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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 90 sessions designed to meet the diverse needs and levels of experience of parents, professionals, and adopted persons.

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“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 Speakers for the 2015 Conference

  • Thursday, July 30 — Dan Siegel, MD,
    “Families, Children, and Therapy from the Inside Out”
  • Friday, July 31 —Sixto Cancel, Julia Charles, and Daryle Conquering Bear,
    “From Struggle to Success.”
  • Saturday, August 1— Awards Luncheon and Closing Session—Joe Kroll,
    "You Are NACAC"

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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

Dan Siegel, MD, of the Mindsight Institute will present an all-day pre-conference session—“Mindsight and Healing Trauma”

Pre-conference registration fees are $100 U.S./$115 Cdn. per person.

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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.

Click here to view the workshops from 2015


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


Registration & Fees

Register online at:

If you cannot register online, call 651-644-3036 to request a registration form or email

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 ($100 U.S./$115 Cdn.).

Full conference registration is:

  • NACAC members $335 U.S./$400 Cdn.
  • Non-members $395 U.S./$470 Cdn.

The registration booklet has workshop descriptions and registration and other conference information. Access an online copy here or, to request a printed copy, send your name and address to Registration information will also be posted here. Sign up to receive regular email updates from NACAC at If you have questions, call us at (651) 644-3036.

"This has been a phenomenal training. All professionals, parents and youth can benefit from learning and educating others with their expertise and experiences."

Location and Accommodations

The 2015 conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach (200 South Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802; 562-491-1234). Note: there is a 2nd Hyatt hotel nearby with a similar name so be sure to reference the entire hotel name if needed.

Please note: As of early July, the Hyatt has no available guest rooms on Wednesday and Thursday nights and our overflow hotel (Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, 562-435-7676) is full on peak nights as well. We suggest you look for local hotel options at online travel websites such as Expedia or

If you're traveling from the Hotel Maya to the Hyatt Regency, the best option is the free Long Beach bus, called the Passport. Learn more and view schedules at

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

Advertising & Exhibiting

Individuals and organizations can advertise in the final program and exhibit items on site.

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 for signing up to exhibit is June 5, the deadline to submit an ad for the final program is June 12.

For more information, contact Becky Tempest or Christina Romo.

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"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 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 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 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)


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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