2024 Celebrate Kids! Conference

Your guide to conference registration, workshop information, parking and all other essential details

The Ohio CASA/GAL Association is honored to open registration for the 29th Annual Celebrate Kids! Conference. This guide contains links to online registration, workshop descriptions, hotel information and other conference details. 

We are excited to welcome hundreds of CASA volunteers and staff, judges, attorneys and other child welfare advocates to #CKC24. 

Conference Details:

29th Annual Celebrate Kids! Conference

September 25-27, 2024  

Hyatt Regency Downtown Columbus  

350 N. High St.  

Columbus, OH 43215

Registration dates and fees:

• $150 until September 1, 2024 

• $200 from September 2 – September 11, 2024  

• Registration closed September 12 – 24

• On-site registration open September 25 – 27 ($200)  

Note: Conference registration and hotel fees are separate 

Conference Agenda:


Registration: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.** 
Workshops: 1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (There will be a snack break during this session)


Registration: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Plenary Speaker 1: 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Workshops: 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Lunch + Awards Ceremony: 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Workshops: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Snack break: 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Workshops: 3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
CASA Connect Hour: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 


Registration: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Plenary Speaker 2: 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Workshops: 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Takeaway Lunch + Raffle: 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

** Please note: Registration is available from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday. The first session begins at 1:45 p.m. 

You can learn more about our workshops here:

You can learn more about our expert speakers here:

Connect with us on social media using the hashtag #CKC24 

Hotel information:

If you are a director planning to pay for someone’s room, that person will need to bring a credit card authorization form when checking in. Access it by clicking here.

If needed, please bring these tax exemption forms when checking in:

Parking information:

If you are staying at the Hyatt Regency and/or if you need in and out privileges during the day, please park in the Chestnut Garage and your parking will be covered. Pull a ticket when you first park, then see the front desk when you check in for validation. 

If you are attending the conference just for the day, there is daily/overflow parking available in the Convention Center South Garage next door to the hotel: 88 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus, OH 43215. If you park in the overflow lot, please visit the CASA shop in the Garfield room (or see an Ohio CASA staff member) for a validation ticket.  Please note that the South Garage does NOT have in/out privileges.

Other important forms:

Group Payment Form: If you are paying for a group of attendees, please use this form

It can be mailed to Ohio CASA at 150 E. Mound Street, Suite 210, Columbus, OH 43215 

Attorney Scholarship Information:

Conference registration fees are waived for eligible, licensed attorneys who have served as a child’s GAL or counsel in an Ohio juvenile court in the past three years. 

If you are interested in utilizing an attorney scholarship, please email a statement that asserts your eligibility to Megan Heydlauff, Ohio CASA Director of Attorney Services, at mheydlauff@ohiocasa.org prior to registering to receive the scholarship code. 

You can access a list of the Celebrate Kids! Conference sessions approved for attorney professional conduct hours here

Special Features at #CKC24

CASA Connect Hour: With the generous support of our sponsors, we will be hosting a CASA Connect Hour directly after workshops conclude on Thursday until 6:00 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom Foyer. Join us for complementary appetizers, a cash bar, live music, and a chance to build relationships. Connect with other volunteers and learn how CASA boards of directors operate to support local programs. All are invited and welcome!

Photos of CASA Programs: Thanks to our generous supporters, quality photos will be taken of CASA programs on Thursday, September 26. Program directors can look for more details here and in emails leading up the conference. In the meantime, email Ohio CASA Director of Development Kristin Gilbert at kgilbert@ohiocasa.org to share your interest.

Awards Lunch: Join Ohio CASA, volunteers and supporters for a special plated lunch. This will be an inspiring afternoon where volunteers are honored and the CASA community comes together. All are welcome in the Regency Ballroom from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 26.

Questions? Need assistance? Contact us at ohiocasa@ohiocasa.org or 614-224-2272. 

Show appreciation for our #CKC24 Sponsors!