National Child Welfare Association

2017 NICWA Annual Conference
Costs and Registration


Lauren Shapiro

Director of Events and Training

(503) 222-4044, ext. 118

You’re one step from joining a learning community dedicated to the safety, health, and spiritual strength of Native children…

By registering for the 35th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in San Diego, California, held on April 2-5, 2017, you will have access to:

  • Over 60 expert-led workshops
  • Four general sessions that have historically featured high-ranking federal officials, youth, and grassroots leaders exemplifying excellence
  • A one-year Abalone-level membership to NICWA with select registration rates
  • Admission to the annual Membership Reception and celebratory banquet
  • Many session handouts and PowerPoint presentations
  • Over 15 Continuing Education Units and 10-15 Continuing Legal Education hours.

Moreover, registering for our conference will connect you with an engaged network of over 1,000 of your peers. This includes professionals, elders, students, youth, and others who are equally committed to tribal child welfare, advocacy for Native children, and protecting the well-being of Native families across the U.S. and Canada.

Join us and help us continue to solidify this conference as the premiere event dedicated to tribal child welfare.


Early-Bird Registration (must be paid for in full by 3/1/17)

Full Registration (after 3/1/17)

On-Site Registration†:

Member registration rate*:




Non-member registration rate**:




Student (must provide student ID)



Presenter (up to three per workshop)



Foster or adoptive parent/adult adoptee (open to foster parents, adoptive parents, adult adoptees, and fostered individuals)



*Member rate: If your membership is current at the time of registration, you are eligible for the member registration rate. Tribal and Organizational members are entitled to one member rate registration at the $400 Turquoise level and five at $1,000 Coral level.

**Non-member rate: Price includes a one-year NICWA Abalone-level individual membership from date of registration. As a new member, conference attendees are encouraged to attend the annual membership meeting and reception held at the start of the conference.

† Onsite registrants are not guaranteed a conference tote bag or other conference materials.

Group Discounts

NICWA offers a group discount off our early-bird and regular registration rate. Groups of 5–9 people can receive a 5% discount. Groups of 10+ people can receive a 10% discount. For more details on the discount, contact NICWA.


Join us in welcoming over 1,000 attendees at the nation’s leading conference in Indian child welfare. This three and a half day conference attracts attention across North America, creating a space where you can learn about the latest information across Indian Country in child welfare. We need the help of volunteers like you to make it happen!  For more information on volunteering please see our flyer. To sign-up, click here today! Spots will fill up fast.

Sample letter to employer

If you are interested in attending this year’s conference, but are unsure how to get permission from your supervisor, we have a great and easy way to do so, making it nearly impossible for your boss to say no. Follow this link to download a ready-made letter to your boss.


Check or credit card information must accompany registration. If submitting a paper registration form rather than registering online, payment must accompany the registration form for it to be processed.


Participants receive over 15 Continuing Education Units from the National Association of Social Workers upon request. The cost is included in the registration fee. Participants will receive information about earning Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) in their state and pre-approved CLE states.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made if a written cancellation notice is emailed, mailed and postmarked, or faxed to us on or before March 1, 2017. Refunds are paid in full, less a $75 administrative fee.