ACRC’s 65th Annual Conference


Our flagship event will focus on QUALITY services for children and families, highlighting the four pillars of quality as Innovation, Equity, Access and Voice. The event will be held both in-person and on this virtual platform which will offer attendees an interactive, live streaming experience as well as the opportunity to view all presentations for up to 30 days following the event.

ACRC has a long history of providing timely and innovative contributions to the field of therapeutic residential and community based care for children and youth with the goal of raising the bar of excellence across our field. This conference will facilitate sharing and learning between colleagues across child and family-serving systems and builds on ACRC’s recent endeavors to strengthen our impact.


August 3rd

9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Dr. Larry Brendtro; Anna Brokenleg; Robert Foltz; Mark Freado

August 4th

9:00 am -11:30 am EDT
Keynote: Turning the Mirror Inward

Joyce James

August 5th

8:30 am - 11:00 am EDT 
Keynote: Spotlight on Quality

Bruce D. Perry; Shamra Boel-Studt; Nikki Valla; Audrey Morrissey; Robert E. McCartney; Martin Rafferty

August 6th

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Our live event runs August 3-6, 2021 with many of the events live-streamed from our in-person conference during EDT. All sessions can be viewed for 30 days.

Our virtual conference will offer many of the same components you've come to love about our in-person events! You will have access to best practice and clinical excellence through various keynotes, plenaries and workshop presentations. You can even interact with your colleagues and walk away feeling connected and supported.

ACRC staff will be partnering with vFairs experts to address any issue before, during, or after the event.

Yes. You need to register for the event to be able to access presentations and conference materials.

This event costs $200 for ACRC members, $275 for non-members, and $75 for students. $1100 Entire Organization Registration/ACRC Member Agency and $1500 for Entire Organization Registration/Non-Member Agency

Great news! We offer an organizational rate of $1100 for member organizations and $1500 for non-member organizations to send as many staff members as you would like to this event. Staff members not only get day-of access but can access material for up to 30 days after the event ends.

You can register right up to the start of the conference.

As a registered attendee, you can expect:
  • Powerful keynote and plenary presentations
  • Conversations with colleagues, presenters, ACRC staff, researchers and attendees
  • Symposium on the most up-to-date research in the field of residential and beyond
  • Access to presentation material for 30 days after the event
We will be offering NASW CEUs and NY Social Worker CEUs. Participants must complete/pass a post test to receive the CEUs and pay $40.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the internet.
Yes! One of our members said it best: “We’ll replace hugs with e-hugs”. The platform we chose is extremely interactive and makes it easy for all members to engage during the event. We hope you take advantage of how accessible your peers will be!
We will provide access to conference materials for 30 days to all conference attendees
While we encourage a wide range of participants, each registration helps to support ACRC’s mission, and we have kept registration fees low so that each individual has an opportunity to register and participate independently. If multiple people from your organization would like to attend, we do offer an organization rate of $1100 for member organizations and $1500 for non-member organizations.