The only national conference dedicated solely to supporting families whose children - of any age - experience mental health and or substance use challenges during their lifetime.
Did you know that 1 in 5 children in America experiences social, emotional and behavioral and/or substance use challenges? One undisputed constant in our society is that all children who survive childhood and adolescence will become adults. For children and youth who experience untreated behavioral health and substance use challenges, this typically results in adults who continue to struggle with symptoms, who become parents and who perpetuate this cycle. The impact of this reoccurring cycle is felt throughout our society.
For more than 30 years, the National Federation of Families has been the nationwide advocacy organization with families as its sole focus, playing an important role in helping parents, caregivers and families of children - of any age - whose lives are impacted by mental health and substance use challenges. This important work is supported largely by the generous supporters and donors like you who contribute to our cause.
Our 2022 Conference will feature many great workshops and speakers this year, joining hundreds of mental health advocates and professionals from across the nation as we work to educate and empower families!
The annual conference is a dynamic event full of valuable opportunities to learn, connect and gain exposure for all who attend. Below are some basic facts about the event for sponsors, exhibitors, presenters and attendees.
Typically, our annual conference:
Is attended by 700 to 1,000 people
Draws representatives from 30 to 40 of the United States, Guam and Canada
Draws representatives from 40 to 50 Federation of Families affiliates/chapters
Features 175+ speakers
Offers over 85 breakout sessions