42nd Annual Protecting Our Children Conference

April 7, 2024 @ 8:30 am – April 10, 2024 @ 4:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone

Each year, NICWA hosts the largest national gathering on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) child advocacy issues. With over 1,600 attendees—and growing every year—this three-day conference has become the premiere national event addressing tribal child welfare and well-being. Keynote speakers range from federal officials at the highest level of government to youth with lived experience in child welfare systems.

New this year! For those who can’t make it to Seattle, we have a virtual option. All three of our amazing general sessions with over a dozen wonderful speakers will be broadcast virtually. If you can’t make it in person, consider being a virtual attendee.

NICWA provides meaningful programming to conference attendees, creating a space where participants can learn about the latest developments and best practices from experts in the field and from one another. Participants represent a cross-section of fields and interests including child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice service providers; legal professionals; students; advocates for children; and tribal, state, and federal leaders.

UPDATE: NICWA’s 42nd Annual Protecting Our Children Conference is officially sold out for in-person attendance. You can still join the excitement by registering as a virtual attendee! If you have any questions, contact us at training@nicwa.org and we’ll be happy to assist you.


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