Georgia CASA Conference

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship and exhibitor packages are available as follows:

Conference Major Sponsor: $10,000
Conference Sponsor: $5,000
Conference Sponsor: $3,500
Conference Supporter: $1,000
Exhibit Table: $500

If interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, please email Ali Darden.


Schedule At-A-Glance

8:30 – Registration Opens
9:00 – Opening Session
(includes Awards of Excellence presented to affiliate CASA programs)
10:30 – Workshop Block I
12:00 – Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
(includes recognition of 2019 CASA Volunteer of the Year in Georgia)
1:45 – Workshop Block II
3:15 – Workshop Block III
4:30 – Adjourn

Keynote Speaker

Judge Glenda Hatchett


$50  – CASA affiliated attendees
$100 – all other attendees

Registration for the Georgia CASA Conference is now closed.


Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
2450 Galleria Pkwy. SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

The Georgia CASA Conference room block at the Renaissance Waverly is full, but additional rooms are available at the Embassy Suites

Directions & Parking

Please visit the hotel’s website for maps and transportation information.

Please also note that Atlanta traffic is impossible to predict, even on Saturdays. The Atlanta Braves will be playing in town for the weekend, so those traveling into Atlanta may experience increased traffic. Be sure to check your available routes in advance to avoid trouble areas.

Parking at the hotel is complimentary and valet is also available. The hotel may be at full capacity Friday evening and should the parking lot fill, there will be additional parking available in the Cobb Galleria Deck off Galleria Drive for $5.00/day.


Click here to view a listing of the workshops.

Download handouts from the following workshops:

Block I

State of Child Welfare: Current Policy & Practical Priorities – Melissa D. Carter, Barton Child Law & Policy Center, Emory Law School

Education Advocacy: What Works and What Doesn’t Work – Janet Goldin, DeKalb County CASA

Supporting Older Youth Transitioning from Foster Care – Candis L. Jones, LAPC, Georgia DFCS

Trauma STARs: An Overview of Trauma Informed Practice & Addition 1 – Rita Mathis, CHRIS 180

Building Board Engagement and Partnership with Your Board – Elizabeth Runkle, Georgia Center for Nonprofits

Affirming LGBTQ Youth in Care – Kalie J. Lounds, Hillside, Inc.

Resolving Conflict: What’s Your Style? – Lainie Jenkins, TLC CASA

Plans of Safe Care and Zero to Three: A Collaborative Approach – Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3, Handout 4, Handout 5, Handout 6 & Handout 7 – Judge Walker, et al.

Block II

Branding Fundamentals – Necole Merritt, National CASA Association

Writing Effective Court Reports – Angela Tyner, Georgia CASA, & Lori Pupp, CASA of Forsyth County

Managing Employment Law Risks in the CASA Workplace – Lori Shapiro, Employment Counsel, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

The Intimate Community: Strengthening Relationships to Support Families – Tammy Reed, Georgia DFCS

The Impact of Maternal Substance Abuse on Child Development: What Do We Know? – Dr. Karen Kuehn Howell

Handing Youth a Bullhorn: The Importance of and Best Practices for Raising a Youth’s Voice – Rachel Davidson, Office of the Child Advocate, & Chris Hempfling, Deputy Director and General Counsel, Georgia DFCS

Block III

Cultural Humility: I Don’t See Color – LaFayette Young, Jr.

Special Education 101: What You Need to Know to Start the Year Off Right – Leslie Lipson, Lipson Advocacy

Promise of Permanency – Jerry Bruce & Angela Tyner

The HOPE of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) & Addition – Deborah Chosewood, Prevention and Community Support (PCS) section, Georgia DFCS

Appointed to Advocate:  Strengthening CASA’s Courtroom Presence – Judge Altman

Want a Good Plan? Get Strategic & Addition – Sayge Medlin, Public Service Faculty, J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development

Parental Incarceration and Its Effects on Children and Families – Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3 & Handout 4 – Dr. Christina Semple, The Community Groundbridge, LLC

Through Our Eyes: Legal Rights for Youth in Care & Addition – MAAC/Georgia EmpowerMEnt & Anthony Stovall

Questions about the conference? Contact Ali Darden or call Georgia CASA at 404-874-2888 or 800-251-4012.