The National CASA/GAL Association’s 2023 Annual Conference, “Strong Families. Strong Futures.” will be held June 10-13 in St. Louis, MO. The National CASA/GAL Annual Conference is an important gathering that brings together our network of state organizations, local programs, volunteers, judges and partners essential to realizing our shared vision of a world where every child thrives in a safe, permanent home. In addition to plenary sessions, and other activities, the conference will offer participants informative workshops to enhance their subject matter expertise, deepen their understanding of relevant and topical issues, and discuss the practical application of the information to their work.
If you would like to share knowledge and best practices, we invite you to send us your workshop proposals.
Proposals should be relevant to at least one of the four thematic topic areas
Reducing the Number of Children in Foster Care
Sample topics might include targeted permanency strategies for older youth; reducing barriers to reunification; access to services; substance use disorder; trafficking; poverty; or any of the following issue groups: (1) older youth, (2) families, (3) children 0-3, (4) children with special needs, (5) crossover/dual jacketed cases, (6) children with incarcerated parents, (7) LGBTQ+ youth.
Strengthening and Supporting Families
Sample topics might include family preservation and kinship care; effects of separation on children and families; preventing entry into the child welfare system and/or quickly moving children out of the system.
Increasing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Network
Sample topics might include disproportionality; volunteer recruitment and retention; the role of poverty in the lives of families and children we serve; disparity of outcomes for children and families of color; and the long-term impacts of systems’ involvement.
Building Operational Excellence
Operational excellence means ensuring each CASA/GAL program has the information, tools, structure and training necessary to align with the National CASA/GAL program standards to guide operations and lead the development of highly effective programs. Sample workshops might include marketing, fundraising, strategic planning, research, evaluation and measurement, volunteer recruitment and retention and other program development opportunities.
If selected, the conference workshop presenter will receive complimentary conference registration. Presenters must pay for their travel and hotel accommodations. National CASA/GAL will have a block of hotel rooms available at a negotiated rate for all conference attendees.
Workshops are 90 minutes (about one and a half hours) in length, including time for Q&A. Sessions should be developed with a national audience in mind and provide an intermediate or advanced understanding of the topic. Presentations should be applicable across the spectrum of programs (state, urban, suburban, rural and tribal). Practical tools and resources should also be included as part of the workshop to support advocacy and program development.
Proposals may be submitted as a complete workshop or depending on the volume and types of proposals, we may elect to combine two or more workshops into a group panel discussion format.
Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria:
Relevance to workshop thematic topic areas (Reducing the Number of Children in Foster Care, Strengthening and Supporting Families, Increasing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Network and Building Operational Excellence)