Save the dates for the next NACAC annual conference — July 20–23, 2021

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

Join us virtually July 20–23, 2021 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.

Attendees will be able to participate live online, listen to recorded sessions, or do a mixture of both.

If you missed the 2020 NACAC conference, it’s not too late! We now have many of the 2020 conference session recordings available to purchase.

Attendees made the following comments about the 2020 NACAC conference:

“It was an excellent conference! The speakers were incredibly knowledgeable and many spoke from personal experience as adoptive parents or adoptees themselves. I really appreciated walking away from the conference with concrete ideas and interventions I can use in my work with adoptive families and youth!”

“Having a virtual conference with so many knowledgeable and impassioned persons present was wonderful! I feel revitalized to continue in this work and in my commitment to our most vulnerable children. Thank you NACAC for putting on a wonderful set of trainings.”

For 2021, we will again be be offering workshops from expert speakers covering a range of topics, including:

  • The impact of trauma and loss
  • 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! While the 2021 agenda is not yet available, check out the 2020 session descriptions here.

Registration and Rates

The four-day 2021 NACAC conference is designed with flexible registration options depending on your role. Each registration is for one person or for a parenting couple who are viewing the sessions together.

Registration rates will be posted in February and registration will open early spring 2021.

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Academic Accreditation

We will be applying for social work CEs for the 2021 virtual conference. We expect that attendees can earn social work continuing education credits for most of the workshops as long as they attend the live sessions.

If you attended the 2020 conference sessions live and still need to apply for continuing education credits, complete this form.


“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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