Join us at the most comprehensive adoption and foster care conference in North America this August!

If you have been touched by adoption or foster care, you will want to attend this conference!

This four-day educational event covers a wide variety of foster care and adoption topics—to meet the diverse needs and levels of experience of adoptive and foster parents, child welfare professionals, and people who were adopted or in foster care. [The 2018 NACAC conference will be held from Wednesday, August 8, to Friday, August 10, with the pre-conference session on Tuesday, August 7. These are different days of the week than in previous years.]

We offer more than 80 sessions in topics such as:

  • Supporting and preserving adoptive families
  • Core issues in adoption
  • Effective therapeutic techniques in adoption
  • Kinship care and birth family connections
  • Parenting children with disabilities and challenges
  • Older children and youth
  • Race, culture, and diversity in adoption and foster care
  • Supporting children and families in adoption and foster care
  • Recruiting families for children

The sessions inspire, inform, and encourage all members of the adoption and foster care community! Check out the session descriptions for more details.

Download a 2-page conference flyer
Download the registration booklet

Registration and Rates

Choose your workshop sessions then register online at

To request a printed copy of the registration booklet, email

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Full registration fees include workshops, general sessions, Wednesday reception, 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 ($115 per person).

Full conference registration (early rates)*:

  • NACAC members…..$365
  • Non-members……….$425

Daily registration (Wednesday to Friday):

  • Individual………………….$145
  • Parent Couple…………..$200

Pre-conference (August 7, 2018):

  • Per person…………..$115

* Full time students are eligible for a 50 percent discount on conference and pre-conference fees.

* If paying with a Canadian check, please contact us for Canadian rates. All online payment is processed at the US rates in US dollars.

Location and Accommodations

The 2018 conference will be held at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota at 11 East Kellogg Boulevard.

Discounted guest rooms are $159 per night (plus tax). Availability extends until all rooms fill or until July 17, whichever comes first. Make hotel reservations.

Please note we are close to full at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel (and full for Monday, August 6).

If the InterContinental is full, you can book a room at our overflow hotel – the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – which is about 3 blocks away at 411 Minnesota Street downtown Saint Paul. Click on this link to get our rate of $159 or call 651-291-8800.

“Every year I walk away re-energized 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 final program, and can exhibit items on site. The deadline to submit an ad for the final program is June 29, 2018.

For exhibitors, tabletop exhibits will be in the exhibit area near registration, workshops, and refreshment breaks. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2018.

For more information, click here or contact Becky Tempest.

Academic Accreditation

NACAC has arranged for general continuing education units (CEUs) from Augsburg University in Minnesota. The full conference will be 17.25 contact hours or 1.725 CEUs, preconference will be 6.00 contact hours or 0.6 CEUs and you can apply for credit at the conference. Daily CEU certification will also be available. Please verify applicability of these CEUs with your professional board prior to attending. The fee for CEUs is $30 and it takes approximately 6 weeks for the credits to be processed.

“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!”

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The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) supports, educates, inspires, and advocates so adoptive families thrive and every child in foster care has a permanent, safe, loving family.


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