Illinois CASA is pleased to have the opportunity to bring child welfare professionals, volunteer advocates, program staff, and friends of CASA together from throughout the state for our conference. The event provides a great opportunity to network with one another, learn and grow, and to renew our commitment to Illinois’ youth. We hope to see you in May.
10:30 a.m. Welcome & State of the State
11:00 a.m. Staff Support and Directors Sessions
12:00 p.m Lunch
1:00 p.m. Staff Support and Directors Sessions
4:00 p.m. Session Closing
6:30 a.m. Optional Morning Yoga
7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:45 a.m. Morning Plenary
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. Afternoon Plenary
1:45 p.m. Afternoon Breakout Sessions
4:00 p.m. Conference Closing
Friday, May 4 Morning Plenary Sessions
On Friday, May 4th, our morning includes impactful stories and insightful reminders of how we must continue to effectively work on behalf of Illinois’ children. We welcome these three presenters to Building Bright Futures for Children 2018.
Exavier B. Pope I, Esq.
Founder and Principal Owner of The Pope Law Firm
Who You Serve Can be Great and Powerful
Mr. Pope will share his humble beginnings and journey with us through the path he took as a ward of the state. His story promises to inspire us to truly believe in the youth we serve and will challenge us to discover new an innovative ways to create more success stories through The Pope Power Plan.
Diana Mendley Rauner, Ph.D.
President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund
Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma
Diana Mendley Rauner is president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a public-private partnership that prepares children for success in school and in life. The Ounce believes in starting early to unlock the power of human potential, advancing program and policy efforts interactively to foster systemic change. We are honored to welcome the First Lady of Illinois to our conference.
Executive Director, Child Protection Training Academy at the University of Illinois Springfield
The Impact of Bias: Attitudes, Beliefs and Assumptions on Decision-Making in Child Welfare
Illinois CASA is delighted to have Ms. Evans return to our conference this year. In this presentation, we will look at how personal and institutional biases can impact the children and families we serve. We will look at outcomes for children who are raised in the foster care system and will learn strategies for recognizing our biases.
Make the Experience Your Own
When you register for this year’s conference, you will be invited to personalize your experience by selecting from among these afternoon breakout sessions.
Early Afternoon Breakouts
When registering, choose one of these early afternoon sessions, or choose one of two full afternoon sessions.
Session A: Voices of Youth
Youth in care bring a unique perspective about the child welfare system. During this panel discussion, hear how youth in care and former youth in care experience “the system,” the people who are on their team and what they think the solutions are! There will be time allotted during this session for questions and responses.
Session B: The Tough Stuff: Establishing and Maintaining Rapport with Kids
Session C: Trauma 101
Mid Afternoon Breakouts
When registering, choose one of these mid afternoon sessions, or choose one of two full afternoon sessions.
Session A: Fictive Kin, Relative Care and Shared Parenting
Session B: "I Don't See Color" - Lessons in Cultural Humility
Session C: Courtroom Advocacy & Connecting with Youth
Full Afternoon Sessions
Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children
Developing a Model of Trust
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I register?
Will I be eligible for Continuing Education Credits?
Will session handouts be provided?
Can I order a special meal to accommodate my dietary restrictions?
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free alternatives will be available at every meal.
Are discounted hotel rates available?
Will there be any social events during the conference?
Yes. We hope you’ll come into town on Thursday so that we can mingle that evening. The hotel bar is reserved for conference attendees from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – we’d love to see you there.
What if I have to cancel my registration?
Illinois CASA would like to acknowledge the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Children’s Justice Task Force for helping to make this conference possible.
Register by March 16th for Early Bird Conference RatesMay 3 and 4 Staff Attendees: $100 by 3/16; $125 after 3/16
May 4 Conference Attendees: $75 by 3/16; $100 after 3/16