2018 Annual Conference
April 29 - May 2, 2018 Kansas City, Missouri
Pioneering on the Plains: Forging New Directions in Family Formation
The 2018 annual conference is quickly approaching and we are excited to be hosting this year's incredible conference in the BBQ and Jazz Capital of the World, Kansas City, Missouri! We have lots of events planned and an excellent CLE schedule so plan your trip now. If you are an Academy Fellow, or a sponsor or exhibitor, you will not want to miss it!
- Sunday Evening Event
Welcome Reception and Cocktail Party at Conference Hotel
- Monday Book Club at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is closed on Monday but we have arranged for a private opening in the afternoon. Since Book Club will be reading a baseball book this year, "I Was Right On Time" by Buck O'Neil, it is only natural that they meet at the museum but everyone else is welcome to explore the Museum as well.
- Monday Evening Event
On Monday evening we will be having our Dine Around. We will be following the same format as in Montreal with the survey and assigned dining spots. Registered attendees should expect to receive more information as the conference nears.
- Tuesday Evening Event
This year our Gala will be at the WWI Museum. Attendees will have access to the collection while enjoying music and Hors d'oeuvres. Transportation will be available.
- Early morning spin and yoga classes are also being planned and will be announced prior to the conference.
Tickets to all evening events are included with conference registration. Tickets for evening events only may be purchased for guests along with your registration. Special discounted tickets are available for children ages 5-18 (under 5 are free) as well.
NOTE: This is a Member Only conference. Please visit the conference tab on the Member Only page to register.
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Interested In Sponsoring or Exhibiting?
We have several sponsorship opportunities available for Kansas City (see below). All sponsors will receive 2 tickets to all meals and social events, plus signage and the opportunity to address attendees for up to 5 minutes at the sponsored event as well as recognition on the website. Sponsorships over $2500 will also receive a complimentary exhibitor table, while available. If you are interested in being a sponsor or would like to see what sponsorship opportunities are still available, please contact Executive Administrator Jennie Sullivan at email@example.com, or our Sponsor/Exhibitor Chair Sherriann Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (678) 985-3011.Sponsorship Opportunities and Pricing
|Welcome Reception||SOLD||Monday Breakfast||$2,500|
|WWI Gala Event||$10,000||Monday Newcomers Breakfast||SOLD|
|Transportation||$3,000||Monday Lunch (with designated time to address attendees)||SOLD|
|Bag Sponsor||$5,000||Tuesday Breakfast||SOLD|
|Conference Folder||SOLD||Tuesday Break||SOLD|
|T-Shirt (New Name)
|BOTH SOLD||Wednesday Breakfast||$2,500|
|BOTH SOLD||Wednesday Break||$3,500|
|Negro Leagues Baseball Museum||SOLD||Don't See What You Want?
Suggest a Sponsorship.
All Exhibitor only spots have now been sold! If you are interested in having an exhibitor table in Kansas City, you may still do so by chosing from one of the available $2500 and over Sponsorships listed above.
Sponsors and Exhibitors are welcomed and encouraged to attend the daily meals, breaks and evening events along with the registered attendees. Sponsors and Exhibitors may also take advantage of the discounted room rate by booking rooms using the link below.
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
2345 McGee Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Room rate: $164/night plus taxes
Getting Around in Kansas City
- Transportation To and From the Airport (Kansas City (MCI) Airport)
Taxis at Kansas City International Airport can be requested by using any of the phones present in the terminal buildings. The Airport Police officers can order a cab when there are none in the rank. Approximate one-way fare is $50.
Phones for taxi service are located both inside and outside the terminal at each bag claim area and at other strategic locations outside the terminal exits. Make sure that you give the dispatcher your exact location.
Scheduled shuttle service can be arranged through Super Shuttle. Service between the KC airport and our conference hotel runs from 6:14 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The costs for a one-way fare is $18; round-trip is $31. The service is the Blue Van.
- Transportation Around Town
Kansas City Streetcar
Sit or stand while you ride through the heart of Kansas City’s downtown. The 2.2 mile route along Main Street connects the River Market to Union Station/Crown Center with 16 stops to get you to your destination. The Streetcar is FREE to ride.
Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 6AM - Midnight
Friday: 6AM - 2AM
Saturday: 7AM - 2AM
Sunday: 7AM - 10PM
Destinations/ KC Streetcar Stops
Union Station (Pershing & Main)
Crossroads (19th & Main)
Kauffman Center (16th & Main)
Power & Light (14th & Main)
Metro Center (12th & Main)
Library (9th & Main)
North Loop (7th & Main)
City Market (5th & Walnut)
River Market North (3rd & Grand)
River Market West (4th & Delaware)
What to Do Around Town
For a complete list of all the attractions, museums, dining/night life, shopping, and sporting events that Kansas City has to offer, visit the official Kansas City website.
Our Awesome Sponsors
Visit All Our Exhibitors During The Conference
- National Background Check, Inc.
- Second Chance Adoptions
- Surrogacy Choices, LLC
- My Adoption Advisor, LLC
- Surrogacy Escrow Account Management, LLC
- Passport & Visa Advisors
- New Life Agency
- Indikon Media
- Adoption Choices of Kansas
- Our Chosen Child & Hopefully Parents
- ART Risk Financial & Insurance Solutions, Inc.
- Martin Pringle
- Your Adoption Finance Coach
- Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children