2023 Conference Information

Registration now open for our Annual Conference, “We Are the Village.” This event is for Foster, Adoptive, Kinship Care, DHR Social Workers, and others who are interested in learning more on caring for our children. If you would like to network with other families and professionals while gaining the knowledge needed to equip you to care for your children, this conference is for YOU!

You will be able to receive up to 15 hours of training credit hours if you attend a workshop during each time slot. Scholarship recipients have been selected for this year’s award ceremony, scheduled for Friday night at Shocco Springs. We had the largest number of applications ever this year, however, our overall donations for our Scholarship Fund is down. Please help us provide as many scholarships as possible by donating directly to our Scholarship Fund here.


The quickest way to register is below. If you are having issues using the form below, please register directly by clicking HERE. Should you register and decide you can’t attend, please email Training@afapa.org by April 30, 2023. Any cancellations after this date can not be refunded but you may claim your unused registration fee as a tax-deductible donation to AFAPA. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund after this date. If you have any questions, call 888-545-2372.

5/6/2023: We are currently full for accommodations. However, you are welcome to register & commute to our conference. We apologize for the inconvenience but we had an overwhelming response this year. Email Training@afapa.org for questions or concerns.

All attendees must sign a liability waiver, available here: Shocco Springs Liability Waiver.

2023 Conference Schedule of Workshops

About Shocco Springs Conference Center

When arriving at the conference, please check in at the Bagley Center, located just north of Chapel. All attendees must sign a liability waiver, available here: Shocco Springs Liability Waiver.

Check out a Campus Map by clicking here.

Conference participants will be provided with hotel-like accommodations. Most rooms include two full- or queen-sized beds but please note that being a Baptist Retreat, there are no TV’s or mini-fridges in the rooms so that you can truly find respite from the crazy “day-to-day.”

Meals are provided in the Dining-Room and there will be plenty of snacks & refreshments throughout the day near the workshops. Shocco does have a gift shop if you need to grab anything while in attendance. Walmart and other businesses are nearby (~10 minutes) if you need to grab anything you may have forgotten at home.