The National Voice of Foster Parents

call for presenters

Thank you for your interest in the 50th Annual National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) Annual Education Conference. Our conference will be held June 18th – June 21st, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia. We look forward to receiving your innovative proposals and value your participation in what we plan to be a valuable and enjoyable learning, networking, advocacy experience. 

Deadline for Proposals: All proposals must be submitted electronically by November 24, 2019.

Topic / Track Areas:  We encourage proposals that relate to the conference theme while being useful for our conference participants: typically foster, kinship, and adoptive families, as well as child welfare, mental health and other related professionals. We encourage proposals that relate to the following tracks: Advocacy; Trauma; Support; Parenting; and Innovative Programs.  

Selection Criteria: Being relevant to the conference theme “Together Toward Tomorrow”, special populations, organizations, individuals and families in/outside the formal child welfare system.

Having an engaging format, including use of handouts, interactive presentations, discussions and hands-on learning opportunities.

Showing the ability to be replicated and adapted by participants within their families, communities, associations, and practice areas.

Providing procedures and tools for implementation, adaptation, and replication. Being relevant to foster, adoptive, and kinship families and agency/organization professionals.

Demonstrating cultural sensitivity to diverse populations of children, families, and individuals.

Requirements:  All workshops will be between 75 and 90 minutes in length. The selected presenter(s) MUST agree in writing to provide an electronic copy of any and all handout materials for possible publication/posting on the NFPA website. Electronic copies of handouts are due to NFPA by June 1, 2020.

All presenters and any co-presenters MUST register for the conference. Presenters and co-presenters MUST pay their own expenses including conference registration. Conference registration is reduced to $170 for presenters and co-presenters who want to attend other workshops and conference events including any meals. Presenters and co-presenters who attend only their own workshop can register at no cost.


The NFPA does NOT provide projectors or laptops for any workshops. Presenters must bring this equipment with them if it is required for their presentation. This includes any speakers, cords or adapters needed to operate the equipment. Presenters must be able to operate their own equipment.

The NFPA has a limited number of projectors to rent onsite. Let us know if this is needed when you submit your proposal.

The NFPA does not pay for any presentations nor does the NFPA provide any lodging cost assistance for presenters.

The conference committee understands the investment of time and other resources needed to participate therefore, presenters will be notified no later than January 5, 2020 of their acceptance and will be asked to confirm.  After confirmation, presenters will be assigned the date and time of their workshop/s during the conference, which is between June 18th and June 21st, 2020.

Thank you again for your interest in and support of the National Foster Parent Association, we look forward to sharing our 50th Annual Education Conference with you.  See you in Reston, Virginia!

Please contact the NFPA Conference Committee at for any questions or clarifications needed. 

The National Foster Parent Association is a champion for the thousands of families that open their hearts and their homes to the over 400,000 children in out-of-home placement in the US. The NFPA believes in the importance of family-based care for foster children and that every child deserves support and a permanent family.

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