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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.

Click here to download a Save the Date flyer for 2017


Location and Accommodations

The 2017 conference will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in downtown Atlanta.
(210 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303).

“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!”

Below is information about the 2016 conference.dSpecifics about the 2017 conference
will be posted in April 2017.

Keynote SpeakersPre-Conference SessionWorkshopsRatesLocation


AdvertisingAccreditationStudent Discounts


Keynote Presentations

The 2017 keynote presentations will be posted in April. Here are last year's keynotes as an example.

  • 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”

Click for more info on the keynote sessions and speakers


“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

The 2017 pre-conference session will be posted in April. Here is last year's session as an example.

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

Click for more info on pre-conference session

“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

Are you interested in reaching a targeted audience of adoption professionals, adoptive and foster parents, adoptees and people who experienced foster care, and other child welfare professional and advocates? If so you should consider advertising or exhibiting at the NACAC conference!

Individuals and organizations can advertise in the registration booklet and final program, and can exhibit items on site. The deadline for advertising in the registration booklet is February 24.

For 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 to apply is June 2.

For more information, click on the box below or contact Becky Tempest.

Learn more about advertising and exhibiting


"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 may be eligible for a discount of up to 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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