NACAC has a wealth of knowledge to share with foster and adoptive parents, adoption professionals, and parent support group leaders in the U.S. and Canada. Our staff present workshops at statewide and national conferences.

Our staff trainers have decades of experience helping foster and adoptive parents, as well as social work professionals, learn about adoption assistance/subsidies, how to start and sustain parent support groups, issues related to race and culture in foster and adoptive placements, how to avoid allegations, and much more. Most workshop sessions are 1.5 to 3 hours long, although a few of our trainings are all day or multi-day.

If you are interested in learning more about how NACAC training can help your staff or parent group members, please contact the staff listed under the topic areas below.

In addition to the following training available on request, NACAC sponsors the most comprehensive adoption conference in North America (for more information, see the conference section of this site). We also offer free and paid webinars.

Training Topics

Adoption Assistance/Subsidies

NACAC offers training for adoption professionals, adoptive parents, and prospective adopters on eligibility, benefits, and program operation related to adoption assistance. For more information on how you can arrange for an adoption assistance training in your community, email Josh Kroll at joshk@nacac.org.

Adoption Competency

NACAC has developed a curriculum for parents and caregivers support networks, social workers, and mental health professionals to enhance their ability to provide adoption-competent services. Read more about NACAC’s adoption competency training or email kimstevens@nacac.org.

Adoption Practice

The following NACAC workshops are designed to help child welfare professionals:

  • Adolescent Brain Development, Trauma Recovery, and Implications for Policy and Practice
  • Adoptive Family Preservation
  • Redefining Permanency Work with Older Youth

If you’re interesting in learning more about these sessions, email Kim Stevens at kimstevens@nacac.org:

Advocacy

For more information on the following workshops, email Kim Stevens at kimstevens@nacac.org:

  • Setting up a Statewide Advocacy Coalition
  • Advocacy 101
  • Advocating for Your Child and All Children
  • Hosting a Kids and Judges Day
  • Successful Legislative Advocacy Strategies

Parent Groups

NACAC also offers more than 30 training topics related to parent group development, support, and revitalization. Trainings can be for parent group leaders or members of parents groups. Click on link above or email barbclark@nacac.org for more information.

Parenting

NACAC offers training for adoptive and foster parents, including:

For more information on training for parents, email Kim Stevens at kimstevens@nacac.org.

Youth Advocacy or Networking

NACAC can provide training to help you create or enhance your youth advocacy or support networks. We also offer sessions for young people about strategic sharing and advocacy. For more information about our training or support, contact kaylavandyke@nacac.org.

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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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