NCFA is proud to bring these featured speakers to the 2020 National Adoption Conference! To see a full listing of the sessions and more than 50 breakout speakers, please visit the Attendify mobile and desktop app.

Meet the Speakers

Plenary Speakers



Executive Director, Strong Training and Consulting

Chauncey Strong is a child welfare advocate with 25 years of extensive experience in child welfare administration in the private and public sector and specializes in foster care and adoption training and consulting. Most recently, he worked for eight years as a Foster Care Supervisor with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services in Fairfax, Virginia. Chauncey is currently the Executive Director of Strong Training and Consulting, LLC, where he provides training and consulting in child welfare. He is presently consulting with The Capacity Building Center for States, The Virginia Department of Social Services, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and several local and national child welfare agencies.


Chauncey has served on several national boards and is currently the board of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia. Originally from Newark NJ, Chauncey earned his BA degree in Social Work from Elizabeth City State University, and his MSW from Norfolk State University. He has dedicated his career to helping improve the outcomes of children and families involved in the child welfare system.


Author and Domestic Birth Mother

As an author, public speaker, and birth mother, Gina Crotts has engaged audiences at adoption conferences and birth mother retreats nationwide. After placing her baby for adoption in the fall of 2000, she founded Birth Mother Basket (a non-profit organization) focused on providing emotional support to birth mothers post-placement.

After fourteen years of running Birth Mother Baskets, Gina stepped away to pursue a career as a Creative Arts Manager. After three years in the corporate world, Gina rediscovered her passion for writing and adoption.


Her articles have been featured on America Adopts, Adoption Today, American Adoptions,, Love What Matters,, and CAIRS News Room. Gina has received the UAC Community Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to Adoption in Utah.

Gina currently works as a content writer, blogger, and birth mother advocate for CAIRS Solutions. In 2019, Gina released her first book, A Seemingly Unfillable Heart: An Adoption Journey, available on Amazon.


Training Director, ChildTrauma Academy

Keith Bailey has served as the Training Director for Harmony Family Center since 2016 and has over 30 years of experience working with children and families. He has served children in residential treatment and foster care and has worked as a Consultant for the University of Tennessee’s Social Work Office of Research and Public Service, where he trained child welfare staff and foster parents, developed curricula, and offered technical support. He has trained and consulted across the U.S. and Canada as an independent consultant and on behalf of the Child Welfare League of America and the National Technical Assistance Center.


Keith earned a B.A. in Psychology from Tennessee Wesleyan College, an M.Div. from Duke University, and an M.S. in Child Development and Ph.D. in Human Ecology, with a concentration in Child and Family Studies, from the University of Tennessee. Additionally, he is a Professionally Certified Trainer for Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and is a Mentor for the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) as well as a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow.


Breakout Session Speakers & Topics


Filmmaker & Adult Adoptee


Out of a Korean Orphanage and Into the World

The purpose of this project is only to open an intensely experiential window of oral history, of social and academic understanding, and of empathy through art. The short film will be shown and Glenn will facilitate an extended Q&A and discussion afterwards.


To learn about all our National Adoption Conference speakers, visit the Attendify mobile and desktop app.


Pre-Conference Intensive Speakers

Monday, June 22nd



An Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management 

for Adoption Service Providers (4 pm)

Jayne Schmidt worked at the Council on Accreditation for over 17 years managing the development of accreditation standards for child welfare programs and managing COA's intercountry adoption program accreditation. She has exhibited and presented at national conferences annually for over 15 years, conducted training for staff and evaluators at the Council on Accreditation. Ms. Schmidt participated in COA's risk management activities and managed COA's most recent risk assessment initiative at the Council on Accreditation. 


Top Ten Steps To Igniting YourFundraising Program (5 pm)

Mark Melson is the President and CEO for the Gladney Center for Adoption in Fort Worth, Texas and has over 25  years experience in nonprofit management.  Mark began his career at Gladney 12 years ago as the Chief Development Officer. Later in his role as Chief Operating Officer, Mark oversaw the adoption operations along with marketing and post adoption services. Previously he was head of planned giving and major gifts at Texas Health Resources. Mark has been designated as a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) from California State University, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). 


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