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The NACAC conference is the most comprehensive adoption conference in North America! The conference will be in Atlanta, Georgia, from July 20–22, 2017 (pre-conference session July 19).

If you have been touched by adoption or foster care, you will want to attend this conference!

This four-day educational event covers a wide variety of foster care and adoption topics—to meet the diverse needs and levels of experience of adoptive and foster parents, child welfare professionals, and people who were adopted or in foster care.

We offer close to 90 sessions in topics such as:

  • Supporting and preserving adoptive families
  • Core issues in adoption
  • Effective therapeutic techniques in adoption
  • Kinship care and birth family connections
  • Parenting children with disabilities and challenges
  • Older children and youth
  • Race, culture, and diversity in adoption and foster care
  • Supporting children and families in adoption and foster care
  • Recruiting families for children

The sessions inspire, inform, and encourage all members of the adoption and foster care community!

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2017 registration booklet

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a 2017 conference flyer


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Registration and 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 are available. The pre-conference session has a separate fee ($115 U.S./$150 Cdn.).

Register by June 12 to receive discounted fees. After June 12, fees increase by $55.

Full conference registration is:

  • NACAC members.....$365 U.S./$475 Cdn.
  • Non-members..........$425 U.S./$555 Cdn.
  • Daily rate.................$140 U.S./$185 Cdn.

Choose your workshop sessions then register online at

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Location and Accommodations

The 2017 conference will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta (210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303).

The Westin is now full so if you need accommodations while you're in Atlanta, we recommend you check with to look for nearby options.

“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!”

Keynote Presentations

  • Thursday, July 20—Heather Forbes, LCSW, "Helping Children Love Themselves: Overcoming Their Negative Belief Systems"
  • Friday, July 21—Panel featuring young adults who were adopted or experienced foster care moderated by Michael Sanders, MSW, LISW, “Unpacking the 'No' to Adoption”
  • Saturday, July 22—Awards Luncheon and Closing Session—Barry Chaffkin, LCSW

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“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.”


Pre-Conference Session

On Wednesday, July 19, Heather Forbes, LCSW, will present an all-day session—“Beyond Consequences: Helping Children Heal.”

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“I am more informed and empowered to be the best I can be for my son.”



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.

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"Every year I walk away reenergized with new tools for my parenting toolbox."


Advertising & Exhibiting

Are you interested in reaching a targeted audience of adoption professionals, adoptive and foster parents, adoptees and people who experienced foster care, and other child welfare professional and advocates? If so you should consider advertising or exhibiting at the NACAC conference!

Individuals and organizations can advertise in the final program, and can exhibit items on site. The deadline for advertising in the final program is June 16.

For exhibitors, tabletop exhibits will be in the exhibit hall near registration, workshops, and refreshment breaks. Space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early. The deadline to apply is June 23.

For more information, click on the box below or contact Becky Tempest.

Learn more about advertising and exhibiting


"This conference was outstanding;
the best training I’ve ever attended!"


Academic Accreditation

NACAC has arranged for general continuing education units (CEUs) from Augsburg College in Minnesota. The full conference will be about 15.75 contact hours or 1.575 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 prior to attending. The fee for CEUs is $30 U.S./ $40 Cdn.

"I am walking away from this
conference with new ideas and...
a really fresh approach to my work!."


Student Discount

Full-time college and graduate students may be eligible for a discount of up to 50 percent off conference registration fees. Copies of a current student ID and transcript are required. (Discounts do not apply to membership)


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North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
phone: 651-644-3036
fax: 651-644-9848