& Training



  Other Training





Join us for the 2015 NACAC Conference
in Long Beach, California!

July 30–August 1, 2015
Pre-Conference Session: July 29

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!”

Information about the 2015 Conference will be posted in February 2015. Below is what went on at the 2014 Conference to give you an idea of what is to come!

Keynote Speakers at the 2014 Conference

  • 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!”

Click for more info on the keynote sessions and speakers from 2014


“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 from 2014 Conference

These three all-day pre-conference training sessions were held:

  • “Permanency for Older Children and Youth: Critical Work Before, During, and After Placement” 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 Ellen Kahn and Eric Charles-Gallo

Click for more info on pre-conference sessions

“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 2014


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

Registration & Fees

Registration fees for the 2015 conference will be posted early 2015!

"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).

To reserve a room, visit (link to be posted soon) or call 562-491-1234 or 800-633-7313.

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

Advertising & Exhibiting

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

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.

"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. The fee for CEUs for 2014 was $30.

"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 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