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NACAC is seeking presenters to help parents, professionals, and advocates gain skills and knowledge in adoption-related topics at its 2019 conference. NACAC encourages adoptive and foster parents, child welfare professionals, adoptees, birth parents, former foster youth, researchers, therapists, and other child advocates to submit workshop proposals for the conference that will be held July 18-20, 2019 (pre-conference session Wednesday, July 17), in Las Vegas, Nevada. Workshops are 90 minutes long except one breakout period which is 75 minutes long. We ask presenters to submit no more than five proposals.

Submit proposals by November 16, 2018

Online submission form—


Presenters (up to 3 per session) who are NACAC members will have reduced registration fees, but are expected to donate their time and expenses as a contribution to waiting children and the adoption community.

Proposed presentations should address one of the topics listed below. Follow the format, provide a detailed outline, state what participants will gain from the presentation, and submit by November 16, 2018.

NACAC makes final selections after board members, staff, and conference committee participants review proposals. We will notify prospective presenters about final session decisions by mid-February 2019.

NACAC is not responsible for verifying the originality of submissions, and cannot be held liable for presenters’ copyright infringements or other ownership rights violations.

Presentation Information

Below is the format the online proposal submission form will follow:

  • Workshop title
  • Topic—See topic list below.
  • Length—Preferred length of workshop—90 minutes or 75 minutes (only one breakout period).
  • Level—Determine a level of intermediate or advanced—intermediate sessions have basic information on a subject area with practical applications; advanced sessions present up-to-date research or content for attendees who already have a strong basic understanding of the issue.
  • Description for registration brochure—Descriptions should be 25 to 75 words in length, and give conference attendees a sense of what to expect from the presentation. NACAC will edit descriptions for length, content, and clarity.
  • Content—Suggest your intended format (lecture, open discussion, panel presentation) and outline the material you plan to present. Please include any handout(s) you would distribute.
  • Intended audience—List parents, social workers, teens, etc., and include prior knowledge needed, if any.

Lead Presenter

  • Name
  • Title, Affiliation, Address, Phone Number
  • Email
  • Experience/brief bio

Other Presenters

  • Name
  • Title, Affiliation, Address, Phone Number
  • Email
  • Experience/brief bio

Choose the topic area of the presentation you are proposing:

  1. Advocacy and Public Policy
  2. Agency Management and Systems Issues
  3. Birth Family Connections and Openness
  4. Disabilities and Challenges
  5. Older Children and Teens
  6. Parenting in Adoption and Foster Care
  7. Preparing and Supporting Families
  8. Considering Adoption
  9. Race, Culture, and Diversity
  10. Recruiting Families
  11. Successes in Permanency
  12. Supporting Children
  13. Therapeutic Techniques and Programs

Download more information about the topics

Audio-Visual Equipment Desired

List the audio-visual equipment you need.

NACAC does not provide LCD projectors or computers, but can provide a screen and cart if you let us know that you are bringing a projector.

Please note: NACAC does not provide paper handouts to attendees. Speakers can bring paper handouts if they choose. A few weeks before the conference, staff will provide lead presenters with the number of people registered for each session so they can estimate quantities to print.

Submit proposals by November 16, 2018:

Online submission form:


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