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Leading the Way to Brighter Futures

Leading the Way to Brighter Futures

National CASA/GAL Association 2022 Annual Conference and
National CASA/GAL Association 2022 Virtual Learning Experience & Institutes

In 2022, the National CASA/GAL Association for Children will offer two opportunities to come together for collaboration, training and professional development — an in-person Annual Conference in June and a Virtual Learning Experience in September. We invite you to join us for our Annual Conference in Seattle during our 40th anniversary year. This conference will bring our vibrant network together for in-depth learning, networking opportunities and collaborative discussions about the issues that impact our work and our future. A Virtual Learning Experience will also be available September of 2022 that will provide alternate training and connection opportunities.

Connect with Colleagues and Learn from the Best in Child Advocacy

The 2022 Annual Conference will provide an opportunity for you to network and connect with your CASA/GAL colleagues. Discussing current issues in-depth, connecting with CASA/GAL friends and peers, and sharing and learning from one another are always highlights of the Annual Conference – and these moments are especially needed after so much time apart.

The innovative and informative programming offered at the Annual Conference will help CASA/GAL local program and state organization staff, board members and volunteers enhance their knowledge, deepen their understanding of issues, and discuss promising practices that will advance our collective work. You will have the opportunity to hear directly from inspiring and knowledgeable plenary speakers, and conference sessions will provide exceptional learning opportunities on critical topics including advocacy skills and child welfare, leadership, governance, diversity and equity, fundraising and more.

Reflect on our Legacy and Help Shape the Future

Seattle is home to the National CASA/GAL Association for Children, and it’s where our movement of volunteer advocates found its start. Celebrate the Association’s 40th anniversary by coming together where it all began. You’ll be inspired by stories of those who have shaped our movement in the last four decades – and you will be a part of our enduring legacy.

As we work together to shape brighter futures for children, youth and families, we will be steered by a new strategic framework that will be introduced at the Annual Conference. You will be among the first to hear about the strategic goals and initiatives of the National CASA/GAL Association and the framework that will guide us into the future.

Registration is open

Registration is open

September 13-16 – Virtual Learning Experience & Institutes


Annual Conference Information

Annual Conference Schedule Overview at a Glance

All plenary sessions will be held in the Columbia Ballroom. Other room locations are listed below.

Saturday, June 4 

  • 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration and Check-In (3rd Floor Foyer) 
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Training of Facilitators (Ashnola) pre-registration required 
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. State Directors Meeting (Chelan) by invitation 
  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Local Program Directors Meeting (Quinault) 
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Opening Reception (Columbia Ballroom) sponsored by Orr Group

Sunday, June 5 

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast (3rd Floor Foyer) 
  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration and Check-In (3rd Floor Foyer) 
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening Plenary Session (Columbia Ballroom) 
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Workshop Session A 
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own 
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Afternoon Plenary Session (Columbia Ballroom) 
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sub-Plenary Sessions (Elwha and Quinault Ballrooms) 
  • 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Training of Facilitators (Ashnola) pre-registration required 
  • 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Workshop Session B 

Monday, June 6 

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast (3rd Floor Foyer) 
  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration and Check-In (3rd Floor Foyer) 
  • 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Morning Plenary Session (Columbia Ballroom) 
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Workshop Session C 
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Awards of Excellence Luncheon (Columbia Ballroom) sponsored by Loyola University Chicago 
  • 2:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Training of Facilitators (Ashnola) pre-registration required 
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Workshop Session D 
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CASA/GAL Volunteer’s Day Celebration (Columbia Ballroom) 

Tuesday, June 7 

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast (3rd Floor Foyer) 
  • 7:30 a.m. –10:00 a.m. Registration and Check-In (3rd Floor Foyer) 
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Closing Plenary Session (Columbia Ballroom) 
  • 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Networking Circles 
Awards of Excellence Celebration

The Awards of Excellence celebration will offer a special opportunity to recognize our colleagues, volunteers, judges and board members who bring innovation and dedication to their work to advance the CASA/GAL mission.

Join us to celebrate our 2022 award recipients and to commemorate our 40th anniversary in a special celebratory event highlighting the exceptional CASA/GAL network members who are part of our treasured legacy of advocates, partners and friends. The Awards of Excellence celebration is included in your Annual Conference registration.

Our Sponsors
Conference Registration Fees

All Annual Conference attendees will also receive complimentary access to the content of the Virtual Learning Experience taking place in September. (Institutes are an additional fee)

CASA/GAL Staff or General Attendee Registration Rates:

  • Early Registration = $950
  • General Registration = $1,050
  • Onsite Registration = $1,075

Volunteer Registration Rates:

  • Early Registration = $700
  • General Registration = $775
  • Onsite Registration = $825

Youth/Student Registration Rates:

  • Regular/General = $350
  • Onsite Registration = $400


Visit the Registration page.

Health & Safety

Creating a safe and healthy experience for conference participants is our top priority. We are continuing to monitor the public health situation and will abide by the recommended guidelines of the United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Washington State and King County governments, and hotel for the safety and wellbeing of the participants.

Information about the conference hotel’s policies and safety measures can be found on the Hyatt Regency website.

Conference Hotel Location

The Annual Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Seattle. The downtown hotel is within walking distance of many of Seattle’s iconic attractions, including Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass and more. Numerous restaurants and coffee shops are also within easy walking distance of the hotel.

Seattle was recently named one of’s Greatest Places of 2021. Learn more about all that Seattle has to offer at Visit Seattle.

Hyatt Regency
808 Howell Street
Seattle, Washington 98101

Room Block:

The group block at the Hyatt Regency has been filled for the dates of the National CASA/GAL Conference in Seattle. The Paramount Hotel is available as an alternative and is near the Hyatt Regency. Register here.

Ares is another option to book a hotel room. It sorts hotels by distance from the host hotel (Hyatt Regency) and will provide the best available rates nearby. Enter the dates needed and book directly on the site.

Virtual Learning Experience & Institutes Information

Virtual Learning Experience

In addition to the Annual Conference in Seattle, National CASA/GAL will also offer a Virtual Learning Experience in September 2022.

Though the in-person offerings at the Annual Conference in Seattle will not all be replicated virtually, participants will have access to unique training and connection opportunities as part of this Virtual Learning Experience. This is an excellent opportunity for volunteers and other CASA/GAL network members who may not be able to travel to participate in dynamic learning sessions to enhance their knowledge.

The Virtual Learning Experience will include opportunities to connect with colleagues and peers through structured round-tables and virtual meet-ups. Training sessions will offer insights into current trends in child welfare and advocacy and deeper learning opportunities in key areas that impact children, youth and families. More information about the virtual program offerings will be available soon.

Virtual Learning Experience Dates: September 13-16, 2022

Virtual Learning Experience Registration Fees

All Annual Conference attendees will also receive complimentary access to the content of the Virtual Learning Experience taking place in September.

  • General Registration: $175
  • Discounted volunteer/student rate: $80

We are pleased to present four day-long institutes, which will also be offered virtually. Institutes provide opportunities for in-depth learning in small, facilitated sessions.

Registration for the institutes will be separate from both the in-person Annual Conference and the Virtual Learning Experience. Individuals will register for the institute(s) of their preference, and descriptions of each Institute will be available on this webpage soon.

Institute Dates:

  • Institutes will be held September 13 and September 16

Institute Registration Fee:

  • $175 per Institute

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Sponsors and exhibitors at the Annual Conference are investors in the National CASA/GAL mission to ensure that every child who has experienced abuse or neglect has the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home.

As a sponsor or exhibitor, your organization benefits from nationwide visibility with an engaged network of industry leaders. By supporting our mission, your organization is investing in a strong national movement known for its life-changing work on behalf of children, youth and families all across the country.

To learn more about exhibiting during our Annual Conference in Seattle, or to get more information about the opportunities to sponsor the conference or its signature events, please contact us at



If you have questions about the 2022 Annual Conference or Virtual Learning Experience & Institutes, please contact us.