2018 State Conference

April 11th
 7:30 am - 8:30 am ~ Registration
 8:30 am - 4:30 pm ~ Conference
 5:30 pm ~ Awards Ceremony

CASA Day at the capitol

April 12th
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Gordon Persons Building
50 North Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36130

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Hotel Information: 

*two locations to choose from

1. Hilton Garden Inn Montgomery East
1600 Interstate Park Drive
Montgomery, AL 36109
Group Code: CAS 
 $96/night + tax (must use group code to receive rate)

(breakfast included)

2. Homewood Suites by Hilton Montgomery
1800 Interstate Park Drive
Montgomery, AL 36109
Group Code: CAS
$96/night + tax (must use group code to receive rate)
(breakfast included)



Join us for the 2018 Alabama CASA State Conference and CASA Day at the Capitol. We have an amazing group of speakers for this year's conference including keynote speaker, Josh Johnson, WSFA Chief Meteorologist, who is speaking on opioid addiction and the impact on families. The conference will also include breakout sessions for CASA Staff, Volunteers, Board Members, Judges, GAL's, Social Workers, Foster Parents, concerned community members, and more. Day two, we will go to the Capitol to see our legislators and get a legislative update. 

State Conference: 
will take place on Wednesday, April 11th located at the Gordon Persons Building in Montgomery, Alabama. Registration at 7:30 am - 8:30 am. Conference will begin at 8:30 am. Awards Ceremony at 5:30 pm, Located at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Montgomery.
CASA Day at the Capitol:
On April 12th, all participants are invited to attend the CASA Day at the Capitol.
We will meet at the Gordon Persons Building at 8:00 am to go over details of the day.
Please wear your CASA t-shirt that was provided with registration.
Attendance to the second day is no additional cost. 


Day 1: state conference

7:30-8:30: Registration
8:30: Welcome by Alabama CASA Network
8:45: Keynote Speaker: Josh Johnson
9:45: Breakout Session #1
11:45: Lunch
12:45: Breakout Session #2
2:15: Breakout Session #3
3:45: Closing Session
5:30 Awards Ceremony  (Homewood Suites by Hilton Montgomery)

Day 2: CASA Day at the capitol

8:00: Meet at the Gordon Persons Building
 *Schedules to be announced per district

Meet Our Keynote Speaker

Josh johnson

Josh Johnson is a face the people of central Alabama recognize well. Johnson is the Chief Meteorologist for WSFA 12 News out of Montgomery, AL. Johnson has held the position since April 2015. When asked about why he wanted to join CASA as a keynote, he said "Drugs affect millions of families across the country; no family is immune. That's a lesson that I learned the hard way. I'll share our family's life and death struggle with drug addiction and it's aftermath."
We are excited to welcome Josh to our conference and to hear his story. 




Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session #1: 9:45 a.m.

The Life of a Dependency Case
by Johnathon Schlenker, Assistant Attorney General, State of Alabama,
Alabama Department of Human Resources, Birmingham, Alabama

Suggested attendees: CASA Program Staff, CASA volunteers, Board of Directors, foster parents

The ABC's of Educational Advocacy
by Lorraine Barnes and Teresa Moulton, Alabama Parent Education Center
Have you ever wondered what IEPs, 504s, BBSST, SST, LD, ED, ACT, Global Scholar, and a host of other unknown acronyms and terms mean?  Then you need to join Lorraine Barnes and Teresa Moulton for this session on navigating the ins and outs of helping children get the education services they need.
Suggested attendees: CASA Staff, CASA Volunteers, Social Workers, Foster Parents

New Drug, Behavioral and Cultural Trends Stemming from Media Influences
by Corporal Pam Revels, President, TAASRO
s our society evolves, adaptations by our youth to fulfill their social craving have changed over time from face-to-face interaction to social networking. Media in all forms can have a profound negative influence on adolescences and may be considered “super” peer pressure. Media outlets such as YouTube offer our youth the venue to view other peer made videos promoting drug use and violence causing desensitization and lowering of their inhibitions ultimately affecting their behavior. Acceptance of this type of media influence by our youth, as a sense of normalcy, can diminish their fear or anxiety resulting in a dangerous high-risk culture. This presentation will take you on a journey from Pixy Stix to Miley Cyrus identifying new trends through a series of collected media sources, which will enlighten even the most verse in youth behavior and culture. Upon completion of this session, the audience will have the skills needed to recognize, track and stay abreast on current adolescent issues.
-Introduce “super” peer pressure concept
-Identify new drug, behavioral and cultural trends
-Showcase adolescences lowered inhibitions using media outlets
-Understand the extent of media influences on adolescence
-Skills to recognize, track and stay abreast on current adolescence issue
Suggested attendees: All attendees welcome

Breakout Session #2: 12:45 p.m.

Sexting and Porn
by Katie Beth McCarthy, Executive Director, and Kathryn Clark, Program Manager, of the Alabama Children's Advocacy Center
In today’s media rich society, porn is available to youth at the touch of a button and sexting has become a common term. Come hear the Executive Director and Program Manager of the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers present about both as they pertain to what children and youth are accessing on their phones and other devices, and the impact and effects on their lives.
Suggested attendees: All attendees welcome

Working with Older Youth / Aging Out of Foster Care
by Ebone Kimber, Children's Aid Society
As Independent Living Program Director, Ebone Kimber is well versed in working with older youth who are seeking independence, but are still in the Foster Care system.  This session will give volunteers, staff, and community partners information and resources to help guide teens to successful transition to independence.
Suggested attendees: CASA staff, CASA volunteers, social workers, foster parents, guardians ad litem

Dealing with Suicide
by James Thomas, Licensed Counselor, and Layne Stone, Student
Layne Stone has first hand knowledge of battling suicidal thoughts. James Thomas, Executive Director of Dallas County CASA and Licensed Counselor, will give an overview of resources for helping children and youth battling depression and suicidal thoughts.   
Suggested attendees: All attendees welcome

Breakout Session #3: 2:15 p.m.

The Art of Testifying in Court
by Todd Crutchfield, Attorney, Alabama CASA Board President, CASA Volunteer
Testifying in court is an art, one that can only be mastered through practice and experience. The next time you are called upon to take the stand, remember that as a witness you are the artist. The audience- in particular the judge- is your canvas. Your paintbrushes are the words you choose and your paints are the facts you must relate. Although you must never change the facts, the way you apply them to the canvas can make all the difference. This session is for those of you who, as part of your work for children, must occasionally take the stand and paint a picture for the judge.
Suggested attendees: CASA volunteer, CASA program staff, foster parents, social worker

Effects of Trauma and Transitions on Child Development
by Sonia Martin, Adoption - Trauma Family Counselor, Children's Aid Society
Taking its cue from the Polyvagal Theory, this engaging workshop will demonstrate sensory and compression components to help biologically mitigate negative behaviors in children who have experienced trauma. The polyvagal theory has many implications for the study of stress, emotion, and social behavior. Participants will learn and understand the underlying functions of the brain, how the chronic presence of cortisol and adrenaline obstructs typical development in children and how to set their environment up for success. Various sensory and compression specific items will be demonstrated and will be on display to assist in both the home and school environment to teach participants how to “Fill the Bucket” of their child’s sensory and regulatory systems. Additionally, Sonia will be providing participants with practical, evidenced based strategies to help alleviate typical trauma behavior to include, Lying, Cheating, Stealing, Hoarding, Violence & Aggression. If you have ever walked away from a training wanting some real-life help in understanding how to practically help a child in your care then this is the training for you.
Suggested attendees: All attendees welcome

Sexual Abuse
by Deb Snyder, Children's Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services
Suggested attendees: All attendees welcome

Closing Session: 3:45 p.m.

Drug Awareness and Safety in Visits
by Montgomery County Sheriffs Department
This session is used by the Sheriff’s Department for training of new deputies, jail personnel, and other law enforcement and civilian audiences where first-hand contact is possible.  Topics will include drug recognition, safety, and awareness.
Suggested attendees: All attendees welcome