2019 Leadership Conference: Call for Abstracts

National Children’s Alliance will host its annual Leadership Conference June 2-5, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The conference provides continuing education, networking opportunities and sessions on innovative practices for Children’s Advocacy Center leaders. Included in the conference agenda are the organization’s annual membership meeting, plenary sessions, 90-minute workshops, and annual Hill Day.

A Universe of Support | NCA 2019 Leadership Conference

General Information

The National Children’s Alliance is soliciting abstracts for presentation at Leadership Conference 2019. Abstracts will be considered if received by October 30, 2019.  The theme of this year’s conference is a Universe of Support and the target audience for this conference is comprised of administrators, coordinators, and board members of Children’s Advocacy Centers, State Chapters, and multidisciplinary teams.

The 2019 Leadership Conference will feature the following workshop tracks:

  • The Business of Child Advocacy

    Sessions that offer actionable information on the business of running a CAC, including content on best practices in management, finance, and fundraising.

  • Advocacy & Communications

    Sessions that offer creative public policy ideas, hard-hitting awareness campaigns, and tested communications practices to help CACs solve real-world problems and connect with lawmakers, donors, and the public.

  • Research & Innovative Practices

    Sessions that provide the latest research and innovative ways to apply it in direct-service practices in child welfare, mental health, medical care, victim advocacy, and forensic interviewing.

  • Chapter Track

    Sessions for State Chapter Staff and Board Officers.


Guidelines for Participation

The National Children’s Alliance invites practitioners, administrators, academicians, and community leaders to submit abstracts for 90-minute workshop presentations focusing on leadership, administration and management issues, program innovations, program management and evaluation, research, cultural competency, innovations and best practices in child welfare, technology, board operations, finance/funding and service delivery as directly relating to the development and management of multidisciplinary teams and Children’s Advocacy Centers. Presenters will be expected to offer practical experience to help attendees increase their understanding and skills in the topic area.

In keeping with our tradition of peer education and mentoring, selected presenters are asked to donate their time and expenses as a personal contribution to Children’s Advocacy Centers and the children they serve. If a selected lead presenter is interested in attending the full conference, NCA will offer a discounted registration.


Important Information

Abstracts will not be considered if all of the guidelines are not followed and if not received by October 30, 2019. Abstracts will not be returned. The NCA Abstract Selection Committee will review all submitted abstracts and will select presentations that meet the training needs of attendees and create a well-rounded agenda.

For more information contact Nicole Wilbon at nwilbon@nca-online.org


To Apply

Abstracts must be submitted via the online abstract submission form at the web link below:

Submit 2019 Abstracts Now

If the above direct link does not work on your computer, you may copy the above link and paste it into any web browser.

You will need to type in the following information during the online submission process. If you already have your workshop description and bio completed and saved to your computer, you can copy and paste that information into the online form.

  1. Title of Presentation
  2. Description of Presentation (100 words or less)
  3. Who Should Attend this Workshop
  4. 3 Learning Objectives
  5. Suggested Conference Track
  6. Lead Presenter Contact Information
  7. Suggested learning level beginner, intermediate or experienced Leader
  8. Lead Presenter Bio (150 words or less)
  9. Co-Presenter name and title (if any)
  10. Will You Allow Recording of Your Session?
  11. Additional Comments or Special Requests


Session Content

Abstracts that contain the following will be given preference:

Educational Value: Presentations of interest and appeal to CAC/Chapter/MDT Leaders and is an important, innovative contribution to practice, research, or knowledge. It is evidenced-based or supported.

Content: Content that is consistent with NCA’s Standards for Accredited Members.

Presentation Style:  Presentations that utilize interesting and engaging presentation techniques that promote critical thinking and participation.


Required Documents

You must have the following documents saved to your computer and ready to submit as attachments to the online abstract submission form:

  1. Presenter Curriculum Vitae (CV)

You must include as an attachment to your online abstract submission a CV for the lead presenter and any co-presenter. These documents will only be used by the abstract selection committee and will not be published in any conference material.


Deadline and More Details

All abstracts must be submitted by October 30, 2018 to be considered

Once you have the above requested information, obtained any necessary CVs, and saved them to your computer, complete the online Abstract Submission Form at the link below, attaching any required CVs.

Please feel free to contact Nicole Wilbon should you have any questions about the submission process.