In 2016, participants from different parts of the country, including Kentucky, West Virginia, Michigan, and even Colorado, joined Ohio members to make the 3-day event a tremendous success. The Ohio CASA/GAL Association was honored to host all participants who believe strongly in CASA’s mission to serve the best interest of children who are abused and neglected.

CASA volunteers in Ohio make a tremendous impact by serving nearly 9,000 children each year. With case filings on the increase, in part due to the opiate epidemic, resources and volunteers are being stretched thin. But you are making a difference. With your commitment, you are ensuring the children you serve have a voice and a chance at a better life. While there is more work to be done, Ohio CASA is on target to expand to 50 counties capable of serving 10,000 children annually. CASA volunteers and conference participants helped make this happen.

Because of your continued support, the Celebrate Kids! Conference remains the premier educational event in Ohio for CASA volunteers … and it’s growing. With more than 40 educational workshops offering more than 500 participants the opportunity to engage, connect and reflect, the value of the conference experience is clear.

Thank you for all that you have done, and all that you continue to do. We look forward to seeing you in September.



Douglas R. Stephens
Ohio CASA/GAL Association Executive Director


The Celebrate Kids! Conference provides the Rule 48 continuing education required of CASA volunteers and guardians ad litem, as well as professional continuing education units for social workers and continuing legal education.


  • 12.5 hours provided
  • Fee: Included
  • Certificate: Provided at conference


  • 12.5 hours provided (Workshops W03, T08, T16, T21 and F04 not eligible)
  • Fee: $50
  • Certificate: E-mailed after conference


  • Approved for 11 hours general, 1.5 hours professional ethics
  • Fee: $100

CEU and CLE forms will be available at conference after payment in full.

Eligibility for CEU and CLE certification will be verified with workshop sign-in sheets; participants must sign in to each workshop attended to receive full credit.


All Celebrate Kids! Conference workshops cover one or more of the five education categories mandated by Ohio Sup.R.48, which governs continuing education for CASA volunteers and guardians ad litem.

Human Needs
& Child Development

W01, W02, W03, T02, T06, T07, T08, T09, T10, T12, T13, T14, T16, T19, T20, T22, T25, F02, F03, F04, F06, F07

Communication & Diversity

W03, T06, T10, T11, T19, T22, T23, T28, F01, F04

Preventing Abuse & Neglect

W02, T03, T09, T18, T24, T25, T26, T29, F05, F06

Family & Child Issues

W01, W02, T04, T06, T07, T09, T10, T11, T12, T14, T15, T17, T18, T19, T21, T22, T23, T24, T26, F01, F02, F03, F06, F07, F08

Legal Framework

T01, T02, T05, T08, T11, T12, T13, T15, T16, T17, T21, T27, T30, F03, F08


Wednesday, September 20

1:00 pm – 8:30 pm
1:30 pm – 8:30 pm
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Registration Open
Exhibitors Open
Kickoff Workshops
Opening Keynote*

Upper Terrace
Upper Terrace
Alder/Cedar Ballroom

Welcome Reception* immediately follows Opening Keynote


Thursday, September 21

7:00 am – 5:00 pm
7:00 am – 5:30 pm
7:00 am – 8:15 am
8:30 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 10:15 am
10:15 am – 11:45 am
11:45 am – 1:30 pm

Registration Open
Exhibitors Open
Breakout Workshops – Group 1
Breakout Workshops – Group 2

Upper Terrace
Upper Terrace
Alder/Cedar Ballroom

Alder/Cedar Ballroom

Plenary Session begins at 12:30 pm in Alder/Cedar Ballroom

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Breakout Workshops – Group 3
Breakout Workshops – Group 4



Friday, September 22

7:00 am – 11:00 am
7:00 am – 8:15 am
8:30 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Registration  Open
Expanded Workshops
Expanded Workshops (continued)
Awards Luncheon

Upper Terrace
Alder/Cedar Ballroom

Alder/Cedar Ballroom

Raffle immediately follows Awards Luncheon in Alder/Cedar Ballroom


Available here.

Seating for all workshops will be first-come, first served, and will close once the room reaches capacity as provided by fire code. No one will be admitted to a workshop after the sign-in sheet is full. To secure a seat in a specific workshop, participants may wish to consider volunteering to monitor the workshop.

Please provide your workshop preferences on the registration form. While this information is vital for planning purposes, it does not guarantee you a seat in your preferred workshop (see Seating, above).

A copy of your preferences will be provided at conference. You will also receive a copy by e-mail if you use our online registration option.

There will be three workshop formats:

Keynote & Plenary Sessions
(Wednesday & Thursday)
All participants are encouraged to attend. A Welcome Reception will follow the Opening Keynote Wednesday evening, and a plated lunch will be provided Thursday before the Plenary Session begins.

Kickoff & Breakout Workshops
(Wednesday & Thursday)
90-minute workshops are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.

Expanded Workshops (Friday)
3-hour workshops on various subjects. Expanded workshops may incorporate any of the following to enhance the learning experience: in-depth group discussions, interactive participation elements, technical skill development activities, introspection and analysis, and various media elements.


To secure a seat in a specific workshop, you may wish to consider acting as a monitor for it. Being a workshop monitor is a great way to meet new people as you network with other volunteers, colleagues and speakers.

We are looking for two monitors for every workshop, each with different responsibilities:

  1. The lead monitor will assist the speaker with all presentation needs.
  2. The assistant monitor will manage the sign-in procedure at the workshop entrance.

Please contact Andy Snouffer, training coordinator, for additional information.


The 2017 Celebrate Kids! Conference will be at the DoubleTree Columbus-Worthington.

The DoubleTree has set aside a block of rooms at the discounted nightly rate of $109. Reserve your room here by August 30 and use code “CAS” to secure your discount.

Please contact the DoubleTree for assistance with lodging reservations.

DoubleTree Columbus-Worthington
175 Hutchinson Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43235


Ohio CASA/GAL Association staff take pictures and record video at all Ohio CASA events. Permission is implied for Ohio CASA to use participant names, images, and voices in any publication or promotion without compensation. The rights to all images and recordings are the sole property of Ohio CASA. Images and recordings will be used only to further the Ohio CASA mission.


Winners will be recognized at the annual Awards Luncheon, noon, Friday, September 22.


The Ohio CASA/GAL Association is proud to offer numerous opportunities for becoming part of our growing mission. The annual Celebrate Kids! Conference is the premier training event for court appointed special advocates (CASAs), the volunteers who advocate in court for children who are abused and neglected.

With more than 500 participants expected, the 2017 Celebrate Kids! Conference promises to be a lucrative venue for showcasing new products, ideas, materials and tools that will improve this valuable and impactful work. Details are as follows:

Conference Dates: September 20-22, 2017

Conference Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Columbus-Worthington

Participants: CASA volunteers, staff and program directors; court staff; attorneys; social workers; and juvenile court judges

Exhibit Hours: 1:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Wednesday, September 20; 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Thursday, September 21

Setup: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 20

Tear Down: 5:30 pm, Thursday, September 21

Exhibitors are responsible for their own lodging reservations and expenses. Call 800.870.0349 and reference room reservation code CAS to receive discounted nightly rate of $109. Room block will be held until August 29, 2017.

Ship-Ahead Option
The DoubleTree will accept shipment of your materials on September 18 or 19. Label your shipment “2017 Ohio CASA/GAL Association Conference, September 20-22, 2017.”

Sponsorship Options
The Ohio CASA/GAL Association offers for levels of participation:

Platinum Level

1-page acknowledgment in event program; recognition and signage at event; recognition on Ohio CASA website; and optional Bronze selection.

  • P1
    Wednesday Welcome Keynote & Reception
    Investment: $3,500
    Deadline: August 4
  • P2
    Thursday Luncheon
    Investment: $2,500
    Deadline: August 4
  • P3
    Friday Awards Luncheon
    Investment: $1,500
    Deadline: August 4

Gold Level

Your logo on sponsored item; half-page acknowledgment in event program; recognition on Ohio CASA website; and optional Bronze selection.

  • G1
    Event Program
    Investment: $2,000
    Deadline: August 4
  • G2
    Conference Giveaway
    Investment: $1,800
    Deadline: July 12
  • G3
    Conference Tote Bag
    Investment: $1,500
    Deadline: July 12
  • G4
    Conference Lanyard
    Investment: $1,000
    Deadline: July 12

Silver Level

Skirted table; two chairs; electrical access; breakfast and reception events; recognition in event program and on Ohio CASA website.

  • S1
    1-page Advertisement in Event Program or Tote Bag Stuffer
    Investment: $250
    Deadline: August 4
  • S2
    Half-page Advertisement in Event Program or Tote Bag Stuffer

    Investment: $175
    Deadline: August 4
  • P3
    Quarter-page Advertisement in Event Program or Tote Bag Stuffer

    Investment: $100
    Deadline: August 4

Bronze Level

Recognition in event program and Ohio CASA website.

  • B1
    Display Table
    Investment: $200
    Deadline: August 4
  • B2
    Exhibit Table (for-profit)
    Investment: $150
    Deadline: August 4
  • B3
    Exhibit Table (not-profit/government)
    Investment: $75
    Deadline: August 4
  • B4
    Ohio CASA Member Table
    Investment: $50
    Deadline: August 4

For terms & conditions, click here. For application, click here. Contact Andy Snouffer, training coordinator, at 614.224.2272 for additional information.