Call for Presenters

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Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association is seeking presenters for its 10th annual conference, entitled A Brighter Future for Mary;and’s Children & Youth, to be held on Saturday, April 9, 2015 at the Judiciary Education & Conference Center in Annapolis, MD.  The conference is a full-day of workshops for an audience made up of CASA volunteers and staff members, children’s attorneys and other child welfare professionals.

We are seeking speakers on a variety of topics, many of which are listed on the attached Call for Presenters.  The deadline for submissions is February 5th.  Please consider submitting a workshop proposal, recommend other potential speakers, or forward this information to colleagues who may be interested.

Please contact us at (410) 828-6761 or contact@marylandcasa.org if you have any questions or need additional information.  Thanks for your help in making our 10th annual conference a success and we look forward to receiving your proposal!

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About the Conference

Maryland CASA Association is the state association for Maryland’s fifteen Court Appointed Special Advocate programs, which recruit, train and supervise volunteers who are appointed by the court to serve as advocates for children under court protection due to abuse and neglect.  Maryland CASA is seeking proposals from professionals who are interested in conducting workshops at our 10th annual conference.  The conference will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Judiciary Education & Conference Center in Annapolis, MD.

The theme of this year’s conference is A Brighter Future for Maryland’s Children & Youth. The keynote speaker will be Mr. Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, who was recently appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.  A survivor of child abuse and human trafficking, Piraino-Guzman spent several years in foster care and, with the help of his CASA volunteer, persevered.  Today, he travels the country advocating for youth and teaching caregivers and service providers how to help children who have been traumatized.

Conference Format

The conference will feature a keynote address followed by 12-15 workshops, divided between one morning and two afternoon timeslots. The workshops will be 90 minutes in length and can be presented in the format of your choice.  Limited opportunities for two-part workshops and repeated workshops are available.  A mix of beginner and more advanced workshops will be selected.

Who Attends?

The conference is expected to draw more than 200 CASA volunteers, staff and board members, as well as children’s attorneys, social workers and other child welfare professionals.

Workshop Topics

Workshop proposals are encouraged from service providers and professionals with expertise in child welfare, health, mental health, education, etc. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Advocating for children/youth with special needs (e.g. medical/physical/developmental disabilities, etc.)
  • Helping older foster youth transition to independent living, adult services, etc.
  • Advocating for the young child
  • Building relationships with professionals involved in the child’s case
  • Developing cultural competence
  • Educational advocacy (e.g. special education, educational stability, etc.)
  • Protecting foster youth from human trafficking
  • Maintaining boundaries and remaining objective
  • Use of psychotropic medication in children and adolescents
  • Public policy affecting children & youth in foster care
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Substance abuse
  • Working with LGBTQ youth
  • Working with children from immigrant families