Conference Update

The 2020 NACAC conference will be online! The virtual conference will enable our community of parents, professionals, and others touched by child welfare to hear from some of the best speakers on key topics in adoption, permanency, and foster care!

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Save the Date!

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

Join us virtually August 26–29, 2020 for this four-day educational event that 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 conference will have one session offered at a time. The first day will be aimed towards professionals, the last day towards parents, and days 2 and 3 for both parents and professionals.

Attendees can participate live, listen to a recorded version through September 30, or do a mixture of both.

We will offer workshops from expert speakers covering a range of topics, including:

  • 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 2019 session descriptions for a sense of the type of sessions we will offer. (2020 workshop information coming soon!)


Registration and Rates

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Registration opens in May. If you need a registration invoice earlier, contact us at

The four-day NACAC conference is designed with flexible registration options depending on your role. The sessions on day one have a professional focus, sessions on days two and three are for both parents and professionals, and sessions on day four are targeted for parents. 

Each registration is for one person or for a parenting couple who are viewing the sessions together.

Sessions can be viewed as they are happening but registrants will also receive a link to the recording that can be viewed until September 30, 2020.

If you want to register a group of five or more people, contact us at or 651-644-3036 for a group registration form. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount.

Early Bird Rates— After July 17, fees increase by $20 US/ $25 CAD.
Four-Day Registration —
Wednesday, August 26 to Saturday, August 29
  US Rate
Canadian Rate
Member $225 US $250 CAD
Nonmember $275 US $310 CAD
Three-Day Registration —
August 26–28 for professionals
August 27–29 for parents
  US Rate Canadian Rate
Member $175 US $200 CAD
Nonmember $225 US $260 CAD
One- or Two-Day Registration
  US Rate Canadian Rate
Member $125 US $150 CAD
Nonmember $175 US $210 CAD


“As a child welfare professional, adoptive parent, and adoptee, I came away with tools, energy, and an increased sense of purpose to support my clients, my children, and myself.”


“Every year I walk away re-energized with new tools for my parenting toolbox.”


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