the dependency system, and child welfare and immigration attorneys who seek to understand their clients’ legal needs in both fields. Prior to joining the ABA, Cristina provided direct legal representation to children and youth the Bronx, NY, and Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Princeton University.

02 June

Kyle Curtis

Group Creative Director
R&R Partners
Kyle Curtis is Group Creative Director at R&R Partners and an expert on social and behavior change marketing. His work for substance abuse prevention, transit, and drunk driving have become nationally-recognized industry best practices.

03 June

03 June

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Rachel Davidson, J.D.

Director
Office of the Child Advocate

02 June

TD

Tim Decker

Senior Fellow
Annie E. Casey Foundation

02 June

KD

Karrie Duke

Director of Volunteer Programs
Jackson County CASA

03 June

03 June

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Crystal Elijah-Davis

Older Youth Specialist
Jackson County CASA

03 June

03 June

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Frederick Ferrer

CEO
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

03 June

Jelani Freeman

Appellate Attorney
Department of Veterans Affairs
Jelani Freeman is a community leader, attorney and inspirational speaker who has dedicated his life to serving children. His commitment to kids grew from his time in multiple foster homes, shelters, group homes and juvenile facilities. Jelani Freeman entered the foster care system in Rochester, NY at the age of 8, when his mother was no longer able to care for him and he spent the majority of his youth in care before he aged out of the system. Driven by his determination to be a voice for voiceless children, Jelani has worked for multiple agencies that serve youth, including the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, where he served as the architect of many of the Department’s positive youth development programs. Jelani has spent his career working in government, starting with a Senate internship for Hillary Clinton in 2003, which propelled him to speaking about his personal story at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Jelani earned a law degree from Howard University School of Law in 2010. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from SUNY Buffalo and a Master’s degree in History from American University. Currently he works as an Appellate Attorney for Department of Veterans Affairs. He serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in D.C. and sits on the Boards of the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE), the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) and the D.C. Office of Employee Appeals (OEA). Jelani was also a longtime Board member of the Barker Adoption Foundation, D.C. Child Fatality Review Committee (CFRC) and the D.C. Mayor's Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN).

02 June

02 June

Martha Gershun

Writer and Consultant
MG Consulting
Martha Gershun is the author of Care & Custody: A Novel of Three Children at Risk, detailing the plight of three siblings in the child welfare system and the CASA Volunteer who fights valiantly to find them a safe, permanent home. In 2017 Gershun retired as Executive Director of Jackson County CASA (Kansas City, MO), one of the largest CASA agencies in the country, advocating for more than 1,250 children each year. She also served as a Board member of the Missouri CASA Association and the National CASA Association.

Gershun has over 35 years of leadership experience with non-profit organizations, start-up ventures, and Fortune 500 corporations. She served as Executive Director for Reach Out and Read, a national non-profit that helps bring books and a love of reading to children living in poverty in all 50 states. During her tenure, the organization was honored with Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award as one of the nation’s most innovative, entrepreneurial, and effective non-profits. Today she consults to a wide variety of non-profit agencies in the arts and human services, helping with strategic planning, organizational development, and fundraising.

Gershun is a passionate, persuasive public speaker who speaks often about the dangers facing children in the foster care system. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Kveller, and The Kansas City Star.

Gershun earned an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University and an M.B.A. with First Year Honors from the Harvard Business School. She also holds a graduate diploma in Economics from the University of Stirling, Scotland, where she was a Rotary International Fellow. In September 2018 Gershun donated a kidney at the Mayo Clinic to a woman she met through a newspaper story.

02 June

02 June

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Jerice Glanton

Safe Babies Court Magistrate
Davidson County

02 June

HG

Happi Grillon

Executive Director
CASA of Philadelphia County

03 June

03 June

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Susan Herrod

Program Director
CASA Nashville

02 June

AH

Alex Hiatt

CASA Education Decision Maker Program Supervisor
CASA of Philadelphia

03 June

03 June

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Sharon L. Hill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Georgia State University

02 June

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Emily Hollerbach

Support and Growth Specialist
Ending the Game
Emily Hollerbach is the Support and Growth Specialist with Ending the Game. She is a personal survivor of sex trafficking and is passionate about identifying and unrooting shame from sexual exploitation, fostering sisterhood through survivor community, and education. Her desire is to see survivors of trafficking and CSE become empowered and free from the destructive beliefs that once imprisoned them, about both themselves and about others, and ultimately see them fulfill their destinies. She has previous experience in administration and program management, and a bachelor’s degree from WSU. She is a strong communicator and leader and enjoys taking a teamwork approach to everything in life.

02 June

Bette Hoxie

Grandparent
Generations United and Project Healthy Grandparents
Bette Hoxie has over 36 years of experience as a birth, foster and adoptive parent and is currently raising her grandsons. Bette has been taking care of her grandson Joe since shortly after his birth, when Bette’s son—Joe’s father—and his girlfriend were neglecting their child and were deemed unfit to take care of him. Although child welfare attempted to intervene, they stepped out of the picture because Bette had already indicated she would apply for guardianship. Bette has provided care for her grandson without any financial support because she intervened prior to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services taking custody of him. However, she does receive Medicaid benefits for him. She eventually obtained long-term guardianship through the probate court, and her son and grandson’s mother were thankfully amenable to this plan.

As Bette’s grandson has several developmental delays, she has taken an active role in his education and health needs. Importantly, Bette has learned firsthand just how crucial support services and resources are for kinship caregivers raising children with special needs. Bette has extensive experience working with foster parents, being one herself. In her time working for the Maine Foster Parent’s Association (MFPA) Liaison Program, she noticed the lack of support services and resources for kinship caregivers. Although kinship care is important for increasing child protection and wellbeing, kinship caregivers only accounted for 3% of the MFPA formal assistance and child placement work. The majority of kinship families, Bette learned, lived outside of the formal foster care system, with the caregivers forced to manage challenges largely on their own. Raising her grandson, Bette has also experienced the often isolating hard work and resilience that goes into kinship care. Receiving little financial support and information, Bette had to “go it alone,” more or less, in ensuring her grandson had access to the educational and therapeutic services he needed.

Despite his earlier challenges, Joe is doing well, now in college and aspiring to work in forensics and law enforcement.

Recently, Bette got guardianship of another of her grandsons. She is working with his mother as she copes with addiction and mental illness. She also took in her former foster son, his wife, and their infant son when they were in danger of losing custody of the boy due to their opioid usage. They have been drug free for over a year and have since moved into their own home.

Bette started Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine & The Kinship Program (AFFM), serving as its executive director for 20 years before retiring in 2017. The organization grew out of her desire to be able to better support her grandson and to help other kinship families in Maine. AFFM assists kinship caregivers in accessing services and resources and provides parental training programs and support groups. Bette also serves on multiple advocacy committees for kinship care, including the Community Partners Project and the Maine Kinship Advocacy Network. Through her work to increase support systems for kinship families, Bette wants people to view kinship care not as a burden, but as the blessing it truly is. Although retired from her role as executive director of AFFM, Bette continues to work in her community helping families affected by the opioid crisis.

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03 June

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Heidi Jackson

Victim Services Unit
Richland County Sherriff's Department

04 June

Joan Jungblut

Corporate Media Strategy Director
R&R Partners
Joan Jungblut is a seasoned media professional with 25+ years of experience in paid media strategy and execution for hospitality, travel, entertainment, healthcare and financial clients. Currently Corporate Media Strategy Director at R&R Partners, Joan also teaches the media planning & buying course at UNLV.

03 June

03 June

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Trish Kinkle

Program Manager
CASA of Philadelphia

02 June

Karan Kolb

Director of Social Services
Indian Health Council
Karan Kolb is a member of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians. She is the Social Services Director at Indian Health Council Inc. overseeing the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) program for a seven Tribe consortium and is responsible for the delivery of many programs under the realm of social services Karan has over 27 years of experience working with Tribal Governments and families in the areas of family preservation, court advocacy and reunification services as well as parenting and child welfare. She has developed the ICWA program by building communication and collaboration with partnerships with county, universities and tribal agencies championing the need for prevention services and training to tribes. Karan has participated in San Diego County’s System Improvement Plan (SIP) and California State Disproportionality projects which included strategies aimed at reducing the number of Native American children in the child welfare system and improving the outcomes for Native foster children. She is a member of 7th Generation, a workgroup of various child welfare and community partners working together collaboratively to improve child welfare services for Native children and their families. She is involved with Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children or (CSEC) Collaborative and Initiatives and served as a board member of the Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition representing the Rincon Tribe.

Karan serves as a Community Advisory member for San Diego State University School of Social Work and has been recently appointed as the delegate for tribal consultation with the state of California. She is a member of the ICWA state workgroup and participant in the California Indian Family Task force through the California Attorney General’s Bureau of Children’s Justice. She serves on the Native American Research Internal Review board and a Tribal Liaison for California State Covered California. Most recently she is a collaborative partner with the John Hopkins Pediatric Infant Care Collaborative with Indian Health Services implementing ACEs training and Trauma Informed Care throughout the health services as a Co-Director of the Prevention and Early Intervention Team and Interdepartmental Case Management Team crossing care into all departments.

She earned her MA in Psychology with the University of the Rockies. She is the mother of 2 children and has an 8 year old granddaughter.

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

03 June

Brad Lander, PhD, LICDC-CS

Clinical Psychologist
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Dr. Brad Lander is a Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor who has worked in Columbus since 1979 in a variety of chemical dependency and mental health positions. Dr. Lander graduated With Highest Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from Purdue University, and received his Masters and Doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University in counseling psychology. Dr. Lander first began working in the treatment field as a mental health therapist in the community mental health and VA systems. He began specializing in chemical dependency in 1985. In 2001, Dr. Lander became the Clinical Director of Addiction Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center more commonly known as Talbot Hall. Dr. Lander serves as a board member and faculty with The Ohio State University Institute of Addiction Studies. He has received the
President’s Award for Outstanding Service in the Field of Substance Abuse and the 2010 Excellence in Community Health Education Award.

02 June

02 June

The Honorable Mary Landrieu

Former U.S. senator and President, Board of Directors Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
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

Johnathan LeGrande

Young Leader
FosterClub
Growing up in the inner city of Pittsburgh; Johnathan entered the Pennsylvania foster care system during his fifth grade year of school at the age of 11. His transition into the foster care system was due to unfit parents and unstable living conditions. Johnathan and his younger siblings endured both physical and mental abuse at the hands of their biological parents. However, being fortunate enough, Johnathan and his five younger siblings were able to live with relatives to avoid from being separated. Nevertheless, John experienced both pros and cons while living with his relatives. Being the eldest out of his siblings that went into kinship, John was left out of multiple family events and was stuck typically babysitting. Johnathan soon grew unhappy with his living situation, so he started spending less time at home and more time in the gym, and volunteering with church events. Over time, Johnathan would stay nights and weeks at his mentors, pastors and coaches house to find that sense of structure that he missed out on.

Through the few supportive adults that took him in and guided him, Johnathan was able function like any of the other kid at school. He actively participated in the church choir, piano lessons, basketball, football, crew, wrestling, JROTC, and his school’s forensics program. With the help of these same supportive adults, Johnathan recognized his God-given gift of athleticism at a young age and used it as a tool to earn a full athletic scholarship to attend and play basketball in college!

Becoming a legal adult during the summer of his freshman year; Johnathan had the responsibility to find housing on his own. However, with the help of his supportive adult network, he soon started working and transitioned into an independent living program. Johnathan finished school at Carlow University majoring in Corporate Communication with a minor in business. Johnathan is known by his friends to be an athlete, gentlemen, and someone who loves music.

CASA Experience: Although Johnathan didn’t have a CASA himself, he knows, firsthand, the value of supportive adults who can help young people achieve normalcy and build their social networks.

03 June

03 June

Sara Macfarlane

Director of Brand Strategy
R&R Partners
As Director of Brand Strategy, Sara Macfarlane combines the art of insights with the science of marketing. Her work integrates the “big picture” findings from planning, research and analytics into a holistic plan to move the needle and engage consumers. Her work has also helped launch or rebrand clients in the areas of healthcare, technology, transportation, utilities, travel and hospitality, education, and NGOs.

03 June

03 June

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Sue Maly

Associate Supervisor
CASA Project, Inc.

04 June

Jacqueline Meason

Account Director
R&R Partners
Jacqueline, a fourteen year account management veteran, is the lead for R&R Partners’ brand management services in their Denver office. She has experience spanning numerous industries including non-profit, transportation, healthcare, travel and tourism, consumer product goods and many others. She was recently sworn in as a CASA volunteer and was just assigned her first case.

03 June

03 June

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Jennifer Nagda

Policy Director
Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

02 June

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Jill Overton

Safe Babies Court Coordinator
Davidson County

02 June

Dr. Steve Perry

Educator, Speaker, Author
Widely respected by grassroots community members and internationally renowned leaders as an educator, social worker and public speaker, Dr. Steve Perry’s charismatic and compelling voice is an inspiration.

Dr. Steve Perry has opened three schools, helped Steve Harvey write his book Jump, has spoken in over 79 communities and completed his sixth book, Transparenting, in the beginning of 2018. In 2019, he is working on his fourth school for local youth, with Sean "Diddy" Combs as an investor pledging 1 million dollars. His impact is profound and varied, and shows no signs of slowing down.

The word most often used to describe Dr. Steve Perry is passionate. His authenticity is a welcome addition to any discussion rooted in improving children's lives and the community. His skills are hard-fought and gained from his rough childhood all the way up through his graduation from an Ivy League school.

Dr. Steve Perry has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, Al Jazeera, TV One, BET and NBC as well as on the Oprah Winfrey network in multiple shows. His courage and piercing insights provide a fascinating perspective that is not often found in public discourse. Dr. Steve Perry’s daytime talk show, "Breakthrough with Dr. Steve Perry," aired on Fox in early 2019.

Dr. Steve Perry is the voice of a generation, a people's champion who has been fighting for disadvantaged children and families for 30 years. Passionate and surprisingly funny, Dr. Steve Perry is a man worth listening to.

(www.drsteveperry.org / Dr. Steve Perry)

03 June

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Nora Polk

Judge
DeKalb County Juvenile Court

02 June

Tom C. Rawlings, J.D., M.ST, CWLS

Director
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
Tom C. Rawlings was appointed in February 2019 by Governor Brian Kemp to serve as Director of the State Division of Family and Children Services, where he supports the efforts of over 8,000 DFCS employees who protect Georgia’s most vulnerable children and assist the state’s struggling families. He previously served as Interim Director of the agency under Governor Nathan Deal. Prior to joining DFCS, Tom served as Georgia’s Child Advocate for the Protection of Children and helped lead efforts to improve our state’s child protection system. Governor Deal appointed him to the Office of the Child Advocate post in January 2017, and he also served as the Director of that agency from 2007-2010 under Governor Sonny Perdue. An honors graduate of both Duke University and the University of Georgia School of Law, he earned his Masters’ degree from Oxford University with distinction in International Human Rights Law. From 2000-2007, he served as the first full-time juvenile court judge in the Middle Judicial Circuit, where he oversaw juvenile justice and child protection cases in five counties. After serving his first term as the state children's ombudsman, Tom and his family moved to Guatemala in 2010, where he directed a child sexual abuse prosecution and treatment team as the country director for International Justice Mission. Certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children as a child welfare law specialist, Tom is a former Fulbright Senior Specialist in Law and is the author of Georgia Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: Policy, Practice and Procedure, updated regularly. A native of Sandersville, Tom and his wife, Kay, now live in Atlanta and have three sons.

02 June

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Debra Ross

Instructional Services Coordinator
Georgia State University School of Social Work Professional Excellence Child Welfare Training Collaborative
Debra has been working in Social Services for over 25 years and has a variety of child welfare experience in the public and private sector. During her early professional career, Debra worked at the Department of Children and Family Services in two states where she supported efforts to reform child welfare practices, crisis intervention and provided specialized case management services. More recently, she has served as a program manager on four state contracts in which she was responsible for marketing, program evaluation, quality assurance, web-based learning and training, for families and their children. She developed, presented and managed numerous workshops to help support the continuing training need of foster/adoptive parents across the state. Because of her creative approach and innovative strategies in the field of Social Work along with years of child welfare experience, Debra has been invited to present at both the Federal and State level. Debra holds a degree in Sociology from Fisk University and a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University.

03 June

03 June

Victoria Rowell

Award-winning actress, producer, international lecturer, advocate, and the New York Times bestselling author
Victoria Rowell is an award-winning actress, producer, international lecturer, advocate, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Women Who Raised Me, (HarperCollins), an inspirational memoir that details her rise out of the foster-care system through the stories of the incredible women who lifted her up in different ways.

Born in Maine, Rowell was raised in foster care for the first eighteen years of her life. The love, guidance, and support of her foster families instilled in her the confidence and drive to succeed. At eight years old, she received a scholarship to the Cambridge School of Ballet, through the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. After a successful career as a professional dancer, Rowell pursued modeling and went on to grace the pages of Seventeen, Mademoiselle, and countless other magazines, before choosing to become an actress.
Since then she has established a remarkable career in both television and film. An Emmy-nominated actress, and the recipient of seven NAACP Image Awards, her credits include the television series Diagnosis Murder, and The Young and The Restless. Her films include Home of the Brave, The Distinguished Gentleman, Dumb and Dumber, Eve’s Bayou, and Feast of All Saints. Rowell executive produced, directed and co-wrote Emmy-nominated and most-watched original dramedy series, The Rich and the Ruthless, which is launching its third season in summer 2019. She also co-executive produced several UPtv Christmas holiday movies for Uplifting Entertainment Network. She starred in the UMC Original Series Jacqueline and Jilly which addresses the opioid addiction crisis. Rowell will also guest star on LIFETIME’S, Pride and Prejudice which will air on June 1st.

Never one to forget her origins, even amidst success, Rowell has been able to use her celebrity status to gain a voice for foster children. Recognized by 193 members of Congress for advocacy on behalf of education, arts, foster and adoptive youth, parents and social workers, she directed The Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan charity for twenty years, funding fine arts scholarships and college stipends. After fifteen years of collaborative service with The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a charitable arm of United Parcel Service endeavoring to build better futures for disadvantaged children and families in the United States, Rowell became an ambassador for the Carrie Steele Pitts Home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rowell has received honorary doctorates from the University of Southern Maine and Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. She was awarded the United Nations Association USA- Pacific, Los Angeles Chapter Award in recognition of her contributions in education, human rights and world peace. Rowell has received multiple civic awards, including the National (Elizabeth Catlette) Award for Exceptional Service to Youth, The Betty Shabazz/Child Welfare ‘Dove Award’, The Sojourner Truth Black Education & Cultural History Award, The Whitney M. Young Jr. Special Award, the Court Appointed Special Advocates - Dallas, Texas Award, and the 100 Black Men Chairman’s Award.

Rowell’s messaging is one of survival, inspiring hope, remembrance, leadership and reciprocity.
Rowell has two adult children, Maya and Jasper. Her production company, Days Ferry Productions, is located in Los Angeles, California.


02 June

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Elizabeth Runkle

Senior Consultant
Georgia Center for Nonprofits

02 June

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03 June

Chadwick Sapenter

CEO
Sapenter Corporation
Chadwick Sapenter is a former foster kid turned serial entrepreneur, best selling author, and motivational speaker, currently Chadwick is the CEO of the Sapenter Corporation which has interest in insurance, media, and real estate. Chadwick has spent the last decade as a speaking to youth in foster care helping them find their purpose in life and showing the adults who work in Child Welfare how to make meaningful connections and that a little encouragement can go a long way. 

After thousands of talks Chadwick realizes the best way for him to help is to share his story in experiences with passion, authenticity, and to provide resources and solutions that can be easily implemented. When he is not speaking Chadwick is home in Austin, TX spending time with his wife,four sons, the youth in his non profit Central Texas football Academy and more likely than not eating bbq.

02 June

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Alexis Scurry

Anti-Human Trafficking Project Coordinator
Richland County CASA

04 June

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Shelley Smith

Adolescent Advocacy Specialist
CASA Nashville

04 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

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Macon Stewart

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

04 June

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Rachel Thomas

Director
Sowers Education Group
Rachel Thomas, M. Ed., is the Director of Sowers Education Group where she and a team of educators sow seeds of sex trafficking awareness and survivor empowerment. A graduate of UCLA with a Masters in Education and a personal survivor of human trafficking, Rachel has over 12 years’ experience in teaching, mentoring, corporate training, curriculum writing and public speaking. She has educated and inspired a wide range of audiences including teens, social service providers, churches, teachers, college students, and law enforcement. One of her organization’s proudest accomplishments is an intervention curriculum called Ending The Game; this curriculum is being used by over 500 facilitators in 23 states and helps survivors break the bonds of attachment to traffickers and the lifestyle of commercial sexual exploitation.

02 June

Ending The Game Informational Flyer 2019.pdf Download Link
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William Thorne

Judge
retired

02 June

Eugene C. Vickerson

Grandfather
Generations United
Eugene Vickerson first became the primary caregiver for his then 5 year old grandson, Jakari, when Eugene’s daughter began to neglect her son. Eugene’s daughter suffered from severe depression, mental illness and was involved with drugs and alcohol, which affected her ability to care for her son. Eugene ultimately gained legal guardianship of his grandson for doctor visits, school enrollments and other matters, after his daughter became institutionalized and later was arrested on multiple occasions. While taking on the new responsibility of raising his grandson, Eugene also took in his daughter’s other child, 16 month-old Amor, under an order from Georgia’s Division of Child Support Services that she would otherwise be placed in state protective care.

Today, Eugene’s two grandchildren are happy and prospering in life. Jakari, now 16, enjoys dancing, basketball and is excelling in his high school’s college prep program. Amor, now 6, likes art and writing and exudes a bubbly and engaging personality. For Eugene and his grandchildren, being able to overcome some serious challenges has set them on the road to happiness and success. When beginning to care for his grandchildren, Eugene was faced with kinship services that were largely lacking in guidance and support for relative caregivers like him. Being retired and on a fixed income, Eugene struggled with finding adequate financial support for his grandchildren, enrolling his grandson in Medicaid and having to take in his granddaughter without any supportive items (bed, clothing, diapers, etc.) While Eugene did utilize some state services, including counseling for his grandson who was struggling with low self-esteem and other difficulties, he found that a large majority of services failed to acknowledge the important needs and rights of kinship caregivers in accessing supportive services.

Determined to advocate for the needs of his grandchildren and other grandfamilies like his own, Eugene joined support groups like Grandparents Empowered and Project Healthy Grandparents to lend his voice to the fight for kinship care issues. While serving as president of Grandparents Empowered in Decatur, GA Eugene met with representatives from Georgia’s legislature to successfully push for 10 key recommendations to improve the state of kinship care services. Among these recommendations was the call to resolve discrepancies of services and attitudes between foster parents and kin caregivers.

Eugene’s strong skills and extensive experience in advocacy, education and leadership have helped him fight for what he believes in: the immense importance of kinship families and the support they deserve.

03 June

03 June

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Kimberly Wagner

Advocate Supervisor
CASA Nashville

04 June

Fletcher Whitwell

Partner and Chief Media & Publishing Officer
R&R Partners
As one of R&R’s most recently named partners, Fletcher oversees the agency’s Media & Publishing practice, as well as leads numerous key client relationships. Fletcher’s passion for marketing extends beyond the channels he plans & buys for, into the communities and industries we serve. Fletcher is Vice Chairman of R&R Partners Foundation, our charitable arm, and Worldwide Partners Inc., the largest independent agency network.

Amanda Williams Cruce

National Parent Consultant Organization
National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds
Amanda Williams Cruce lives in Gainesville, Florida where she is a licensed clinical social worker. She has worked for 10 years in the child welfare system and has also been a foster parent for the past 8 years. Amanda has extensively worked in Florida to ensure all foster youth have equal rights.
In addition, she has had a focus on caring and advocating for youth who identify as LGBTQ so they feel empowered and secure. At a national level, she has been involved in the areas of family empowerment, PL113-183 and LGBTQ rights. From her local, state and national work, Amanda brings much experience understanding how to navigate difficult conversations in a meaningful way for families, as well as speaking about the best practices and program implementation strategies that affect youth and families throughout the country.
Amanda serves as a Consultant for the Center for States. She is an active member of the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership and has presented on the importance of building strong partnerships between birth parents and foster parents.

02 June

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Robb Zarges

Executive Director
CASA Project, Inc.

03 June

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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.

Conference Program

Take a look at the conference program for more information about workshops and speakers. 
2019Conference_Program.pdf Download Link

Frequently Asked Questions

2019-National-CASA-FAQs.pdf Download Link

Know Before You Go (A-Z)

2019 Know Before You Go -Final.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

National CASA Association

Our Mission

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive.

Our Vision

Our vision is of a world where every abused or neglected child is given the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.

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/

R & R Partners

Supporting Sponsor

Evinto Solutions

Supporting Sponsor

Loyola University Chicago Civitas ChildLaw Center

Supporting Sponsor

Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation

Contributing Sponsor
For over 25 years, Thetas 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.

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.

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 Kendall County

CASA Kendall County is a local CASA/GAL program. All apparel items for sale have been designed by our staff in partnership with a local business who supports our mission. All sales proceeds go directly to support our local program. We offer high quality CASA logo merchandise including t-shirts, yoga pants, hoodies, business/court room attire, and much more. Our items offer you CASA apparel choices perfect from the gym to the courtroom. We are also able to create customized event items for your program and local program specific attire for your staff and volunteers. We look forward to meeting you in Boston!

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.

Charis Books and More

Charis Books and More, the South's oldest independent feminist bookstore. Celebrating radical and independent voices in the heart of the South since 1974! For over 43 years these stories have been weaving themselves together and finding voice in our little corner of Little Five Points in Atlanta, Georgia. We call this space a feminist bookstore. We call this space "Charis," a Greek word that means grace, gift, thankfulness.

  • We are now the official bookstore partner of Agnes Scott College! Visit us at our new location: 184 S. Candler St. Decatur, GA 30030.
  • We specialize in diverse and unique children's books, Feminist and cultural studies books and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer fiction and non-fiction.
  • We will gladly order most any book in print. 

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.

CIMA

At CIMA, we provide services for businesses, nonprofits, and agents and brokers. As independent brokers, we represent the finest property and casualty insurance companies in America, so we are able to place your coverage with the company or companies best suited for your particular needs.

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

Evinto Solutions

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!

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.

Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation

For over 25 years, Thetas 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

Advocating for children and families takes more than a good heart. You need a firm understanding of the law and an ability to function effectively in the legal system.

The Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Children's Law and Policy is a degree program tailored to help nonlegal professionals better serve children and families. Whether your field is social work or education, health care or law enforcement, a deeper knowledge of family law enables you to make a difference while it prepares you for a leadership position.

Navajo Jewelry & Crafts

Navajo Jewelry & Crafts. Specializing in Southwestern Indian jewelry handcrafted by family and extended family from the Navajo and Zuni tribes of New Mexico. Handcrafted in Sterling Silver with all natural stone and shell.

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.

Registration open

08:00 AM 01:00 PM Atlanta Conference Level Foyer

Training

CASA/GAL Facilitator skill building: Training of facilitators - REGISTRATION FULL

12:30 PM 05:00 PM Dunwoody

Audience: Facilitators of National CASA volunteer training - all levels of experience
(Attendees are required to attend both days)

Friday: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Come prepared to dive into the skills needed to inspire your volunteers to move forward with confidence. Topics will include cultural competency, core principles for a learning-centered approach, creating a safe place for all in the classroom and in a virtual environment, and running your continuing education program. There is no extra charge for attending this 1.5-day pre-conference workshop.

Registration open

01:30 PM 08:00 PM Centennial Ballroom Pre-Function area

Registration open

07:00 AM 07:00 PM Centennial Ballroom Pre-Function area

Training

CASA/GAL Facilitator skill building: Training of facilitators - REGISTRATION FULL

08:30 AM 04:30 PM Dunwoody

Audience: Facilitators of National CASA volunteer training - all levels of experience
(Attendees are required to attend both days)

Friday: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Come prepared to dive into the skills needed to inspire your volunteers to move forward with confidence. Topics will include cultural competency, core principles for a learning-centered approach, creating a safe place for all in the classroom and in a virtual environment, and running your continuing education program. There is no extra charge for attending this 1.5-day pre-conference workshop.
Leadership

State Director meeting - by invitation

08:30 AM 04:30 PM Regency V

The State Directors Meeting is designed to build or hone executive skills among leaders in the CASA/GAL network. State 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.

Leadership

Local Program Director meeting

09:00 AM 04:30 PM Regency VI

💥NEW this year!

The Local Program Directors Meeting is 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.

Exhibitors / Marketplace / Bookstore Open

12:00 PM 05:00 PM Centennial Ballroom Pre-Function area

Opening welcome reception

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Centennial Ballroom I

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!

Morning flow yoga

05:45 AM 06:45 AM Regency V

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.

Instructor: Brad Ray, National CASA Senior National Program Officer, WA

Continental breakfast

06:45 AM 07:45 AM Grand Hall Foyer

Included in registration

Registration open

07:00 AM 07:00 PM Centennial Ballroom Pre-Function Area

Plenary Session

Opening Plenary session I

08:00 AM 09:45 AM Centennial Ballroom II & III

Speakers

Exhibitors / Marketplace / Bookstore Open

08:00 AM 05:00 PM Centennial Ballroom Pre-Function area

Book signing, Victoria Rowell

09:45 AM 10:00 AM

Speakers

Master Workshop Session A

Birth and foster parent partnerships: Strengthening families and improving outcomes

10:00 AM 11:15 AM Regency V

Facilitating positive connections between foster parents and birth parents supports the engagement and participation levels of birth parents while increasing family connectedness, reducing childhood trauma and expediting permanency and the increased likelihood of reunification. In this session, you will hear from a birth parent and foster parent about how these connections, when healthy and strong, provide both children and their parents with additional supportive relationships that continue in their lives. Participants will learn about specific strategies that CASA/GAL advocates can use to further support these relationships.

Speakers

factsheets_families_partnerships.pdf Download Link
Final - BFPP Position Statement_2 (1).pdf Download Link
Final - Press Release - BPFP Convening 9-5-17 (1).docx Download Link
Final Final BFPP Policy-Practice Brief.pdf Download Link
Master Workshop Session A

At the crossroads: The intersection of child welfare and immigration

10:00 AM 11:15 AM Regency VII

This workshop will feature a panel discussing the complex case issues that come up when immigration enforcement and child welfare intersect. Panelists will discuss how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and state child welfare stakeholders can work together to ensure the safety of a child and preservation of the family unit. Panelists will guide participants through case examples to engage their participation and help them better understand these challenging situations.

Speakers

2019_Protections under TVPRA and Flores_Young Center.pdf Download Link
2019_Young Center Child Advocate Backgrounder.pdf Download Link
CASA Immigration panel-ABA slides.pptx Download Link
Immigration in CWS Case Studies.pdf Download Link
Master Workshop Session A

Strengthening families through the ICW lens with protective factors

10:00 AM 11:15 AM Hanover C

In this interactive session, presenters will discuss the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) as best practice in strengthening families with protective factors they need to be successful. Presenters will focus on those aspects of ICWA, and the new federal regulations, that impact case plans and reunification. They will also discuss effectively engaging Tribes as partners in problem solving. Participants will be invited to engage in active problem solving and sharing their ideas. There will also be a discussion about the Texas ICWA case on appeal at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Speakers

Master Workshop Session A

Trauma informed systems of care: Creating a culture of well-being

10:00 AM 11:15 AM Centennial IV

Trauma Informed Care is a framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of various types of trauma. Individuals who have been traumatized need targeted support and services to recover and lead meaningful and productive lives. However, those impacted by trauma are often unintentionally re-traumatized by the individuals and agencies set up to support them. Understanding the impact of trauma and re-traumatization is critical to providing the most appropriate and effective care for those who need it. This interactive workshop is designed to provide participants with a greater understanding of trauma and the steps necessary to create an organizational culture of well-being for those we serve.

Speakers

CASA Presentation Trauma Informed Care Creating a Culture of Wellbeing.pdf Download Link
Master Workshop Session A

The intersection of domestic violence and the resolve of families

10:00 AM 11:15 AM Regency VI

In this session, participants will learn about the impact of family violence including domestic violence among siblings, children’s violence toward parents and partner violence. This is a complicated issue that often has deep roots generationally. Participants will learn how families impacted by domestic violence can heal and thrive with appropriate supports and understanding providers.

Speakers

Master Workshop Session A

Supporting commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) on the journey to coercion-resilience

10:00 AM 11:15 AM Hanover D, E

Presentation Materials

While the commercial sexual exploitation of children involves heinous injustice and a devastating lifestyle for victims, CSEC youth oftentimes exhibit strong attachments to their exploiters and/or the lifestyle of commercial sexual exploitation. This session will explore the impact of psychological coercion in CSEC as well as one promising resource: Ending The Game, a survivor-written coercion-resiliency curriculum being utilized by over 500 service providers in 24 states. Participants in this session will learn foundational knowledge for understanding CSEC youth and practical skills to help CSEC youth on their journey to health.

Speakers

Ending The Game Informational Flyer 2019.pdf Download Link
Governance

Governance leadership: Closing the generation gap on boards

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Dunwoody

There are currently five generations in the volunteer force: Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y/Millennial, and Gen Z. While nonprofits are struggling to manage a multi-generational workforce, the need to manage a multi-generational board as developed as well. This session examines the history and reality of the generation gap, especially for board development. We will also explore challenges with multiple generations and strategies to help overcome issues of the generation gap.

Speakers

Closing the Generation Gap on Boards.pdf Download Link
Plenary Session

Sunday Plenary session II

11:30 AM 12:15 PM Centennial Ballroom II & III

Speakers

Lunch and Networking on your own

12:15 PM 01:30 PM

Plenary Session

Sunday Plenary session III

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Centennial Ballroom II & III

Speakers

Sub-Plenary Session B

Understanding addiction: Squirrel logic

02:45 PM 03:45 PM Centennial IV

When we become frustrated with alcoholics and addicts the problem is  not them, it is us. It is our expectations of what they should be able to do and understand that causes us grief. When we understand addiction as a chronic brain disease, it all starts to make sense This session looks at the effects of alcohol and drugs on the brain, a working definition of addiction, and how best to confront the problem.

Speakers

CASA Squirrel Brain - HO.pdf Download Link
CASA Strategies - HO.pdf Download Link
Sub-Plenary Session B

Care and custody inside a broken system

02:45 PM 03:45 PM Centennial I

This presentation will showcase what CASA/GAL advocates can do to strengthen and support children and families impacted by poverty, substance abuse, mental health challenges, and lack of available services. Using her newly-published book, Care & Custody: A Novel of Three Children at Risk, as a case study, Gershun will address the fundamental questions at the heart of our work: What happened to put these children at risk? What services could have kept this family together? And how can we help them now?
Speaker:
Martha Gershun, Writer & Consultant, MG Consulting, former Executive Director of Jackson County CASA, Missouri

Speakers

Governance

Governance leadership: Fundamentals of good leadership

02:45 PM 03:45 PM Dunwoody

The ability to lead others is an important part of your professional effectiveness. But exactly what is leadership? What are the roles and responsibilities of a leader? How is leading different from managing? Why is it becoming more important than ever? This course will answer these questions and increase your understanding of leadership competencies such as emotional intelligence, ethics, and decisiveness.

Speakers

Fundamentals of Good Leadership.pdf Download Link
Workshop Session C

Family first prevention services act: Opportunities and implications

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Regency VI

The Family First Prevention Service Act, signed into law in 2018, provides new opportunities for strengthening families impacted by substance abuse. In this session, learn about key components of the law including prevention, relative placement, reducing group home placement and using evidence-based interventions.

Tim Decker, Senior Fellow, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Speakers

AECF FFA training for CASA 6-2-19.pdf Download Link
Workshop Session C

Mitigating the effects of the trauma of addiction within the family system

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Regency V

Presenters will use both personal and socio-medical framework and knowledge to share how addiction impacts the family unit, and strategies that can be used to mitigate secondary trauma on the family, children and caregivers of the substance user as well as encourage family support and participation in recovery. This presentation aims to encourage family unification and strength, as opposed to punitive measures that are counterproductive to effective treatment.

Trish Kinkle, Program Manager, CASA of Philadelphia and Jen Bellot, Associate Dean and CASA volunteer, Academic Practice Integration at the Jefferson College of Nursing

Speakers

Mitigating the Effects of the Trauma of Addiction.pdf Download Link
Workshop Session C

Working with people in active addiction

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Hanover D, E

Following his presentation on "Understanding addiction: Squirrel logic," Dr. Lander will share strategies that help support families who are struggling with addiction, from medically assisted treatment (MAT) to other types of emotional and social supports.

Brad Lander, PhD, LICDC-CS, Clinical Psychologist, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Speakers

Workshop Session C

Parental visitations, substance abuse and the impact on permanence

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Regency VII

Parental visitations are one of the most important, yet largely overlooked components of a child’s foster care case. It is imperative that we work together with families and service providers to enhance parental visitations and positively impact permanence. For the child who has a parent struggling with substance abuse and living in a facility to address their addiction, vis