Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer: Changing Advocacy to Change Futures

Event Details

Texas CASA invites you to attend the 2020 Child Welfare Primer: Changing Advocacy to Change Futures!

The Primer will take place in Austin on Monday, March 9, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year we are taking an in depth look at outcomes and advocacy for infants in their early years in foster care, and older adolescent youth at risk of aging out.

Thank you to our sponsor!


Registration is officially closed.

If you have any questions about registration or need to substitute or cancel, contact Communications Specialist Emma Ledford at [email]eledford@texascasa.org[/email].

Event Details


Norris Conference Center
2525 West Anderson Lane #365
Austin, TX 78757 | Map

The Norris Conference Center is located behind the Wal-Mart in the Northcross Mall shopping center.


Complimentary parking is available at the conference center.


Business casual. Bring a sweater, as room temperatures may vary.


A first-come, first-served room block at the rate of $129 plus tax/night is available at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Arboretum. The discounted rate is available through Feb. 16, 2020, or until the block is filled.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Arboretum
10711 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78759

To reserve your room, call 1-800-465-4329 and mention the group name “Child Welfare Primer.”


8:30 a.m. | Check-in opens

Breakfast and coffee will be provided

9 a.m. | Welcome & Introductions

Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs

9:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Advocacy for Infants in their Early Years in Foster Care

Dr. Prachi Shah, MD, Associate Professor, The University of Michigan

With extensive clinical research studying and understanding the developmental needs of young children, Dr. Shah specializes in pediatric behavioral health. We invite you to come and learn about developmental milestones during this critical time in a child’s life and the importance of caregiver attachment and security. Come learn how CASA can better advocate for and support the needs of young children and their families.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Lunch & networking

Lunch will be provided

1 P.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Welcome & Introductions

Kristene Blackstone, Associate Commissioner for Child Protective Services

1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Preparing Youth for the Transition to Young Adulthood

Panel Presentation

Our afternoon panel presentation will be focused on how we can better prepare youth at risk of aging out of foster care. Each year, approximately 1,200 youth age out of foster care in Texas. These youth face a number of challenges after exiting the state’s care, often at risk of experiencing homelessness, loss of health coverage, and the inability to secure employment. We invite you to join our afternoon panel as they discuss how we can equip youth with a safe and supportive transition into young adulthood, outside of foster care.

Afternoon break and snack will be provided

3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Closing remarks – Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs

Followed by evaluations and certificates of attendance


If you have any questions, contact the Public Policy team at [email]publicpolicy@texascasa.org[/email].

Thank you to our sponsor!