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Kansas City, Missouri
July 24–26, 2014
Pre-Conference Session: July 23

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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.

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!”

Keynote Speakers

  • Thursday, July 24 — Sue Badeau, “Beyond Spare Tires, GPS, and Jumper Cables…Gathering and Using the Tools You Really Need for Your Adoption Road Trip”
  • Friday, July 25 — Nathan Ross and Youth Panel, “Permanency Matters: A Family for Growing Up and Growing Old”
  • Saturday, July 26 — Awards Luncheon and Closing Session by Maris Blechner, “Perspective Is Everything: It’s Time for Some Good News!”

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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 Sessions

On July 23, NACAC will offer three all-day pre-conference training sessions:

  • “Making Permanency a Reality for Older Children and Youth,” by Denise Goodman, Darla Henry, and Pat O’Brien

  • "Creating Trauma-Competent Homes to Nurture Permanency and Attachment” by Dr. James Henry, Dr. Ken Huey, and Regina Kupecky

  • “Improving Services and Outcomes for LGBTQ Youth in Care.” presented by Dr. Chris Downs and Ellen Kahn

Pre-conference registration fees are $100 U.S./$110 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.   

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

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 ($100 U.S./$110 Cdn.). 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.

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

Advertising & Exhibiting

Individuals and organizations can choose to advertise in the final program and to exhibit items on site. The deadline for exhibiting is May 30.

Tabletop exhibits are available near registration and many workshops. Space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early.

For more information, contact Christina Romo.

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

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. The fee for CEUs is $30.

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

Children's Program

NACAC offesr a program for children ages 6 to 17 with workshops and field trips. Space is limited, so register early.

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"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 The registration fee is $50 U.S./$55 Cdn. per youth.

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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 or call 800.325.3535. Availability extends until all rooms fill or until June 20, whichever is first, so please make reservations early.

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 or the conference for youth.)


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