Children's Advocacy Days - March 8-9, 2022

Children's Advocacy Days
CAD 22 Save the Date

Children's Advocacy Days 2022. Currents of Change; Rivers of Opportunity. 

Since Spring of 2020, we all have experienced unprecedented and unique challenges. Though challenges remain, Tennesseans are committed to finding a way forward together. The last two years have impacted some Tennessee communities more than others. While the private and public sectors found unique ways to overcome and continue to provide critical services for children and families throughout the state, we’re now getting a better idea of how each county and community has fared during the pandemic. Tentative policies and plans have become permanent, many service provider workloads have increased, and children and youth learned to adapt to a new normal. Let’s acknowledge these currents of change and the opportunities that lie ahead! Please join us Children’s Advocacy Days 2022; “Currents of Change; Rivers of Opportunity!”

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CAD 2021 Agenda 

The past year brought unique and unprecedented challenges for us all. And, yet, as we have seen in other times of adversity, we witnessed the commitment and determination of so many Tennesseans. Both the public and private sectors found creative ways to work together and continue to provide critical services and supports to the many children, youth and families in our state. So, as we look to the past for lessons learned, we also look to the future for new opportunities. Let’s renew our efforts, refresh our minds and refocus our energy. Please enjoy Children’s Advocacy Days 2021!


Watch Videos from Children's Advocacy Day 2021 

2020 Children's Advocacy Days Information

Videos from 2020 Children's Advocacy Days

The Public Health Imperative of Preventing Early Adversity – Dr. Melissa Merrick, PhD, President and CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America

Census 2020 – Joseph Williams, Director of External Affairs, Office of Governor Bill Lee, Faye Anderson, Partnership Coordinator, United States Census Bureau

Systems of Care – It’s All in Your Approach – Millie Sweeney, Deputy Director, Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association

Southern Word

Compelling Conversation – Health: Dr. Morgan McDonald, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health, and Dr. Freida Outlaw, Ex. Academic Consultant, SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program, American Nurses Association

Compelling Conversation – Children’s Services: Jennifer Nichols, JD, Commissioner, Department of Children’s Services, and Dr. Lori Messinger, Dean, University of Tennessee College of Social Work

Compelling Conversation – Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: Marie Williams, LCSW, Commissioner, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Rob Mortensen, Vice Chair, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

Compelling Conversation – Education: Lisa Coons, Chief of Standards and Materials, Department of Education, and James Pond, President, Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation

Compelling Conversation – Human Services: Danielle Barnes, JD, Commissioner, Department of Human Services, Brianna Mason, Miss Tennessee 

Compelling Conversation – TCCY: Richard Kennedy, MA, Executive Director, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, Phil Acord, Chief Executive Officer, Chambliss Center for Children

Tennessee State Parks, ACE Resiliency Project, Building Strong Brains TN Innovation Grant – Sarah Green, Environmental Literacy Coordinator, Tennessee State Parks

Rural Resources Farm & Food Education Center, Building Strong Brains TN Innovation Grant – Sally
Causey, Executive Director

2019 Children's Advocacy Days Information


What's Children's Advocacy Days ?

Children’s  Advocacy Days (CAD) is an event with a 30-year history. It is an opportunity for children’s advocates, service providers and others to come together to be inspired by speakers, leaders and peers. The event draws approximately 600 individuals interested in children and family issues. CAD consists of training, networking, advocacy and celebration.

Registration for the 2022 Children's Advocacy Days  can be found here