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A Premier Continuing Education Conference for Adoption Professionals

About the Conference

NCFA's annual conference offers continuing education and high-caliber training to professionals from the adoption, social work, and child welfare communities who all share a common commitment to helping children thrive in nurturing, permanent families.

The Conference gives you an opportunity to learn from experts, refine your application of best practices, network with fellow professionals, and be re-inspired for the important work that you do in your community, region, and the world.

After two years of virtual conferences, we're excited to meet in person again this year!

Sponsor & Exhibit

As the only annual event of its kind specifically tailored to the needs of adoption professionals, the Conference gives Sponsors a unique opportunity to increase brand awareness through multiple touchpoints and make actionable connections with decision-makers from the nation’s leading adoption organizations.

We invite you to support this year's event through one of our four-tiered sponsorship packages. We also have targeted opportunities and exhibitor space available on a first-come, first-serve basis.




Conference attendees will delight in the paramount convenience and unrivaled comfort of Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.  After a bustling day of training and networking, fuel up with your favorite comfort foods at Conner's Kitchen + Bar, serving classic home-style cuisine with an elevated flare. Sumptuously plush bedding, Smart TVs and panoramic city views await to welcome you to modern luxury. In the morning, stop by Loaf + Vine, the grab-and-go market for a tasty breakfast pastry and coffee. From the welcoming lobby to the stylish accommodations, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown will redefine your perception of relaxation.

NCFA by the Numbers

2021 Virtual Attendees

Featuring experts in child welfare, adoption law, trauma, social work, nonprofit leadership, regulatory compliance, and agency practices, the 2021 Conference brought vital education and training to adoption professionals across the country.

NCFA Members

NCFA convenes a vibrant community of adoption agencies, attorneys, and resource organizations through our growing membership program.

Years of Service

Since our founding in 1980, National Council For Adoption has held to the vision of a world in which all children everywhere have nurturing, permanent families.

Plenary Speakers

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Chauncey Strong, MSW

Child Welfare Professional and Consultant
Strong Training and Consulting

Navigating Adoptive and Birth Family Relationships

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Naomi Schaefer Riley

Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

The Best Interests of the Child: Forming Consensus in a Polarized Age

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Dr. David Brodzinsky

Professor Emeritus of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Rutgers University

The Role of Trauma in the Lived Experience of Being Adopted

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Rita Soronen

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Angela Smith Grossman

Assistant Deputy Director of Field Operations, Indiana Department of Child Services
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Shannon Schumacher

The Power of Private/Public Partnerships in Advancing Permanency for Children

What People Are Saying

"I really appreciated walking away from the conference with concrete ideas and interventions I can use in my work with adoptive families and youth."

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— Past Conference Attendees

"It was my first NCFA conference and I found it informational, inspiring, and affirming. Although I have only been working in the adoption field about six months, I have nearly 30 years of personal experience as an adult adoptee. All of the conversations around adoption, the resources, the education and the passion confirm that this is a space I need to continue to work in.”

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