AFCC Fall Conference

Conference Information

The COVID-19 pandemic was accompanied by shelter-in-place policies, children attending school virtually, and the changes in family law services that impacted the voices of children and family members, resulting in some not being heard. As we learn from the experiences of the pandemic, it is important to take stock of the circumstances, including remote processes or high conflict cases, that can result in muting the voices of family members. How can professionals ensure that family members have a say in their futures? What are the traps to avoid that result in silencing children? This conference will highlight innovations and best practices in engaging families in resolving their disputes, regardless of context.

Judicial Officer Track:
  • A Judicially Managed Team Approach to Intractable Custody Disputes
  • Working with Child Custody Evaluations
  • What’s a Judge to Do?
  • The Pandemic Is Over: Now What?
Session topics include:
  • Mediation: Returning to Basics and Reaching for New Challenges
  • Transgender Children and Custody Disputes
  • Accounting for Safety and Resiliency When Crafting Appropriate Parenting Plans
  • Hearing the Voice of the LGBT+ Child

Psychologists, mental health professionals, lawyers, mediators, and others can earn up to 16.5 hours of continuing education. More Information

AFCC strives to offer a wide range of conference sessions highlighting different research, advocacy positions, policies, practices, programs, procedures, and ideas. Some programs may be evidence-based while others may report on works in progress, emerging practices, or policy initiatives. The goal of the conference is to enhance learning while encouraging respectful inquiry, discussion, and debate consistent with AFCC organizational values. AFCC does not necessarily endorse or support the opinions of conference presenters. The AFCC Exhibit Forum includes a variety of vendors promoting services and products. AFCC does not necessarily endorse or warrant vendors’ products, services, or views.

Conference Scholarships

AFCC will offer a limited number of scholarships for the conference. Scholarships include registrations for the conference and one preconference institute, welcome reception, luncheon, access to the AFCC hospitality suite, and a certificate of attendance. The scholarship application is available on the AFCC website, The scholarship application deadline is September 7, 2021. Recipients will be notified in late September. Any registration fees previously paid by a scholarship recipient will be refunded in full.

Exhibit Forum

The Exhibit Forum will be open during conference hours and provides an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives to discuss your needs and the products and services they offer. If you are interested in an exhibit table or distributing materials to conference attendees, please contact AFCC Communications Coordinator, Gina Wentling, at 608-664-3750 or

Dine Arounds

Friday evening, November 12, 2021, is your opportunity to enjoy the area with friends and colleagues. Sign up before 1:30pm on Friday to join a group of 8-12 for dinner at a local restaurant. Restaurant menus and signup sheets will be available onsite. Participants are responsible for food, beverage, and transportation costs.

Hotel Information

A downtown Cincinnati icon since 1931, the Netherland Plaza features an authentic French Art Deco character that is now recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Work out in the largest health and fitness center in downtown Cincinnati and enjoy live music on the weekends in the iconic Palm Court. Just a few blocks to restaurants, clubs, Paul Brown Stadium, and the Great American Ballpark.

Make your reservation today! The Hilton Netherland Plaza is offering an exceptional group rate to AFCC conference attendees of $147/night for single or double occupancy. On October 21, 2021, any unreserved rooms in the AFCC block will be released; the group rate will not be guaranteed after that date. Rooms frequently sell out before the room block is released, so please make your reservations early! Make your reservation at the Hilton website call 1-800-445-8667, ask for the Hilton Netherland Plaza reservations, and mention group code AFCC. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements.

Ground Transportation

Taxi, Lyft, and Uber service from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to the hotel ranges from $20 - $35. Shared shuttle service is available through Executive Transportation with advance reservations for $26 one way or $40 round trip. Please call 859-261-8841 to reserve.


Self-parking is available in the Mably Place Garage on an hourly basis or $21 overnight, without in and out privileges.