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The Leading Continuing Education Conference for Adoption Professionals

June 28 - 30, 2023 | St. Louis, MO

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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.

Registration Will Open in January 2023

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.

2023 Sponsorship Information Coming Soon

 

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Hotel Venue

Located in the heart of St. Louis' bustling Central West End district, The Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel brings elegant style and old-world glamour to the Gateway City. Discover luxurious amenities and service in the grandest of hotel traditions. With 398 stunning guest rooms and suites, three onsite restaurants, a historic movie theater, 18,000 sq. ft. fitness center, outdoor Mediterranean-style swimming pool and over 65,000 square feet of meeting space to choose from, The Chase Park Plaza is truly a "City within a City".

Block Room Rate Information Coming Soon

Request for Proposals

The 2023 National Adoption Conference planning team has issued a Request for Proposals. This Conference is designed to create connection, build community, and most importantly provide excellent education and training for today’s adoption professionals to strengthen their service practice to children, youth and families.

We are seeking professional-level proposals that will elevate diverse perspectives, address emerging topics and recent research, and equip attendees to innovate solutions in response to ongoing challenges and new opportunities in the adoption community. Attendees represent a broad cross-section of professional roles and work in a variety of settings, including domestic and intercountry adoption, adoption law, mental health, and foster care/child welfare systems. We are especially interested in proposals that will facilitate dialogue, interaction, and practical application.

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 2022 Conference brought education and training to adoption professionals from 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.

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."

"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.”

Past Conference Programs

A look back at past sessions and speakers, sponsors and exhibitors

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