Hill Country Ad Litem Seminar

The Child Protection Court Judges of

South Texas, CENTEX south and

South Central Texas and Hill Country CASA

are pleased to announce THE

10th Annual Child Protection Court Ad Litem Seminar

february 27-28, 2020 at inn of the hills, 1001 junction highway, kerrville, tx 78028



session handouts and materials will be posted below as they come available.

no paper handouts will be available onsite.


Thursday’s schedule (6.0 CLE, including 2 ethics hours):

8:00 AM   Check-In with Breakfast 

8:30 AM   How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) relate to children, youth and families in the foster care system (Dr. Colleen Bridger, San Antonio Assistant City Manager overseeing the Metropolitan Health District) ACEs Handout


10:15 AM   Trauma-Informed Therapy (Patricia Garza, LPC) Complex Trauma Presentation


12:45 PM   How Misunderstanding Trauma Harms Foster Children (Kristen Bell, JD, Director of Operations and Program Attorney at Texas Lawyers for Children) Misunderstanding Trauma Presentation, Considerations for Decision Makers Handout, Constitutional Rights of Children Handout, A Girl’s Story Handout, Spring 2020 Legal Professional Trauma Training Flyer


2:00 PM   Preventing Misdiagnosis of Foster Children, and the Attorney’s Duty to seek Non-pharmacological Interventions (Barbara Elias-Perciful, JD, Director, Texas Lawyers for Children) Psychotropic Medications Presentation, Excerpts from Trauma Training Toolkit HandoutConsiderations for Assessing RTC and Psych Facilities HandoutMore Proposed Interventions Handout, Overlapping Symptoms Chart Handout, Misdiagnosis & Inappropriate Medication of Foster Children Handout


3:15 PM   Trauma-Informed Advocacy, and the Attorney’s Ethical Duty Involving a Child’s Constitutional Rights (Patricia Hogue, JD, Special Projects Attorney, Texas Lawyers for Children) Constitutional Rights Presentation

Thursday’s Sessions conclude at 4:15 PM

friday’s schedule (6.0 CLE, including 1 ethics hour):

8:00 AM   Check In with Breakfast 

8:30 AM   An Introduction to Family First Prevention Services Act (Tina Amberboy, Executive Director, Texas Children’s Commission) FFPSA Presentation


9:45 AM   Case Law Update and 2019 Legislative Session Update (Honorable Thomas Stuckey, Centex Child Protection Court; CPS State Office Attorneys) Case Law Update Presentation86th Session Handout


11:30 AM   Presentation on Region 8B Child Welfare Statistics (Katie Elseth, MSW, Continuous Quality Improvement Analyst, Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services) Child Welfare by the Numbers Presentation 


1:30 PM   Structured Decision Making (Linsay Tomlinson, Investigations Program Specialist, DFPS State Office) Structured Decision Making Presentation


2:45 PM   Community Based Care Panel (Honorable Rob Hofmann, 451st Judicial District; Honorable Melissa DeGerolami, Child Protection Court of South Central Texas; and Panel Guests) CBC Presentation

Friday’s sessions conclude at 4:15 PM   


2020 Seminar Attendee Evaluation – you missed it, but we’d love your feedback! email amy@hccasa.org


General information for attendees

CLEs – Attorneys seeking CLE credit will need to sign in and out at the registration table each day. Provided we have signatures in and out both days, HCCASA staff will submit CLE to State Bar on your behalf. Bring your Bar # with you. We will also provide the course number in your attendee bag for self-reporting.

CEUs – Attendees seeking CEU credit registered with TEA will need to sign in and out at the registration table each day. We will provide a certificate for the attended hours each day that can be filed with TEA by the attendee (HCCASA cannot file on your behalf for TEA credit).

CASA CE hours – All CASAs who attend both days of the Seminar will meet their annual CASA continuing education requirement. If your program requires a certificate for your attendance, contact Amy Harding at amy@hccasa.org.

Location – The Seminar will be held in the banquet halls at Inn of the Hills which are located in the back of their property (see Parking). Inn of the Hills is near the southeast corner of Junction Highway and Harper Road in Kerrville. HCCASA banners will be placed out in front of the property.

Lodging – Registrants requiring lodging may take advantage of a Seminar room block rate at Inn of the Hills. Attendees, please contact Inn of the Hills directly at (800) 292-5690 and request the “Hill Country CASA Group Rate” which includes Wednesday and/or Thursday nights.

Parking – Free parking is available around the perimeter of the Inn of the Hills campus. The majority of parking spaces are near the back of the property, by the banquet halls (which is where the Seminar will be). Turn off of Junction Highway and head to the back of the hotel property for closest parking.

Raffle – we have several great raffle prizes, proceeds for HCCASA’s direct assistance fund (which purchases necessary items for children in foster care). This year we have a SQUARE so we can take credit cards!!