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The 2022 Annual Conference begins Saturday, June 4, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. PT through Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. PT.
The 2022 Annual Conference will provide an opportunity for you to network and connect with your CASA/GAL colleagues. 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:
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.
You’ll also be among the first to hear about the strategic goals and initiatives of the National CASA/GAL Association and the plan that will guide us into the future. We will also be introducing a new National Volunteer Strategy and Recruitment Campaign at the conference, and attendees will have the opportunity to get a first look at the new strategy and campaign.
The Annual Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Seattle located at 808 Howell Street, Seattle, Washington, United States, 98101.
No, the hotel room is not included in the conference registration fee.
A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees with the following rates:
The link to register for the hotel room block will be available in your conference registration confirmation email after registration opens. Only one room is allowed to be reserved per registration. Rates are subject to prevailing government per diem at the time of the program.
Hotel registration is open. The link to register for the hotel room block will be available in your conference registration email.
Directions, travel options, and parking fees can all be found on the Hyatt Regency Seattle website. Seattle’s Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail runs to and from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is just 15 miles away. Conference attendees can walk two blocks southwest to the Westlake Station to board the rail to the airport. Fares are $3.00 each way.
Self-parking is available overnight for hotel guests (with in and out privileges) with an estimated rated of $40 a day.
This year’s conference registration process is open. First, please register for the conference following the prompts on the registration site. The website to register now is https://nationalcasagal.org/annual-conference-2022/. You will receive a confirmation by email after you complete registration. Once the conference schedule is finalized, you will receive an email with instructions on choosing which workshops you would like to attend. To sign up for workshops or other add-ons, go to the Manage My Account page to claim your account or update your registration. The email login will be the one used at registration. Registration materials will not be mailed to you. Name badges and programs will be available when you arrive at the conference.
We recognize that the fee for the 2022 Annual Conference is significantly higher than in the past. For years, we have kept the registration costs low so that more members of the network could participate, but with the increase in the costs of goods and services, we had to increase the fees to cover the costs. The in-person registration fee reflects the expenses associated with delivering a high- quality conference in a city like Seattle where hotel, food and other associated costs are higher during the summer months. Each year we will evaluate the registration fees and make the appropriate adjustments based on the conference location and associated expenses.
If you wish to pay by check, you can select this option when you register online. Then mail your check for the amount due to: National CASA/GAL Association, Attn: 2022 Conference, 100 West Harrison Street, North Tower Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98119.
Please be sure to note on your check “2022 National CASA Conference Registration” to ensure proper processing.
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Yes, we have early bird discounts available.
The conference registration fee includes admission to all general sessions, learning sessions, networking opportunities and meal functions. The meal functions include a light continental breakfast on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings. Other meals included in the registration are heavy hors d’ oeuvres and light refreshments at the Opening Reception on Saturday, June 4, 2022, and a meal at the Awards of Excellence Celebratory event on Monday, June 6, 2022.
Outside of the meals previously mentioned, lunch and dinner will be on your own allowing conference-goers the opportunity to have extended networking lunches with colleagues and explore dining venues that are located in and in close proximity to the hotel.
In appreciation for the work that CASA/GAL volunteer advocates do for children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect, a volunteer discount for conference registration is being offered to all active CASA/GAL volunteers, currently assigned to a case. Volunteers will be identified by special ribbons and must provide the name of their program when registering. This discount applies to full registrations only. It is not available to those registering as youths/students, for one-day only, or group registration and is not applicable for guest tickets. This discount does not apply to board members, program staff or other non-advocate types of volunteers.
Anyone who is a full-time student qualifies for the deeply discounted student/youth registration rate, regardless of the age of the student. Any person who is 25 years of age or younger, qualifies as a youth for this same discount.
Yes, we have a group registration discount. Register five (5) people and get the sixth registrant free. All registrations must be entered together and paid at the same time. The first registrant will be able to add multiple additional registrants after entering their own information. The group rate only applies to full conference registrations. Please note: this discount is not available to volunteers/students/youth.
Yes, you can make name changes or transfer a registration. There is a $30 transfer fee to transfer registrations. Name transfers must be done by emailing the request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Transfers or additions of missing or omitted names after June 3, 2022, must be made onsite and will be charged a $30 registration transfer/name substitution fee per name.
After conference registration opens, additional opportunities will be added leading up to the conference with instructions on how to register for them. Please continue to visit the site frequently for conference updates.
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Will offer attendees an opportunity to dive deeper into content presented by the preceding Plenary Speaker.
One-hour Learning Sessions will cover a wide range of topics pertaining to the conference theme. Some of these learning sessions will be facilitated by colleagues from the CASA/GAL network, while others will be led by people with lived experience including birth parents, foster parents, kinship providers and young people.
Affinity Learning Sessions
Affinity Learning Sessions will include workshops and networking circles, each consisting of groups with similar interests or serving communities with similar characteristics: urban, suburban, rural, or tribal. Groups will meet to learn from and network with each other.
The Training of Facilitators (TOF) is for experienced or new facilitators who deliver volunteer training or manage their organization’s training activities. This interactive course will focus on adult-learning, engagement techniques, and how to build positive a learning community. THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT.
We are in the early stages of planning the conference and identifying speakers. As in the past, we are planning to have a variety of exciting, informative speakers that will appeal to our attendees.
There will be about four to six plenary sessions with an average of two a day.
Every year we highlight innovation and exemplary service at the Awards of Excellence. This year’s awards ceremony will take place Monday, June 6, 2022, where we will celebrate programs and individuals doing incredible work in their states and communities. This celebratory event will include a meal (included in your conference registration) and an awards ceremony to honor our dedicated advocates, judges, board members and staff.
Yes, spouses, friends or children may attend events that are open to all attendees with the purchase of guest tickets. Guest tickets for the Awards of Excellence event are priced at about $100 per ticket inclusive of tax and gratuity. Please purchase guest tickets when you complete your registration, or add them later by modifying your registration. Guest tickets may also be available onsite, pending space availability.
Attire for the conference is business casual. Most men wear slacks and button-down shirts; women wear skirts/slacks with blouses/sweaters. Additional layers are advised since hotel temperatures can fluctuate, as well as comfortable shoes for walking between sessions.
We will offer CLEs for the in-person conference. Previous National CASA/GAL Annual conferences have been approved for up to 10.5 CLUs through the Washington State Bar. The number of credits for 2022 has yet to be determined.
We will offer CEUs for the in-person conference. Previous National CASA/GAL Annual conferences have been approved for up to 18 CEUs through the National Association of Social Workers. The number of credits for 2022 has yet to be determined.
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.