Cost & Registration

Below is information from our 2021 conference. Please check back in fall for information regarding our 2022 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 39th Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in virtually, held on April 12–April 14, 2021, you will have access to:

  • Over 50 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
  • Session handouts and PowerPoint presentations
  • 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.


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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 March 1, 2021, the registration price will increase. Advanced payment is required.

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

Advanced registration: Register by March 18 to ensure you will get a welcome box in the mail.

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.

Letter to employer: If you would like a letter to your employer or tribe to help advocate for financial assistance for conference registration fees, please click here.

T-shirt: New this year for $20, you can also pre-purchase a t-shirt.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be made if a written cancellation notice is emailed or faxed to us on or before March 1, 2021. 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 March 1, 2021.

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. Because of software limitations you can only register up to 10 people in a group. If your group is larger than 10, please email to find out how to get the group discount.


Participants receive 14.5 continuing education units (CEUs) from the National Association of Social Workers-Washington state 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.