Concurrent Programming

Every year, partners in the field of child and family advocacy and policy recognize the NICWA Protecting Our Children Conference as the pre-eminent gathering of child advocacy experts, practitioners, and advocates in Indian Country. As a result, our conference welcomes a number of concurrent events each year, from federal listening sessions, to adult adoptee gatherings, to children’s mental health meetings.

Annual Membership Meeting

Sunday, April 3, 2022
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. ET

The Annual NICWA Membership Meeting is a place of connection, celebration, and recognition. NICWA is a membership-based organization, so we look to you, our members, for guidance, and we are grateful for your direction and support. The 40th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference is planned to be hybrid in Orlando, Florida and virtual. You are invited to join us for the Annual Membership Meeting, which will feature the following:

  • Updates on the new slate of board members
  • Recognition of NICWA’s Member of the Year
  • Program previews
  • Networking opportunities
  • Cultural performances
  • Raffles!

National Day of Prayer for Native Children

Tuesday, April 5, 2022
7:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m. ET

As advocates for Native children gather for NICWA’s 40th Annual Conference, we invite Native communities and our partners nationwide to join together in a National Day of Prayer for Native Children. Please join us for this respectful gathering, or host a safe, socially distanced event in your community to demonstrate support for all Native children.

Post-Conference Training Institutes

Stick around after the conference to participate in our intensive training institutes. Learn how the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 remains among the most important federal laws guiding child welfare today. Or complete our Positive Indian Parenting train-the-trainer institute so you can return home equipped to offer this training to your community.