The annual NACAC conference is the most comprehensive adoption conference in North America!

Join us in Saint Paul, Minnesota, from August 8–10, 2018 (pre-conference session August 7) for the 2018 NACAC Conference.

[Please note: the 2018 NACAC conference will be held from Wednesday to Friday with the pre-conference session on Tuesday. This is a different schedule than in previous years.]

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“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!”

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.

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 sessions at the 2017 conference to get a sense of what the conference will be like.

Registration and Rates

Registration will open in the spring. Sign up for our e-newsletter to be sure you stay up-to-date on all the latest conference news, including when registration opens.

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 US/$150 Cdn).

Full conference registration (early rates):

  • NACAC members…..$310 US ($405 Cdn)
  • Non-members……….$370 US ($485 Cdn)

Daily registration is:

  • Wednesday, August 8…..$125 US ($165 Cdn)
  • Thursday, August 9……….$125 US ($165 Cdn)
  • Friday, August 10……$125 US ($165 Cdn)

Pre-conference (August 7, 2018):

  • All…………..$115 US ($150 Cdn)

Location and Accommodations

The 2018 conference will be held at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Information about making guest reservations will be posted when registration opens.

“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 registration booklet or final program, and can exhibit items on site. The deadline to submit an ad for the registration booklet is March 23, 2108.

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.

“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.”


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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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