2014 NACAC Conference
40th Annual Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
July 24–26, 2014
Pre-Conference Session: July 23
A Family for Growing Up and Growing Old
Co-Hosted by the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association
Past NACAC attendees praise the conference:
“This was my first NACAC conference. I was inspired, motivated and encouraged to do more for children in the system. The information adds value to my personal and professional life!”
“I have learned so much and enjoyed all the classes and events. In 23 years as a foster parent, adoptive parent, and 2,000+ hours of training, this was the BEST EVER.”
If you have been touched by adoption, you will benefit from attending this conference! The conference has sessions designed to inspire, inform, and encourage all members of the adoption community, including adoptive parents raising children with special needs, professionals seeking families for older children, mental health or other professionals supporting adoptive and foster families, international adoptive parents, adopted persons, and others with personal or professional connections to adoption.
This educational event covers almost every adoption-related topic imaginable—with more than 80 sessions designed to meet the diverse needs and levels of experience of parents, professionals, and adopted persons. ?Sessions are assigned to topic-specific tracks, including:
- core issues in adoption
- issues in adoption therapy
- kinship care & birth family connections
- parenting children with special needs
- older children & youth issues
- race, culture, & diversity in adoption
- recruitment & pre-adoption services
“I am more informed and empowered to be the best I can be for my son.”
"This conference was outstanding;
the best training I’ve ever attended!"
On Thursday, NACAC Board President Sue Badeau will present “Beyond Spare Tires, GPS, and Jumper Cables…Gathering and Using the Tools You Really Need for Your Adoption Road Trip”—an educational, inspirational, and eye-opening session about what to expect on your adoption journey.
Friday’s keynote session—“Permanency Matters: A Family for Growing Up and Growing Old”—will feature a panel of youth who were adopted from or aged out of foster care. They will share their personal experiences and emphasize the importance of a permanent, stable, and loving family for everyone—young and old.
Saturday’s closing session will feature the annual awards ceremony, which honors the contributions of individuals and organizations that are making a difference in adoption.
Each year, we incorporate new and exciting sessions into the NACAC conference line-up. Many sessions are advanced, so even experienced parents and professionals will benefit. Scheduled sessions include:
- Coaching Adoptive Parents to Support Children’s Grieving Process: The 3-5-7 Model
- Ethics in Adoption
- Why Tokens Aren’t Working: Effective Strategies for Disruptive Behaviors
- Innovative Practices for Achieving Permanency
- I Thought I’d Be Done By Now: Parenting Adopted Children into Adulthood
- Learning a New Dance: The Dance of Permanence
- Honoring Your Child’s Culture
The conference features acclaimed speakers including Sue Badeau, Maris Blechner, Barry Chaffkin, April Dinwoodie, Heather Forbes, Denise Goodman, Darla Henry, Ken Huey, Regina Kupecky, Ruth McRoy, Pat O’Brien, Susan Peach, and Adam Pertman.
Click here to view the 2013 conference sessions. (Note: 2014 sessions will not be announced until about February or March 2014.)
"This has been a phenomenal training. All professionals, parents and youth can benefit from learning and educating others with their expertise and experiences."
On July 23, we will offer three all-day pre-conference training sessions:
- In “Making Permanency a Reality for Older Children and Youth,” Denise Goodman, Darla Henry, and Pat O’Brien will explore recruitment, helping youth and families prepare for adoption, working with youth who are resistant to adoption, and the joys and challenges of adopting older youth.
- "Creating Trauma-Competent Homes to Nurture Permanency and Attachment” features Dr. James Henry, Dr. Ken Huey, and Regina Kupecky discussing the prevalence and effects of trauma and how children’s traumatic experiences affect attachment and permanency.
- Dr. Chris Downs and Ellen Kahn will present “Improving Services and Outcomes for LGBTQ Youth in Care.”
During the session, they will discuss best practices when working with LGBTQ youth and the unique struggles and challenges involved with promoting their safety, permanency, and well-being.
Pre-conference registration fees are $100 U.S./$110 Cdn. per person.
Location and Accommodations
Known as the City of Fountains, Kansas City, Missouri offers an atmosphere rich in arts, jazz, and world-famous barbeque. The city is home to the extremely family-friendly Hallmark Crown Center, breathtaking architecture and parks, and many shops and restaurants.
The conference will be held at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center (2345 McGee Street). The adjacent Hallmark Crown Center features the Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center, and a very kid-friendly mall. Discounted guest rooms are available from July 22 to July 27, at $135 per night plus 17 percent tax.
To reserve a room, visit https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/NACAC2014 or call 800.325.3535. Availability extends until all rooms fill or until June 20, whichever is first, so please make reservations early.
Advertising & Exhibiting
Individuals and organizations can choose to advertise in the conference registration booklet and/or final program and to exhibit items on site. Information is now available for advertising in the registration booklet and for exhibit. Deadlines are February 7 for advertising and May 30 for exhibiting. Download an informaiton packet here.
For more information, contact Christina Romo.
"Every year I walk away reenergized with new tools for my parenting toolbox."
NACAC has arranged for general continuing education units (CEUs) from Augsburg College in Minnesota. The full conference will be about 16.5 contact hours or 1.65 CEUs, and you can apply for credit at the conference. Daily CEU certification and pre-conference session CEUs will also be available. Please verify applicability of these CEUs with your professional board. The fee for CEUs is $30.
NACAC will offer a program for children ages 6 to 17 with workshops and field trips.
"I am walking away from this
conference with new ideas and...
a really fresh approach to my work!."
Conference for Youth
On Thursday and Friday, a two-day conference (sponsored by Jockey Being Family) will be offered for youth, ages 18–25, who have been adopted from or aged out of foster care. The conference will feature workshops, educational activities, and information on how to become advocates for youth who need families. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration fee will be $50 U.S./$55 Cdn. per youth.
Registration & Fees
Full registration fees include workshops, general sessions, Saturday’s luncheon, and membership for non-members. Parent couples can register together at a discount. One-day fees will be offered. The pre-conference session has a separate fee (see above). Register by June 20 to receive discounted fees.
Full conference registration is:
- NACAC members $280 U.S./$300 Cdn.
- Non-members $340 U.S./$365 Cdn.
After June 20, fees increase by $55.
Full registration information will be posted here in March 2014. Send us an email if you'd like to be on the list to receive conference information.
Full-time college and graduate students are eligible for a discount of 50 percent off conference registration fees. Copies of a current student ID and transcript are required. (Discounts do not apply to membership or the conference for youth.)