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Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer

The 2019 Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer: Essential Advocacy for Child & Family Well-Being will take place on February 4, 2019, at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown. The two-part event will start at 9:00 a.m. with a morning session covering Texas CASA’s Legislative Priorities exclusively for local CASA program volunteers, staff and board members. The afternoon session will include lunch followed by two panel discussions on substance abuse and normalcy for children and youth in the foster care system. The afternoon session is open to all child welfare stakeholders, legislators and legislative staff, in addition to the CASA network.

To register, click the button below that corresponds to your role.

Registration will close on January 18 or once we reach capacity, whichever comes first.

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Part 1 | CASA Network Only
Check-In  | Capital Ballroom
Overview of Texas CASA Legislative Priorities
CASA Day at the Capitol Preparation
Part 2 | CASA Network & Stakeholders
Networking Lunch | Hotel Atrium
Welcome Remarks | Capital Ballroom
Panel on Substance Use & Abuse: Moving the Conversation Forward
Panel on Normalcy: Challenges & Opportunities in Foster Care
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Meals Included

Lunch will be provided in the hotel atrium from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.


Texas CASA has secured a block of rooms at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown for $219/night. To book a room, call 1-800-843-6664. The cutoff is January 4, 2019.

Click here for other nearby hotel options.


Discounted parking will be available – stay tuned for more information.


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Panel 1 | Substance Use & Abuse: Moving the Conversation Forward

Moderator: Leah Davies, UT-Austin Center for Disability Studies


  • Karen Polombo, Women’s Substance Abuse Services Coordinator at HHSC
  • Marco Quesada, Substance Use Specialist at CPS
  • Sherry Santa, Medical Education Program Coordinator and Adoptive Parent
Panel 2 | Normalcy: Challenges & Opportunities in Foster Care

Moderator: Jesse Booher, Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services


  • Lanna Switzer, Case Manager at New Horizons Ranch RTC
  • Megan Zellner, Foster Adoption Program Director at The Settlement Home for Children
  • Laura Wells, Foster Parent
  • Amber Krause, Residential Child Care Licensing


If you have any questions about the Primer, contact the Public Policy team at .

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