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.
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.
Be inspired by Erika Alston-Buck, who overcame her own addiction to regain custody of her children and has gone on to bring hope to vulnerable children and families in Baltimore through new programs and services. She has been featured on NBC News, ABC News, in The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, and several other media outlets.
Attendees will choose from 15 workshops including trauma, human trafficking, disabilities, educational advocacy, mental health, aging out youth, and many others.