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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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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 ($110 U.S./$150 Cdn.).

Full conference registration is:

  • NACAC members.....$355 U.S./$475 Cdn.
  • Non-members..........$415 U.S./$555 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

Sign up to receive regular email updates from NACAC at If you have questions, call us at (651) 644-3036.

Location and Accommodations

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel (777 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214).

The Sheraton is full but you can book sleeping rooms at:

Holiday Inn Nashville Airport
2200 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37214

Rooms are still available at the Holiday Inn and the discounted price of about $159 per night will be honored until July 26 (or until the room block is full, whichever comes first). To make a reservation, call 615-883-9770 and ask to book rooms und the NACAC block.

The Holiday Inn Nashville Airport is about 1 mile from the Sheraton. The Holiday Inn is offering complimentary transportation to and from the conference hotel. 

“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, August 4 — Denise Goodman, PhD,
    “Now What?! The Need for Post-Adoption Services”
  • Friday, August 5 — Panel featuring young adults who were adopted or experienced foster care, “I Have a Voice”
  • Saturday, August 6 — Awards Luncheon and Closing Session—Sue Badeau,
    “You Are Not Alone: Let's Be Brave Together”

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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

Elizabeth Warner, PsyD, and Ken Huey, PhD, will present an all-day session—“Healing from Trauma: Therapeutic Services, Tools, and Techniques.”

Pre-conference registration fees are $110 U.S./$150 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 2016 workshops


"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 24, and the deadline to submit an ad for the final program is June 24.

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
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