Coronavirus and the Conference, FAQs

In light of the developments surrounding the Coronavirus, many have asked for an update regarding NCFA’s annual National Adoption Conference.

Last updated: March 12, 2020


What is NCFA doing to plan for the Conference in light of concerns about Coronavirus?

NCFA takes the health and safety of our attendees very seriously, and we are closely monitoring the local, national, and global impact of the virus, which changes daily. NCFA is also in communication with staff at the event venue, Hotel at UMD, to understand the precautions and protocols in place for guest health and safety. We are closely monitoring guidance and protocols from local, state, and national officials.


Is the Conference still going on as scheduled?

It is impossible to predict what the situation with the virus will be by late June. But we are currently operating under the assumption that, like many other similar conferences, it will be possible to gather in D.C. in late June, with the appropriate precautions in place. At this time, the Conference is on as scheduled. All registration options remain open including pre-conference intensives, all sessions, and Advocacy Day. Should it become necessary to make changes to the Conference schedule, we will notify attendees, exhibitors, and speakers immediately, and provide that information to the public via our websites and social media channels.

If the Conference has to be cancelled, will refunds be issued?

Exhibitor and Sponsor cancellations received by May 23rd will result in a 50% refund, minus transaction fees incurred. In the event that emergency circumstances prohibit the event from being held as scheduled, every effort will be made to reschedule the event for later in 2020. In the event that the Conference cannot be rescheduled, and NCFA is forced to cancel, we will issue a full refund to attendees, exhibitors and sponsors.

What is the hotel venue doing to protect guests' health and safety?

The Hotel at UMD is closely monitoring the statements and information distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and will follow guidelines from these agencies, hospitality associations, our own best practices and local health department directives.

The wellbeing of our guests and team members is of paramount importance and we will remain focused on sharing the most up-to-date information with our teams and guests. The hotel remains open and accessible for all of our groups, guests and visitors and our teams stand ready to assist however needed. For more information regarding our practices and standards and additional detail about how we are addressing travel at this time, please click HERE.


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