Call for Presentations

Below is the information about our 2020 conference. Check back in early fall 2020 for more details on our 2021 Seattle conference.

Presenters at NICWA’s 38th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, this year being held in Denver, Colorado on March 29–April 1, 2020, 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 80 presenters are selected to lead vigorous dialogue about best practices, current research, advocacy efforts, policy implications, and other lessons learned with over 1,400 conference attendees.

Workshop submissions are closed.

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

Traditional workshop sessions will be 90 minutes in length, while seminars will be two 90-minute consecutive workshops. Seminars are designed for more in-depth skills building and practice than the traditional 90-minute workshop, which is designed for sharing best practice or recent program outcomes. Participation varies depending on the topic, but on average workshops will have between 50-150 participants. NICWA highlight 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 call for presentations and workshop submission instructions, read the Workshop Submission Instructions.

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 and travel costs.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of frequently asked questions and answers please follow this link.

Submission Process

You may prepare your information using this submission form worksheet. All final submissions must be made online.