Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Aug 7, 2013

2013 NCAC Conference -Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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39th Annual Conference
August 7–10, 2013

Each year, we incorporate new and exciting sessions into the comprehensive NACAC conference. This educational event covers almost every adoption-related topic imaginable—with more than 80 sessions about post-adoption services, therapeutic techniques, preparing for adoption (for prospective adopters), native/aboriginal issues, parenting children with challenges, recruitment and pre-adoption issues, international/infant adoption, public policy, and more. Many sessions are advanced, so even experienced parents and workers will benefit from them.

Tentative sessions for 2013 include:

  • Preserving Aboriginal Culture through Customary Adoption
  • The Complexities of Dual Diagnosis: When FASD Meets RAD
  • Bounce Back & Thrive: Promoting Resilient Thinking
  • Changing the Lens on (Dis)Ability
  • Courageous Conversations about Race and Adoption
  • Breaking Down Barriers: Dispelling the Myths of “Adoptability”
  • Preparing Families for the Roller Coaster Ride of International Adoption

Pre-Conference Sessions

We've added a second full-day pre-conference session on August 7. In “Permanency Matters: Tools to Find Families for Older Children and Youth,” Sue Badeau, Denise Goodman, and Pat O’Brien will discuss the importance of youth permanency and present numerous strategies for finding forever families for older children and youth.


The other pre-conference session is by Dr. Daniel Hughes and Dr. Jonathan Baylin: "Creating a Love to Last a Lifetime: Understanding the Neuroscience of Attachment.” The session will cover attachment issues in adoption, the neurobiology of attachment, and attachment-focused family therapy.

Please note that U.S. attendees will need a passport to travel to Canada. Getting a passport can take quite a while, so apply for yours today!

Pre-conference session registration fees are $100 per person. Those who attend the full conference receive a $20 discount on their pre-conference session registration.


Registration Booklet

The NACAC conference registration booklet—with detailed information on all general sessions and workshops, the conference for youth, children's program, registration forms, and more—will be posted on NACAC's web site this Friday, March 15. Online registration will open on either Friday or Monday. We encourage you to share the booklet with other adoption community members who might be interested in attending the conference.


If you would like printed copies of the booklet to distribute, please e-mail us at and let us know how many you would like and where we should send them.


United Airlines

In addition to the discounts on Air Canada and Porter Airlines, United Airlines will be offering discounted fares to Toronto for the conference. To book using United, visit and use code code ZPX3278004 in the Offer Code box (under the Return Time field).

Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario).

8 AM - 5 PM

Contact: Kim Styevens
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