Thursday, March 3, 11:30am – 12:30pm


Lying, Stealing, and Hoarding | David Adams

Lying, stealing, and hoarding are one of the common but can be frustrating behaviors for foster/adoptive parents. In this roundtable breakout session, Dr. David Adams will discuss reasons why these behaviors are so common for foster/adoptive children. We will discuss practical, positive-based behavioral, attachment-based strategies to help you navigate these challenging and common behaviors.


Equine Experience | Ashley Boswell

Come enjoy an equine experience with intentional activities that will strengthen your regulation and empathy skills. Overcoming trauma is an internal journey that can be greatly assisted with interactions with horses. God designed our brains to be in touch with our whole body and we often lose that connection in the midst of the daily hustle and bustle of parenting. Discover new ways of how to attune to the people around you with the power of our equine program.


When Your Heart Feels Trampled and You’ve Run Out of Compassion | Melissa Corkum & Lisa Qualls

Is there a wall growing between you and your child and does your heart feel trampled?  Learn the brain science behind your feelings and gain practical solutions. Leave your shame behind and revive radical compassion for yourself and your child.


Sensory Solutions! Developmental ages 2-6 | Deborah Graves

Trouble with meltdowns at home, school, or on the go? Picky eater? Scratchy clothes? Come learn about you and your child’s sensory worlds and ways to help “soothe the savage” – from monster to magnificent! Leave feeling empowered with trauma informed understandings and strategies to connect even within the chaos. This workshop offers interactive, experiential learning, plus practical tools to address confusing and challenging behaviors related to sensory processing and complex developmental trauma. Come with your questions and real life scenarios and together we’ll try to sort out some answers to the unsuspecting sensory needs behind some of your child’s most baffling behaviors.


Building My Village From One: Practical Tips for Creating a Meaningful, Sustainable Community Around the Single Parent | Hallie Graves

I’m a solo foster parent. It can be lonely, isolating, and incredibly difficult. I know I should get others involved, but how? When? What do I ask? How do I get over the feeling that I took this on, so I have to handle it myself? Join us to learn how to bless others by inviting them to real, meaningful involvement in your family and mission.


Moving the Needle towards Happier Homes | Deborah Gray

Just as the title says, this workshop is a family-to-family tips session on having happier homes. Parents have shared with me their strategies for more joy for many years. I will be passing on their tips to you in this session—and will throw in some research findings, as well. Rather than a self-care talk, this session’s topic is increasing happiness.


Marriage as a Deep Breath | Beth Guckenberger

As parents of four adopted children, three biological children and a host of foster kids, Beth and her husband Todd have fought for two and a half decades to stay connected in their marriage relationship.  Willing to share vulnerably their cautionary tales, and best practices, Beth will address the unique pressures of a family in ministry. This is not for a PG audience, and she will be frank about issues relating to conflict resolution, intimacy and missional marriage.


Soul Care & Self Care | Brandi Lea

We cannot lead where we have not been. How can we lead our kids to healing if we haven’t “gone there” for ourselves? In this breakout, we will talk about WHY we need to go to therapy ourselves if we are going to encourage our kids to do the same. So often “self care” gets tossed around as a buzzword these days. So let’s get down and dirty. As an adoptive parent, what does it REALLY mean to take care of you while you take care of the kids? What’s important to do and what’s the fluff we can ditch and roll our eyes at for real?


Why is Knowing my Worth is so Important as a Caregiver | Cindy Lee & Renae Dupuis 

We can’t give something we don’t have.   For a child to heal, we must help them replace their shameful beliefs about themselves with the truth of their worth and value.  To do that, caregivers must also know their own worth and value.  This session will focus on why positive self-worth in caregivers is vital to success and describe the steps to gaining this understanding.  If we are solid in knowing who we are, we will function with less frustration and stress, we will experience more joy, and most importantly, we will help our children heal.


Doors of Hope for Mental Health: A Conversation with Kay Warren | Kay Warren

Join Kay Warren as she discusses mental health and ways to build resilience for yourself and how to get support for your child. Mental illness is real, common and treatable.  When children face Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), their likelihood of facing mental health challenges increases.  In this session you will learn ways to build your own resilience and help your child get the care and support they need.