Cost & Registration

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

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

By registering for the 38th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Denver, Colorado, held on March 29–April 1, 2020, you will have access to:

  • Over 80 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
  • Admission to the annual membership reception and celebratory banquet
  • Session handouts and PowerPoint presentations
  • Between 10–15 continuing education units (CEUs) and information on how to earn continuing legal education (CLEs)

Moreover, registering for our conference will connect you with an engaged network of over 1,400 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.


The costs below reflect regular conference costs from 2020.

Price chart

Check or credit card information must accompany registration forms. We accept AMEX, Discover, VISA, and Mastercard. Payment must be made in US dollars. Payment must accompany the registration form for it to be processed. Confirmation of registration will be emailed to you. Please note, payment must be received by the early-bird deadline to receive the early-bird price, after February 28, the registration price will increase. If payment is made on-site, the on-site price must be paid.

Non-member Rate: Includes a one-year Abalone individual membership from date of registration.

On-site registrants: On-site registrations are not guaranteed a conference tote bag or other conference materials. Register by March 25 to avoid paying the on-site rate.

Special Rates: Youth 24 and under and elders 65 and older are eligible for the youth and elder rate. Foster/adopted person rate is open to current or licensed foster parents, current adoptive parents, adult adoptees, and fostered individuals. Presenter rate applies for up to three presenters at the discounted rate; additional presenters must pay prevailing rate. Presenters will be notified in December and can register after they have been accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made if a written cancellation notice is emailed or faxed to us on or before February 28, 2020. Refunds are paid in full, less a $100 administrative fee. Prepaid registrants who are unable to attend may send another person in their place without penalty. No refunds will be issued after February 28, 2020.


Join us in welcoming over 1,400 attendees at the nation’s leading conference in Indian child welfare. This four-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 about volunteering see our flyer. Volunteer registration can be found here.

For more information, view our volunteer page or contact Betty Bryant.

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.

Letter to Employer

Attending NICWA’s annual conference is a professionally rewarding experierence. Need help convincing your boss to send you to Denver? Click here to view a sample letter that may assist you in the request.


Participants receive between 10–15 continuing education units (CEUs) 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.