Call for Presenters


Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Association is seeking presenters for its 11th annual conference, entitled Standing Strong for Children and Youth, to be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Judicial College Education & Conference 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 below and on the Call for Presenters. Please consider submitting a workshop proposal, recommend other potential speakers, or forward this information to colleagues who may be interested. The deadline for submissions is January 27th.

View Call for Presenters

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Conference Format
The conference will feature a keynote address followed by 12-15 workshops, divided between one morning and two afternoon time slots. 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.

Conference Audience
The conference is expected to draw more than 200 CASA volunteers, staff, children’s attorneys, social workers, graduate students and other child welfare professionals. Presenters are entitled to free admission to the conference and will be recognized in the conference program.

Workshop Topics
Workshop proposals are encouraged from service providers and professionals with expertise in subjects relating to children under court protection due to abuse and/or neglect. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Advocating for children/youth with special needs (e.g. physical, mental, emotional/behavioral disabilities, etc.)
  •  Advocating for children at different developmental stages (e.g. infants, toddlers, adolescents, etc.)
  • Building relationships with professionals involved in the child’s case
  • Developing cultural competency, intercultural communication
  • Educational advocacy (e.g. special education, educational stability, etc.)
  • Helping older foster youth transition to independent living, adult services, etc.
  • Maintaining boundaries and remaining objective
  • Protecting foster youth from human trafficking and working with survivors
  • Public policy affecting children & youth in foster care
  • Substance abuse in children and families
  • Trauma‐informed care
  • Use of psychotropic medication in children andadolescents
  • Working with LGBTQ youth
  • Working with families with Limited English Proficiency; immigrant families

Thanks for your help in making our 11th annual conference a success and we look forward to receiving your proposal!

Please contact us at (410) 828-6761 or if you have any questions or need additional information.