National Child Welfare Association


Sarah Wittmann

Events Coordinator

(503) 222-4044, ext. 124

Call for Presenters


Presenters at the National Indian Child Welfare Association’s (NICWA) 35th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, this year being held in San Diego, California, on April 2–5, 2017, are the heart and soul of this annual event, increasingly recognized as the premiere national gathering dedicated to tribal child welfare and well-being. Each year over 70 presenters are selected to lead vigorous dialogue about best practices, current research, advocacy efforts, policy implications, and other lessons learned with over 1,000 conference attendees.

About the Workshops

The highly competitive selection process aims to select presenters who represent an expertise and mastery of innovative and effective developments in these key areas:

  • Children’s Mental Health
  • Child Welfare, Foster Care, and Adoption Services
  • Judicial and Legal Affairs
  • Youth and Family Involvement

Workshop sessions will be 90 minutes in length. Participation varies depending on topic, but on average workshops will have between 20–70 participants. NICWA highly values interactive and participatory workshops. Please share in your submission how your workshop will help conference attendees learn through interactive learning. For more information on the workshops, click here.

Submission Process

All proposals must be submitted online here. We have put together a tool to help you draft your proposal here. This year, we will accept proposals until Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Registration Requirement

All presenters of selected workshops are required to register for the conference. NICWA offers a reduced registration rate for up to three presenters per workshop. You may register at the presenter rate once your workshop has been accepted. Additional presenters must register at the prevailing rate. By submitting a proposal, presenters agree to pay registration costs and travel costs.

The richness of our conference is a direct reflection of the diversity of presenters that come to share their experience and contributions to the field. NICWA truly values a wide representation of presenters from varied backgrounds and communities.

Consider contributing to the field of tribal child welfare by presenting at NICWA’s 35th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference. We hope to see you there!