2018 International Conference Update

Room reservations are open now and filling quickly.  Conference registration will open early 2018

by Veronica Frunzi, Board of Directors, Secretary/Conference Co-chair

The 2018 International Family Conference ‘United in Hope’ will be held in Dallas, TX:

Date: July 18- 22, 2018
Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton DFW Airport North
Airport: Dallas-Fort Worth International has easy domestic and international flight connections

It is time to make room reservations, but conference registration will not open until early 2018.  See below for important dates, links and contact information.  If you have any questions, you may contact our conference co-chair Veronica Frunzi at

Room Reservations:

Our hotel room block at the Embassy Suites DFW North is filling up, so make your reservations soon! The nightly room rate is $149. There are two ways to make your reservations:

Note: if you call the Embassy and you’re told the hotel is sold out for those dates, instruct the sales operator to pull up our group code PMC. The group rate is good until June 14, 2018 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. Thereafter, the room rate will be subject to the current published rate.

Coming soon:

Family Packets including details of the conference and scholarship opportunities will be distributed electronically to our membership by the end of the year.

On-line Registration will open in early 2018.

Daily Schedule:

Below is a preliminary outline of the planned daily activities.  More details to follow as we approach the conference date.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

  • Conference kicks off at 10 am CT
  • Family Day with various activities
  • Resource/Vendor Fair
  • Afternoon; New family welcome session
  • Evening; Meet and Greet for all attendees

Thursday, July 19, 2018

  • Conference sessions begin at 9am CT
  • Afternoon; Research McPosium
  • Evening; Group dinner

Friday, July 20, 2018

  • Morning; Research McPosium
  • Afternoon; Conference sessions
  • Evening; Group dance party

Saturday, July 21, 2018

  • Conference sessions begin at 9am
  • Closing session ends around 6pm
  • Evening; Outside Wiffle Ball Game

Sunday, July 22, 2018

  • Morning; Worship service

We look forward to providing you with information as it becomes available.  Hope to see you in Dallas!

If you have any questions, contact Veronica Frunzi at

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