Abstract submissions will be open through February 1st. We truly appreciate your interest in presenting at the 41st National Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Family Law Conference, to be held August 23-25, 2018, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. NACC will notify every submitter by April.
Nationally, children and youth who encounter the child welfare, juvenile justice, or family court systems face numerous challenges. New challenges on the horizon range from harsher immigration enforcement, to increasing numbers of children in the foster care system due to the opioid epidemic, as well as trending state legislation that discriminates against potential foster families and children by allowing faith-based placement agencies to employ their own religious ideals when determining if a family is acceptable or if a particular health service is made accessible. As in the past, NACC will use its annual conference to educate attorneys on how to advocate on behalf of children and families to celebrate and highlight family strengths, and to guard against potential harm from policies, practices, and legislation that seek to curtail or infringe on the rights of children and families.
This year, NACC seeks abstract proposals to support three conference tracks: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Family Law. Conference proposals should address any of the following: Substantive law, general advocacy, trial skills, policy, ethics, and/or appellate issues. Based on previous conference evaluations and membership surveys, topic areas of interest include: Issues of disproportionality, such as LGBTQ, racial minorities, American Indian/Alaska Native children, and children with specific physical and behavioral health needs; advocacy for older youth; implementation of federal law; trends in juvenile justice; strategies for achieving timely permanency; placement/facility conditions; dual-system involved youth; and creating system change through policy advocacy. NACC is also seeking proposals on family law topics such as custody and visitation issues, parenting time, and mediation.
All proposals should seek to infuse diverse populations within the topic to be discussed, and all accepted abstracts must include a resource tool, such as a checklist, motion, brief, or article for their session prior to the conference.
If your abstract is accepted, all presenters in your session will receive a free registration for the full conference. Additionally, all presenters will be recognized in NACC conference materials.