2022 Texas CASA Conference

Learning From Lived Experiences:
"Nothing About Us Without Us"

Thank you for attending the Texas CASA Conference!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2022 Texas CASA Conference - Learning From Lived Experiences: "Nothing About Us Without Us." We hope you took away new insights to further your advocacy for children and families in the child welfare system. 

Learning From Lived Experiences

Hear from keynote speaker Sixto Cancel and facilitator Cortney Jones on the power and importance of centering the voices of youth with lived experiences.

2022 speakers

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sixto cancel

Founder and CEO, Think of Us
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Brittany K. Barnett

Attorney, Author and Founder
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cortney jones

Founder and CEO, Change 1
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Ebony Stewart

Poet, Writer, and Performance Artist
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matt anderson

Social Worker and Host of Seen Out Loud
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slam anderson

Outreach Director, The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center
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chad houser

Chef and Founder, Café Momentum
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Shrounda Selivanoff

Director of Public Policy, Children's Home Society of Washington
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Renellquiana Blackburn

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Brooke Shewmake

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Dr. Porshia Haymon

Chief Program Officer, Café Momentum
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Ronika Allen

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Evelyn Islas

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i'Munique Liggens

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The 2022 schedule

Day 1: Thursday, July 21

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Welcome Remarks

Featuring Vicki Spriggs, Texas CASA CEO


9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Keynote Address
Lived Experience Data: The Missing Data that Makes a Difference

Kick off the 2022 Texas CASA Conference with a powerful keynote address from Sixto Cancel on using lived experience to inform and drive case-level and system-level reform. Sixto is the Founder and CEO of Think of Us. Think of Us (TOU) is an Action Tank driving systematic change in child welfare.

Featuring Sixto Cancel, Founder and CEO, Think of Us


10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

We Matter! Youth Voices Panel

What resources do youth in foster care need the most? What support are they needing and looking for from the people involved in their cases? Hear directly from young people on their experiences within the child welfare system in this packed, youth-led panel facilitated by Cortney Jones, Founder and CEO of Change 1. These young professionals will discuss the changes they want to see and inspire the audience to reimagine the current system.

Featuring Ronika Allen, Renellquiana “Quiana” Blackburn, Sixto Cancel and Brooke Shewmake

Facilitated by Cortney Jones, Founder and CEO of Change 1


11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Big Things Happen When We Act Together

Join us for a powerful pause to reflect on how we can bring to life the strategies and insights our speakers have shared in the critical work we do every day. This short, dynamic session will be an opportunity to make connections with colleagues around the state and hear what others are carrying forward from our time together.

Led by Texas CASA staff


12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Lunch & Learn: Documentary Screening of Building Momentum*

FREE boxed lunch provided! Join us for lunch and a screening of the incredible documentary Building Momentum which tells the story of Café Momentum founder Chad Houser’s efforts to provide resources, opportunity and wraparound care to justice-involved youth in his hometown of Dallas. In an effort to support the program’s national expansion, the documentary explores the Café Momentum ecosystem of support including employment, education, community and mental health services, as well as the life-changing impact of the Momentum model on Dallas’s most at-risk youth. This is a fantastic optional session to learn more about Café Momentum before we hear from founder Chad Houser at the 1:45 PM session.

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1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Round Table Talk with Café Momentum
A New Approach to Working with Justice-Involved Youth

A roundtable discussion with Café Momentum Founder, Chad Houser, Chief Program Officer, Dr. Porshia Haymon, and Momentum Ambassadors. This roundtable discussion seeks to broaden horizons and deepen understanding of the Café Momentum program, model, and the impact created within the community. Attendees will walk away with a new perspective on finding solutions by listening to the young people they serve - as well as gain a better understanding of the importance of communicating across all institutions that have a direct impact upon a young person’s life (i.e., school, probation). Café Momentum’s mission is to transform young lives by equipping justice-involved youth with life skills, education and employment opportunities to help them achieve their full potential.

Featuring Chad Houser, Chef and Founder, Café Momentum; Dr. Porshia Haymon, Chief Program Officer, Café Momentum; and two young Ambassadors: Evelyn Islas and I'munique Liggens


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Fireside Chat with Brittany K. Barnett and Vicki Spriggs
Amplifying the Voices of Children and Families Impacted by the Criminal Justice System

An intimate conversation with Brittany K. Barnett, Justice Reform Advocate and author of A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom, and Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs. Barnett is an award-winning attorney and entrepreneur focused on transforming the criminal justice system. The conversation will focus on the importance of centering the voices and lived experiences of people directly impacted by the criminal justice system. Often their voices are missing from the conversation of reforming criminal justice, and their diverse stories and perspectives ignored. The session will also identify ways we can help to reduce the carceral footprint in this country and help prevent children from entering the criminal justice system.

Featuring Brittany K. Barnett, Attorney, Author and Founder of the Buried Alive Project, Girls Embracing Mothers, the Manifest Freedom Fund, and Milena Reign LLC


4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Imagination, Connection and Restoration

A chance for self-reflection to unpack what we’ve heard today and how it can influence our advocacy for children and families in the foster care system.

Led by Texas CASA staff


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Cocktail Hour

Mix and mingle with conference attendees at the cocktail hour provided by Embassy Suites.


7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Universities Grand Ballroom 

Dinner & Dessert


8:30 PM - 10:30 PM | Triangle Ballroom 

After Dinner Party

Day 2: Friday, July 22

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

My Need for Change: What If We Didn’t Have to Wait for Bad Enough?

This dynamic, multi-media session will engage the audience through spoken word poetry and podcast audio clips, as well as a panel discussion led by Matt Anderson, host of Seen Out Loud. The panelists, Slam Anderson and Shrounda Selivanoff, bring a unique depth of personal and professional expertise with the child welfare system. Clips from the Seen Out Loud podcast will help launch discussion of key topics related to relational well-being and parent engagement with a focus on prioritizing family as a critical element of child safety and well-being. Audience members will walk away with practical tips for how to authentically engage parents so that they are truly heard.

Featuring Matt Anderson, Social Worker and Host of Seen Out Loud; Slam Anderson, Outreach Director, The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center; and Shrounda Selivanoff, Director of Public Policy, Children's Home Society of Washington


10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Closing

Help us wrap up the 2022 Texas CASA Conference with a surprise guest performer!              

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Jane Quentan Piper

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