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TOGETHER WE CAN: CHANGING CHILDREN'S LIVES

The 2019 Illinois CASA State Conference will be held on April 3-5, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Normal, Illinois. 

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

2019 Illinois Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates

State Conference

April 3 – 5, 2019

Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Normal, Illinois

You are invited to submit a proposal to share your experience and expertise with our statewide network of specially trained volunteer advocates and staff from 31 local CASA programs at the 2019 IL CASA State Conference. This year’s theme: Together We Can: Changing Children’s Lives will promote the importance of collaboration to affect change. We hope the experience will be educational, informative, inspirational and entertaining for our presenters and guests.

The conference attracts about 400 attendees, many of whom have direct responsibility for and decision-making authority over the provision of child advocacy services, solutions and practices.  Year after year, it draws a loyal following of participants eager to learn about – and be able to implement – the latest ideas, best practices and relevant approaches in advocacy for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.

In 2019, the Illinois CASA State Conference will offer four (4) Conference Tracks:

•Track 1:  Executive Directors (Business Management, Strategy, Building Partnerships)

•Track 2:  Board of Directors (Mission and Strategic Planning)

•Track 3:  Direct Staff Members (Program Implementation and Volunteer Management)

•Track 4:  Volunteers (Direct Service Components)

Proposals for the 2019 Conference must link presentation content and learning objectives to the Body of Knowledge (see Track descriptions below for more information). Attendees express a strong desire for presentations that are engaging, enjoyable and applicable in the “real world” of child advocacy.  Other desirable features:

Leading-edge information and emerging trends in the field of trauma-informed advocacy

Practical strategies for non-profit management

“How to” best practices for building financial and programmatic support in the local community

DCFS and Court-based partnerships.

Click Here to Access the Call for Presentations Form

Proposal Submission Timeline

 

Submission process opens:                                           November 15, 2018

Submission process closes:                                           January 18, 2019 deadline for submitting

Notification of acceptance/rejection:                          January 31, 2019

Submission of Session Handouts for website:          March 15, 2019

Conference presentation dates:                                  April 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2019

The Illinois CASA State Conference provides a powerful platform to network with 400+ Child Advocacy professionals and to share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices for all of us committed to changing the lives of children who have experience abuse and neglect.  As a not-for-profit entity, the Illinois CASA State Conference does not provide speaking fees.  Instead, we ask that presenters share their expertise in the spirit of furthering the professional development of their colleagues. In exchange, we offer presenters the following:

 

  • Complementary conference registration including access to all events
  • Reasonable reimbursement of expenses for meals associated with required travel and conference attendance (receipts required)
  • Valuable experience presenting at one of the best child advocacy state-level conferences
  • Networking opportunities
  • Travel expenses including mileage for out-of-town presenters (should be pre-approved)
  • Required lodging at the conference hotel for out-of-town presenters (should be pre-approved and will be arranged by Illinois CASA staff)
  • Assistance in shaping the presentation to meet attendee needs and presenter goals

Each session will last 75 minutes, and we encourage you to leave time at the end for questions.

 

The Conference always sells out!  Because of space constraints, all sessions are in rooms set theater style (chairs only; no tables) for maximum occupancy as deemed by the facility and in accordance with local fire safety codes.  Presenters should anticipate an audience size of approximately 30 to 120 people per session (more in some cases) and should design their presentation approaches with the facility logistics in mind.  Please note that we are unable to modify or alter seating arrangements/set-ups for individual sessions.  Rooms are equipped with standardized audio-visual: projection unit/screen and a microphone; any other A/V needs are arranged for by the presenter

Track 1:  Executive Directors (Business Management, Strategy, Partnerships)

 

Definition:  Developing, contributing to, and supporting the organization’s mission, vision, values, strategic goals, and objectives; formulating policies; guiding and leading the change process; and evaluating organizational effectiveness as an organizational leader.

 

Proposals in this track will highlight emerging trends/ideas, best practices, and relevant approaches to and will permit attendees to explicitly acquire or enhance knowledge of one or more of the following:

 

  • Mission-driven organization leadership
  • What is a Logic Model?
  • Marketing and branding techniques
  • Cultural Competency
  • Organizing a Legislative Strategy
  • Financial Sustainability Planning
  • Governance
  • Building Support in the Courtroom
  • Developing a Growth Plan

 

Sample topics include: non-profit management, building a strong board, financial literacy, legislative awareness, retaining staff and volunteers.

Track 2:  Board of Directors (Mission and Strategic Planning)

 

Definition:  Developing, implementing, and evaluating sourcing, programs necessary to ensure the workforce’s ability to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.

 

Proposals in this track will highlight emerging trends/ideas, best practices, and relevant approaches to Mission and Strategic Planning and will permit attendees to explicitly acquire or enhance knowledge of one or more of the following:

 

  • Board Member Roles and Responsibilities;
  • Financial Sustainability Planning
  • Board Member Recruitment strategies
  • Board Committees and Task Forces

 

Sample topics include: strategic planning, event planning, diversity, board engagement, succession planning.

Track 3:  Direct Staff Members (Program Implementation and Social Services)

 

 

Definition:  Developing, implementing, and evaluating activities and programs that address volunteer training and development, managing the unique needs of volunteers, data management

 

Proposals in this track will highlight emerging trends/ideas, best practices, and relevant approaches to Program Implementation and will permit attendees to explicitly acquire or enhance knowledge of one or more of the following:

 

  • Mentoring and coaching;
  • Volunteer Recruitment
  • Techniques for facilitating positive program/volunteer relations (e.g., surveys, education, communication);
  • Volunteer involvement strategies (e.g., committees, self-directed work teams);
  • Writing Effective Court Reports
  • Communication (e.g., volunteer communication strategies and program training); and
  • The importance of data collection.

 

 

Sample topics include: coaching, conflict management, e-learning, employee training, facilitation/presentation skills, team building, leadership development.

Track 4:  Volunteers (Direct Service Components)

 

 

Definition:  Developing knowledge and confidence for the Volunteer base that supports CASA’s goals and values.

 

 

Proposals in this track will highlight emerging trends/ideas, best practices, and relevant approaches to Direct Service Components and will permit attendees to explicitly acquire or enhance knowledge of:

 

  • CASA/GAL Role
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Advocacy
  • Communication
  • Fictive Kin
  • Working with Foster Parents
  • Parent Panel
  • Youth Panel
  • Self-Care
  • Cultural Competence
  • LGBTQ Sensitivity
  • Opioids
  • Diversity
  • Trauma Informed Advocacy.
  • Storytelling: A Child’s Voice

 

Sample topics include: communication, implicit bias, self-care, diversity, DCFS rules and regulations, Judicial relations, Court appearances, interviewing techniques, exercising judgment.