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!)

Do you work for an agency or organization and would like to set up invoicing for multiple conference registrations? Please contact Kendal Braun, Training & Administrative Coordinator, at 410-828-6761 or Kendal@marylandcasa.org

Hotel Room Block Information

Maryland CASA has requested room blocks at the following locations for those who will be visiting from out-of-town:

Hampton Inn & Suites Annapolis (124 Womack Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401)

> Rate: $120/night (2 Queen Beds)

> Make Reservation: Click HERE or call 1-800-426-7866 and reference "CASA Conference"

> Deadline: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Country Inn & Suites (2600 Housely Road, Annapolis, MD 21401)

> Rate: $106/night

> Make Reservation: To book at the discounted rate, please call 410-571-6700 and reference "CASA Conference" *Link Coming Soon!*

Day One Details

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.

View Agenda & Session Descriptions

Evening Social Hour

Following Day ONE of the conference, please join us at the Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille in Annapolis for continued conversation, networking, and complimentary appetizers! *Cash bar available

Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m. (2-for-1 drinks until 6:00 p.m.!)

Location: The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille (177 Jennifer Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401)

Website: https://thegreeneturtle.com/location/annapolis-md/

Day Two Details

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.

View Agenda & Workshop Descriptions

Our Keynote Speaker (Day Two)

Ericka Alston–Buck is the Chief Strategist for EAB Strategy & Impact and the Founder of the Penn North Kids Safe Zone. 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.”

CEUs & In-Service Training Hours

CASA Volunteers: You will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the conference. If you leave early, you must stop by the registration desk before exiting so we can note it in our records; you will receive a certificate with the adjusted hours.

Social workers: We are authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to provide Category I CEUs. If you need CEUs, you must:

1. Pick up a ‘Continuing Education Request Form’ at the registration desk and return it by the end of the day. Be sure to have your License number on hand.

2. Sign In and Sign Out – We will base your # of CEU hours off of this, and if you forget to sign in or out, we are unable to issue your CEUs.

MLSP: We are authorized to issue MLSP Training Hours for attorneys representing children under contract with the Maryland Legal Services Program. If you need MLSP Training Hours, you must:

1.  Pick up ‘Continuing Education Request Form’ at the registration desk and return it by the end of the day.

2.  Sign In and Sign Out – We will base your # of Training Hours off of this, and if you forget to sign in or out, we are unable to issue your Training Hours

NOTE: We have applied to the Board of Professional Counselors & Therapists to issue Category A CE hours for this program. We will update this post with information if we are approved.