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Keynote Speakers

We are very excited about our keynote speakers for the 2017 conference! 

Chadwick Sapenter

Chadwick Sapenter is a former foster kid turned serial entrepreneur, best selling author, and motivational speaker, currently Chadwick is the CEO and founder of Little Book of Words Publishing. Chadwick has spent the last decade as a motivational speaker helping youth in foster care find their purpose in life and showing the adults who work in Child Welfare how to make meaningful connections and that a little encouragement can go a long way. After thousands of talks Chadwick realizes the best way for him to help is to share his story in experiences with passion and authenticity and to provide resources and solutions that can be easily implemented.

Kyle Hutton

Texas-based singer/songwriter and founder of Real Life Real Music, was adopted at 6 weeks old after a brief stint in foster care through Depelchin Children’s Center in Houston. Kyle, along with his wife Tara, have navigated the Texas Foster Care system over the last year and have fostered 5 children during that time. Kyle has recorded five albums and had songs recorded by Texas mainstays Roger Creager and Walt Wilkins. His Real Life Real Music syndicated radio program is heard by thousands weekly across the state and beyond.

DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman, Assistant Commissioner of CPS, Kristene Blackstone and Assistant Commission of RCCL Jean Shaw

The DFPS executive team will provide an assessment of 85th legislative session, as well as current initiatives underway at the agency that impact the Texas child welfare provider community.

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