National DEC Conference Information

Dates: August 24-27, 2021 State DEC pre-event August 23 (details coming soon) Location: 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 the 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. Registration is open! ---> Register Here


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.

Call for Presenters Now Open!

*** See additional information below.

Conference Sponsor & Exhibit Hall application (download)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.

Call for Presenters Information

The Planning Team for this event is seeking keynote and workshop presenters. Keynote speakers will range from one hour to one hour and a half. Keynote speakers will speak during the morning plenary or during lunch. Preferred topics would include but are not limited to; community engagement, recovery court initiatives, law enforcement, and judicial initiatives. Our workshop sessions are scheduled throughout the conference and are 60 minutes in length. Keynote speakers are provided with honoraria, travel, and lodging expenses.

Possible workshop presentations that might be an ideal topic for you (or someone you know) to present include: Human and Sex Trafficking, Handle with Care, Dept. of Children Services initiatives, mental health and substance abuse initiatives, ACES, Trauma-Informed Care, mental health first aid, faith-based initiatives, and drug trends. Sessions will be held beginning Aug. 24, 2021, and run consecutively throughout the conference ending on August 27, 2021. Approximately ten to twelve sessions will be presented each day.

To submit your keynote or workshop topic complete and submit this form. For questions, contact Keynote and workshop applications must be received by Friday, April 2, 2021. The conference planning team will notify you about your application by April 30, 2021.

Contact: Tabatha Curtis, TN. Alliance for Drug Endangered Children with any questions at:

Submit a Proposal Here