The Child Protection Courts of South Texas, Centex South, South Central Texas, and the Hill Country; the 452nd District Court; and Hill Country CASA are pleased to announce the

14th Annual Hill Country Ad Litem Seminar

This year’s Seminar was held in February. Information is below. Save the Date for 2025 Seminar – February 27-28, 2025.


Thursday’s Schedule (6.0 CLE, including 1.0 ethics CLE):

9:00 – 10:00STAR Health Judicial ProgramVeronica Perkins – Manager, Service Coordination Judicial Programming,
STAR Health Superior Health Plan
10:00 – 10:15 BREAK
10:15 – 11:45Assessing injuries for accidental or non-accidental traumaDr. Natalie Kissoon – Pediatrician, Center for Miracles, and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Health San Antonio Slides
11:45 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00Understanding drug use trends and screening/testing of DFPS clientsMarco Quesada – Division Administrator for Behavior Health, Child Protective Investigations State Office 
2:00 – 2:15 BREAK
2:15 – 3:45Understanding the rights of human trafficking victims and supporting them through the criminal justice systemKarla Solomon – Director of Outreach & Training, Mercy Gate Ministries Slides
3:45 – 4:00 BREAK
4:00 – 5:00Post-Adoption ServicesCindra Rains, LMSW – Centers for Children and Families Slides

Friday’s Schedule (6.0 CLE, including 2.0 ethics CLE):

9:00 – 10:30Legislative UpdateKellie Price, JD – TDFPS Special Projects Attorney, Drake Mikeska, JD – TDFPS Supervising Regional Attorney Slides
10:30 – 10:45 BREAK
10:45 – 11:45Case Law UpdateJerry Reyes, JD – TDFPS Appellate Attorney, Caroline Carow, JD – TDFPS Appellate Attorney Slides
11:45 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 3:00The psychological benefits of kinship placements for youth in foster careDr. Valerie Jackson – Founder, Monarch Family Services 
3:00 – 3:15 BREAK
3:15 – 4:45Internet, App and On-line SafetyHelen Browning – Chief of Staff, Human Trafficking Interdiction Division, BCFS Health and Human Services Slides