53rd NFPA Education Conference

For Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Parents, Friends, Families and Supporters

53rd NFPA Education Conference

For Foster, Adoptive & Kinship Parents, Friends, Families and Supporters

Join Us and Enjoy…


Connect with Others and share your lived experiences.


Many rich educational sessions on important topics that matter.


Capitol Hill Day for Council of State Affiliates members.

And… a Lot of Fun!

Enjoy our Gala Appreciation Dinner, our Family-Friendly Sock Hop, and a Silent and Live Auction.

Dates & Location

June 21 – 23, 2024

Hyatt Regency, Reston Virginia

Printable Program

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See You in June!

Join Us! for the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) 53rd Education Conference, June 21-23, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia. NFPA’s conference is one of the largest gatherings of foster, kinship, and adoptive parents, and child welfare professionals from around the country.

Our Theme for this year’s conference is “Many Stories. One Voice”, with a focus on how we can all contribute through our lived experiences. It is with the generosity of so many talented presenters from across the country that we can offer such a rich agenda filled with informative and engaging workshops. Presenters are currently being confirmed.

And, you won’t want to miss our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Chan Hellman who is going to introduce us to the real truth about Hope, especially for those who have experienced trauma.

The Countdown to the Conference is Underway!








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Many Stories, One Voice 2024 Education Conference Program

Schedule of Events

Wednesday 6/19

Board Meeting

CoSA Check-in and Prep Meeting

Thursday 6/20

Capitol Hill Day (CoSA)

Friday 6/21

Exhibits Open

Annual Membership Meeting General Session

Morning Sessions

Exhibits Open
Lunch on Your Own

Afternoon Sessions I

Afternoon Sessions II

Happy Hour Silent Auction

Gala Appreciation Dinner & Live Auction

Saturday 6/22

Exhibits Open

Morning Sessions I

Morning Sessions II

Exhibits Open
Lunch on Your Own

Afternoon Sessions I

Afternoon Sessions II

Family Friendly Sock Hop with Swing Dancing

Sunday 6/23 – Keynote with Dr Angela Pharris

9am – 11:00am

Keynote Speaker Dr Angela Pharris

The Science of Hope

Dr. Pharris joined the University of Oklahoma in 2017. She is an assistant professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, director of the Center for Child Welfare Simulation and Training, and a Senior Researcher at the The Hope Research Center. 

Dr. Pharris’s current research is in child welfare and human service organizations and the application of Hope Centered and Trauma-Informed framework. Hope is a psychological strength, a buffer to stress, adversity, and burnout, and a hopeful mindset that improves organizational and individual outcomes. She is interested in the impact of intervention services, which improve program outcomes and client well-being.

Our Sponsors

The Attach Place

Conference Registration

General Registration

(includes 1 free t-shirt, 1 Gala Dinner ticket, 1 Sock-Hop ticket per registration)

  • $375.00 Individual Non-Member
  • $335.00 Member Price
  • $315.00 Bundle of 10 (per person)

Event Pricing

  • $75.00 Gala-Appreciation Dinner (extra person)
  • $35.00 Sock-Hop (extra person – children under 18 free)

Exhibitor Pricing

  • $550.00 Non-Profit Exhibitors
  • $650.00 For-Profit Exhibitors

(Each table receives two t-shirts and two tickets to the Gala and the Sock-Hop.)

Hotel Reservations

Guest Room Rates

These rates are valid through 5/30/2024.

  • Single/Double Occupancy – $145.00
  • Triple Occupancy* – $170.00
  • Quadruple Occupancy* – $195.00

*Children under the age of 17 will not be charged for additional occupancy.

Helen D. Stone Conference Scholarships

This program was established in honor of Helen Stone, co-founder of the National Foster Parent Association.

Its purpose is to encourage participation from those members who need assistance with travel and expenses in order to attend NFPA’s Education Conference.

Eligibility Requirements 


  • Must be an NFPA member (applicants can join at the time of registration for the conference).
  • Must live outside a 300 mile radius from the convention venue.
  • Must pre-register and pay for registration for the conference by 5/30/2024.
  • Must participate in the conference and be present to win.
  • Must not have received a conference scholarship within the past year.


We offer exhibit tables during the sessions, June 21 and 22.

Once registered you will receive a packet of information.

  • $550.00 Non-Profit Exhibitors
  • $650.00 For-Profit Exhibitors

(Each table receives two t-shirts and two Gala tickets.)


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Past Conference Attendees Said…

This conference was phenomenal. I was educated and inspired at the same time. It was great to see people that truly love what they do.

J.B., Past Conference Attendee

I really enjoyed the conference and all of the presenters. Every sessions was thought provoking. I look forward to using the information and resources to learn more. Thank you!!

P.G., Past Conference Attendee

This course brought a sense of normalcy to the concerns that I have had as I prepare to be a foster caregiver.

N.G., Past Conference Attendee

Thank you so much to those that shared their stories and advice. I know it will help me better understand how my choices impact the children I love so dearly.

S.P., Past Conference Attendee

Looking for still more online learning? Be sure to check out our NFPA Training Institute! We offer dozens of FREE, on-demand trainings developed just for Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Parents.

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