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The Leading Continuing Education Conference for Adoption Professionals

2023 Information Coming Soon!

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.

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 typically offer targeted opportunities and exhibitor space available on a first-come, first-serve basis.




We are excited about the potential locations and venues for the 2023 Conference! It is important to us and our attendees that we seek to host the conference in a location that offers easy access via air or road travel, appealing local restaurant options, high-quality meeting spaces, and convenient hotel accommodations. Stay tuned for the big announcement!

NCFA by the Numbers

2022 Conference Attendees

Featuring experts in child welfare, adoption law, trauma, social work, nonprofit leadership, regulatory compliance, and agency practices, the 2022Conference brought 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.

2022 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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