The 2022 Texas CASA Conference will be back in person on July 21-22, 2022, in Denton! Learning from Lived Experiences: “Nothing About Us Without Us” will focus on centering the voices of youth and families and elevating the advocacy CASA programs provide. The schedule is packed with powerful speakers sharing their stories and expertise on how we can all strengthen our support for children and families in the child welfare system.
The conference will kick off with keynote speaker Sixto Cancel! Sixto is the founder and CEO of Think of Us. He grew up in and aged out of the foster care system. His personal lived experience has ignited his work to transform the foster care system using the voices and experience of people whose lives have been touched by the system. His nonprofit bridges the gap between policy and practice; and brings together people with the passion to transform the child welfare system so that every person has the conditions they need to heal, develop and thrive.
Continue reading to learn more about this year’s speakers.
Registration Cost: $400/person
Due to ongoing concerns related to the pandemic, capacity will be limited to 300 registrants. Registration is now open on a first-come, first-served basis until July 1, or capacity is reached (whichever comes first).
Full refunds will be granted if cancelled before registrations closes on July 1, 2022, or the event reaches capacity, whichever comes first. No refunds will be granted after that – only substitutions will be allowed.
DAY 1: THURSDAY, JULY 21
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
DAY 2: FRIDAY, JULY 22
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Get to Know the Speakers
- Think of Us, founded by keynote speaker Sixto Cancel, recently launched the Center for Lived Experience, a groundbreaking research, policy, and community initiative that integrates the insights, data, and leadership of people with lived experience.
- Chad Houser (speaker) was recently featured in Nation’s Restaurant News and shared how Cafe Momentum gives formerly incarcerated youths a path to stability.
- Now in its second season, Seen Out Loud hosted by Matt Anderson (speaker) all started with two powerful episodes featuring Slam Anderson and Shrounda Selivanoff, who will both join Matt on the stage at this year’s conference.
- Brittany K. Barnett (speaker) sat down with Texas Monthly to discuss her book, A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom, and her dedication to transforming the criminal justice system.
- Cortney Jones (facilitator) elevates the voices of children, youth and families who have experienced the child welfare system. She has worked in policy development, advocacy, public education, housing, and individual case management for more than 18 years. Her work is guided by her unique experiences: previous DFPS state office employee, foster parent, an adoptive mother of two and also someone who lived through the foster care system herself for 10 years. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Change 1, a volunteer program that brings together community organizations, nonprofits, churches, and schools to increase volunteerism, mentoring, and fostering to youth 15-26 years old coming from the foster care system.
Learn more about each speaker and get details on conference logistics on the conference website.