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Call for Proposals

The 2016 Call for Proposal information will be posted in July 2015.

Below is the most recent call for proposals that can be used as a guideline for anyone considering submitting a workshop proposal for the 2016 NACAC conference.

Download a pdf of the following instructions

NACAC is seeking presenters to help parents, professionals, and advocates gain skills and knowledge in adoption-related topics at its 2015 conference. NACAC encourages adoptive and foster parents, child welfare professionals, adoptees, birth parents, former foster youth, researchers, therapists, and other child advocates to submit workshop proposals for the conference that will be held July 30 – August 1, 2015 (pre-conference sessions July 29), in Long Beach, California. Workshops will be either 90 or 120 minutes; some double workshops (three hours) may be offered. We ask presenters to submit no more than five proposals.

Guidelines

Sessions may have up to three presenters. Presenters who are NACAC members do not need to pay registration fees, but are expected to donate their time and expenses as a contribution to waiting children and the adoption community.

Proposed presentations should address one of the topics listed below. Follow the format, provide a detailed outline, state what participants will gain from the presentation, and submit by October 15, 2014. Please submit no more than five proposals.

NACAC makes final selections after board members, staff, and conference committee participants review proposals. We will notify prospective presenters about final session decisions by mid-February 2015.

NACAC is not responsible for verifying the originality of submissions, and cannot be held liable for presenters’ copyright infringements or other ownership rights violations.

Presentation Information

Please use the following format outline:

  • Workshop title
  • Topic—Choose topic from the list below.
  • Length—Indicate preferred length of workshop (90 minutes or 2 hours).
  • Level—Determine a level of intermediate or advanced—intermediate sessions have basic information on a subject area with practical applications; advanced sessions present up-to-date research or content for attendees who already have a strong basic understanding of the issue.
  • Description for registration brochure—Descriptions should be 25 to 75 words in length, and give conference attendees a sense of what to expect from the presentation. NACAC will edit descriptions for length, content, and clarity.
  • Content—Suggest your intended format (lecture, open discussion, panel presentation) and outline the material you plan to present. Please include any handout(s) you would distribute.
  • Intended audience—List parents, social workers, teens, etc., and include prior knowledge needed, if any.

Lead Presenter

  • Name
  • Title
  • Affiliation
  • Address, e-mail, day and evening phone numbers
  • Experience/brief bio

Other Presenters (no more than two)

  • Name
  • Title
  • Affiliation
  • Address, e-mail, day and evening phone numbers
  • Experience/brief bioAudio-Visual Equipment Desired

Please list the a-v equipment you need.

NACAC does not provide LCD projectors or computers, but can provide a screen and cart if you let us know that you are bringing a projector.

Please note: NACAC will not provide paper copies of handouts to attendees. If presenters are willing, we will post their handouts on the NACAC web site before the conference so attendees who want paper copies can print them. Speakers can also bring paper handouts if they choose. A few weeks before the conference, staff will provide lead presenters with the number of people registered for each session for copying purposes.

Topics

Choose the topic area of the presentation you are proposing:

  1. Adoption Agency Management
  2. Advocacy & Public Policy
  3. International Adoption
  4. Issues in Adoption Therapy
  5. Kinship Care & Birth Family Connections
  6. Older Children and Youth Issues
  7. Parenting Adopted Children
  8. Parenting Children with Special Needs
  9. Post-Adoption Services (including parent support groups)
  10. Preparing for Adoption (for parents)
  11. Race, Culture, and Diversity in Adoption
  12. Recruitment & Pre-Adoption Services
  13. Supporting Children and Preparing Families

Download more information about the topics.

Audio-Visual Equipment Desired

List the audio-visual equipment you need.

NACAC does not provide LCD projectors or computers, but can provide a screen and cart if you let us know that you are bringing a projector.

Please note: NACAC will not provide paper handouts to attendees. If presenters are willing, we will post handouts on the NACAC website before the conference so attendees can print paper copies. Speakers can bring paper handouts if they choose. A few weeks before the conference, staff will provide lead presenters with the number of people registered for each session so they can estimate quantities to print.

Submit proposals by October 15, 2014:

By e-mail (PDF or Word)—conference@nacac.org

By fax— 651-644-9848

By mail
NACAC Conference
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
Saint Paul, MN 55114-1149

Questions?

651.644.3036 or conference@nacac.org

 



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