National DEC Conference Information 


August 24-27, 2021

State DEC pre-event August 23 (details coming soon)


Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, Nashville, TN


This conference brings together professionals from across the United States, including:

  • Law Enforcement

  • Child Advocates

  • Social Services

  • Judges

  • Child Protective Services

  • District Attorneys & Staff

  • Mental Health and Counselling Professionals

  • Attorney Generals & Staff

  • Treatment Services (In-Home & Other)

  • Nonprofit Organizations

  • Medical Professionals

  • Federal, state, and local government departments

  • Teachers and other school personnel

  • And more!

The conference will be in person at the Gaylord has implemented protocols to maintain attendee’s health and safety.  The conference schedule will be available soon. We have organized nationally recognized keynoters and workshop presenters. The conference will be of benefit to participants from all professions and disciplines. 


Hotel Reservations
Located in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is a 15-minute walk from The Grand Ole Opry and Cooter's Place. This 4-star resort is 2.3 miles from Opry Mills and 9.4 miles from The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Hotel rates are the GSA per diem rate of $207 (plus taxes) per night. Reservations can be made by clicking here or by calling the Opryland Hotel directly at (615) 889-1000.  When making your reservation, request the group rate for the National/Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.

* All guests will be charged a first-night room deposit when they make their reservation.

** Discounted self-parking at Opryland is available for just $27.00 a day, and valet parking is available for $40.00 daily.


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Conference Sponsor & Exhibit Hall application: 

Call for Silent Auction Items:  The 2021 DEC Conference will feature a silent auction. We are seeking silent auction items. Please consider preparing a silent auction donation; something that is representative of your state or local community that would be a fun, unique item for others to bid on. There might be special recognition for the best silent auction item(s)! Proceeds from the silent auction support the 2021 conference.