We knew that our 2016 From Helping to Healing conference in New Orleans would be fun, educational, and inspiring...but we had no idea that it would turn out to be our largest and most successful National Adoption Conference ever! Thanks to you, we had a record-breaking 450 attendees, officially doubling the size of this conference in just two years!
So what did we learn? Everything from A-dvocacy to Z-ika over the course of 63 sessions. Our conference presenters offered informative and unique perspectives from across the field of adoption, and with our co-hosts at AAAA and AAARTA, we also offered sessions on best practices in adoption law and assisted reproductive technology. Click here to view our 2016 conference program.
Our conference brought together a diverse group of adoption professionals, all passionate about helping children thrive in families. We had a blast at networking events throughout the week, including a parade through the streets of New Orleans, a reception at JAX Brewery overlooking the Mississippi River, and a cozy dessert reception at The JW Marriott NOLA. New Orleans was the perfect setting for this year's conference, as we honored New Orleans native Senator Mary Landrieu at our special awards reception. Sen. Landrieu's lifetime of service to children and families was gratefully acknowledged with the presentation of NCFA's prestigious Ruby Lee Piester Adoption Award. NCFA also presented the Adoption Hall of Fame Award to Susan Cox, the Friend of Adoption Award to Mark McDermott, and the Warren and Mary Alice Babineaux Award to Nicole Marchman. We were please that Mr. Warren Babineaux could join us – an extraordinary man who has fostered more than 200 children together with his wife.
Overall, the conference was a huge success and we are grateful to our sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, and attendees for joining us. If you missed this year's conference – or just want to relive it! – check out our Storify stream below! We hope to see you next year at NCFA's Moving Mountains for Children conference in Denver.