SPECIAL GUESTS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
We are thrilled to bring in this amazing line up of inspirational, thought-provoking, and just plain AWESOME special guests and keynote speakers! These amazing speakers will share their expertise and experience with us by compelling us to consider the importance of telling our stories, share updates on the ever-changing world of child protection, and celebrate how every day YOU make a difference in a child's life.
A Vision for Child Welfare and Texas
We are honored to have Jerry Milner, Acting Commissioner for the Federal Administration on Children, Youth and Families, share his vision for child welfare and how Texas is a key player in shaping our nation’s success. Commissioner Milner and David Kelly from his team will speak to the importance of community organizations in supporting families, preventing child maltreatment, and building our youth to be leaders. And, he will share the latest in the efforts being made to advance policies and resources to support State’s in their transformation efforts.
A Special Welcome from the First Lady of Texas
First Lady and Governor Abbott have championed Network of Nurture, a community of individuals, families, leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, faith community and more to help lift up and support the child welfare system in Texas. We are grateful for Governor and Mrs. Abbott’s recognition that it truly takes a village to raise a child and the Network of Nurture is one way to create that village around our State’s most vulnerable children.
Kids in a New Groove
Since 2009, Kids In A New Groove (KING) has provided a vital service to central Texas youth in foster care by furnishing them with musical instruments and facilitating weekly one-on-one music mentorship from Austin-area music educators. We at KING believe that music is a shelter in times of hardship, a tool of empowerment, and an unmatched means of expressing one’s truest self. Our mission is to make a lasting impact in the lives of youth in foster care by providing them with a consistent, encouraging relationship with an adult mentor and to instill in them the sense of self-confidence, self-worth, and self-determination that comes from learning to play a musical instrument.