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Join us this year in Denton for the 2018 Texas CASA Conference as we Tune In to CASA!

Registration is now closed!

Across Texas, CASA is at the forefront of effectively advocating for a brighter future for all Texas children, and we want everyone to Tune In and take notice. Now is the time to dial in to the needs of the local CASA programs so that we can continue to broadcast our message to an even larger audience. Together, we can ensure that we are all on the same wavelength as we effectively grow our network and provide the highest level of advocacy.

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Tickets

Registration for the 2018 Texas CASA Conference will open in August!

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Speakers

“Steve Pemberton was one of the most incredible speakers I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.  His own personal story had the audience standing in ovation at the end.”

– Cyracom International

Opening Keynote | Friday 9:00-10:30 AM

Steve Pemberton

Chief Human Resources Officer, Globoforce & Best Selling Author

Steve Pemberton’s triumphant life journey, now a major motion picture, is about defying the seemingly insurmountable odds of the path of the unchosen.

A Chance in the World, drawn from his critically acclaimed memoir of the same title, recounts how Steve was orphaned into foster care, then abandoned and betrayed by the very individuals entrusted with his care. Yet these challenges only fueled his desire to become a man of resilience, determination and vision.

Steve’s keynotes, like his life story, amplify his highly motivational messages: believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.

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Thursday, Oct. 18 | 1:00 – 4:30 PM

Thursday Sessions Descriptions

WHY MUST WE “SEE” COLOR? MOVING TOWARD A RADICALIZED UNDERSTANDING OF CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES

Shari Johnson, LMSW, ACSW, The Traveling Diversity Professor

GETTING IT RIGHT FOR KIDS | PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP ASSESSMENTS

Bob Lewis, M.Ed., M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., Executive Director, Special Adoption Family Services

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Connie Almeida, PhD, LSSP, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Fort Bend County

TOGETHER WE CAN! FAMILY ENGAGEMENT THAT HELPS CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES HEAL & THRIVE

Dr. Jill Stoddart, Director of Research, Development & Outcomes for Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region; Diane Randall, author of Trusting Loving Connections – A Trauma Informed Parenting Intervention; Kevin Campbell, Family Finding Model Author & Youth Permanency Expert

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ADVERSITY, STRESS, & TRAUMA: FINDING THE PATHWAYS TO RESILIENCE

Daniel Keating, Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics, University of Michigan School of Education

friday, oct. 19 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Friday Morning Sessions Descriptions

EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY A-Z

Jamie Bernstein, Assistant Director, Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission; Cheri Leutz, Staff Attorney & CASA Supervisor, Dallas CASA; Diane Sumoski, Associate Clinical Professor, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

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EXAMINING WHITE ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE: THE JOURNEY TO AN EQUITABLE & INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATION!

Charlotte Caples, Chief Equity Officer, Charlotte Caples Consulting, LLC

THE POWER OF NETWORKS

Kevin Campbell, Family Finding Model Author and Youth Permanency Expert

UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA BASED CLINICAL TREATMENT & BEST PRACTICES FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE & THEIR FAMILIES

Katie Compton, M.A., LPC, RPT, CFLE, IMH-E (II), Licensed Professional Counselor

friday, oct. 19 | 1:30 – 5:00 PM

Friday Afternoon Sessions Descriptions

TAILORING TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE TO THE NEEDS OF ALL CHILDREN

Colleen Horton, MPAff, Policy Program Officer, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and Megan Mooney, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

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TOWARDS US & US: CREATING SHARED WORLDS & UNDERSTANDINGS ON THE ROAD TO EQUITY, INCLUSION & RACIAL JUSTICE

Martha Ramos Duffer, Psy.D., Founder, Quantum Possibilities

THE NEW A.I. (APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY) – WHAT WORKS AND WHY

Dr. Jill Stoddart, Director of Research, Development and Outcomes for Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region; Diane Randall, author of Trusting Loving Connections – A Trauma Informed Parenting Intervention; Kevin Campbell, Family Finding Model Author and Youth Permanency Expert

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WELL-BEING STARTS WITH ME

Debi Grebenik, Ph.D., LCSW, Chief Knowledge Officer, Alia

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Check out all of the speakers and sessions!

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location

We’re heading to Denton, Texas!

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center
3100 Town Center Trail
Denton, TX 76201 | Directions

Hotels

Texas CASA has secured a room block with discounted room rates at the conference hotel as well as two overflow hotels. The room block will not be available until you have registered for the conference. The discount codes will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center (Conference Location) 


  • $149 + 13% tax = $168.37/night for single & double
  • $159 + 13% tax = $179.67/night for triple
  •  $169 + 13% tax = $190.97/night for quadruple

Discounted rates are available until September 27 or when the block fills up, whichever comes first.

Hilton Garden Inn


3110 Colorado Boulevard
Denton, TX 76210 | Map

  • $119/night

Discounted rates are available until September 26 or when the block fills up, whichever comes first.

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FAQ

You’ve got questions. We have answers!

Check out some of the common questions we hear regarding all things conference.

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Schedule

 THURSDAY | OCTOBER 18
Conference Check-in & Exhibitors
Meetings with the CEO (by invitation only)
Concurrent Sessions
Twilight Tunes Concert
Join us for live music on the Denton Square! Shuttles will be provided from the hotel.
 FRIDAY | October 19
Conference Check-in & Exhibitors
Opening General Session
Featuring Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and Opening Keynote Steve Pemberton
Concurrent Sessions 
Lunch on your own
Concurrent Sessions 
CASA After Party
 saturday | October 20
Exhibitors
Closing General Session

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Sponsors

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Jane Quentan Piper

Friends and Family of Melissa Jones

Dallas Women’s Foundation

praesidium

Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union

Stch ministries

Suzanne and Don Maloney

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