NACAC is seeking presenters to help parents, professionals, and advocates gain skills and knowledge in adoption-related topics at its 2018 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 Wednesday to Friday, August 8-10, 2018 (pre-conference session Tuesday, August 7), in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Workshops will be from 75, 90, or 120 minutes; some double workshops (three hours) may be offered. We ask presenters to submit no more than five proposals.

[Please Note: the 2018 conference will be held from Wednesday to Friday with the pre-conference session on Tuesday. These are different days of the week than the conference has been scheduled in the past.]

Submit proposals by October 31, 2017

Use the link below to submit your workshop proposals:



Sessions may have up to three presenters. 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 October 31, 2017.

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 2018.

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 2 hours).
  • 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, e-mail, day and evening phone numbers
  • Experience/brief bio

Other Presenters (no more than two)

  • Name
  • Title
  • Affiliation
  • Address, e-mail, day and evening phone numbers
  • Experience/brief bio
Choose the topic area of the presentation you are proposing:

  1. Adoption Agency Management
  2. Advanced Issues in Adoption and Adoption Therapy
  3. Advocacy & Public Policy
  4. International Adoption
  5. Kinship Care & Birth Family Connections
  6. Parenting Adopted Children
  7. Parenting Children with Special Needs
  8. Permanency for Older Children and Youth
  9. Post-Adoption Services (including parent support groups)
  10. Preparing for Adoption (for parents)
  11. Race, Culture, and Diversity in Adoption
  12. Recruitment & Pre-Adoption Services
  13. Research in Adoption and Foster Care
  14. Supporting Children and Preparing Families

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 October 31, 2017:

Online submission form:


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