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.

What attendees said about the virtual 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.”

Keynotes and Workshops

We are 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! Check out the session descriptions here and the schedule here.

Registration and Rates

Registration is open. If you need a registration invoice, contact us at conference@nacac.org.

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.

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

Early Bird Rates — after June 1, fees increase by $20
Tuesday, July 20 to Friday, July 23
4-day $240 $290
3-day $195 $245
2-day $150 $200

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Academic Accreditation

We are again applying for social work continuing education credits (CEs) for the 2021 virtual conference from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). We expect that attendees can earn social work CEs for most of the workshops as long as they attend the live sessions.

Please verify applicability of these CEs with your professional board.

You can apply for credit once the course is completed for an additional fee of $30.


Would you like to reach 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 exhibit virtually at the NACAC conference!


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


“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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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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