2018 Maryland CASA Conference


Please mark your calendar for Maryland CASA’s 12th Annual Conference! This year’s conference will feature TWO DAYS of professional education on topics of critical importance to the welfare of children under court protection due to child abuse and neglect.

Conference Dates, Times & Location

DAY ONE: Friday, April 27, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

DAY TWO: Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Judicial College & Education Conference Center (2011D Commerce Park Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Conference Rates (One-Day & Two-Day Rates Available!)

CASA Volunteers, Staff, Board Members, Resource Parents & Students:

One-Day Early Bird (Ends 3/2/2018) | $40
Two-Day Early Bird (Ends 3/2/2018) | $70

One-Day Regular | $50
Two-Day Regular | $85

Social Workers, Children's Attorneys, Judges & Magistrates, etc.:

One-Day Early Bird (Ends 3/2/2018) | $85
Two-Day Early Bird (Ends 3/2/2018) | $150

One-Day Regular | $95
Two-Day Regular | $165


DAY ONE will provide an in-depth look at the intersection of substance abuse and child welfare. An estimated 70% of Child in Need of Assistance (CINA) cases involve substance abuse and we are beginning to see the effects of the growing opioid epidemic on families as increasing numbers of children are born drug-exposed, parents are dying of overdoses, etc.

Are we prepared to address the needs of this increasing population of children and families entering the child welfare system? DAY ONE will feature plenary speakers and panel discussions with national and regional experts on substance abuse to help judges, magistrates, child welfare, legal and other professionals, CASA advocates and others develop best practices for addressing these increasingly complex cases.


DAY TWO will feature our traditional conference format, with a dynamic keynote speaker to kick off the day, followed by three series of workshops on a variety of topics. Attendees will choose from 15 workshops including trauma, human trafficking, disabilities, educational advocacy, mental health, aging out youth, and many others.

Our Keynote Speaker (DAY TWO)

Ericka Alston–Buck is the Chief Executive Officer for Maryland Community Health Initiatives, Inc. the parent organization of The Penn North Recovery Center, The Penn North Community Resource Center, Penn North Supportive Housing Program and the New Penn North Kids Safe Zone where she serves as the Founding Director. The Kids Safe Zone is a safe recreational haven for the children in the Sandtown-Winchester community of West Baltimore, that launched in a small vacant 1,000 sq. foot laundromat and today serves nearly 100 children per day in over 5,000 sq. ft. The Kids Safe Zone was Ericka’s response to the uprising in Baltimore in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death.

Ericka is passionate about young people and helping them reach their full potential.  As a product of the inner city of West Baltimore, a teen mom destined to be a statistic, Ericka had a plan and it did not include failure. She has overcome every obstacle presented to her, furthered her education, committed to success, launched her own public relations firm, worked for the leading hip-hop station in the region, founded a non-profit and continues to give back to the community.

Ericka is a woman on a mission to be held accountable for the quality of the lives she touches. Ericka lives by the words that “we are never in competition with each other; your only competition is yourself; it is our responsibility to humanity to always walk in our purpose and be the absolute best version of ourselves.”