Breakout Session 3

Thursday, March 3, 3:15 – 4:15 PM


Single Parents: Lessons learned from the Trenches | David Adams

In this roundtable discussion, we will explore some of the challenges and joys of being a foster/adoptive single parent. Come and learn from other single parents as we discuss issues related to single parenting. Topics include: self care, building a community of support, and strategies to being both a “mom” and “dad” for your foster/adoptive parent.


Kinship Care: Out of Left Field | Amanda Auer

This will be a storytelling and sharing session on emergency placements, extended family, dealings inside and outside of the system, and loving your child through it all.  We will discuss how to love the child in your care when you feel underprepared and overwhelmed and learn to lean on God to carry you through it all.


The Road Less Traveled: Parenting Through Grief and Loss | Sue Badeau

Grief, loss, anger, confusion, frustration – all of these emotions are experienced by both the children and adults involved with the foster care system.  How do we cope with this mix of our own emotions while also helping a child to cope with theirs. This workshop will provide both information and experiential activities to help foster and adoptive parents understand, express and cope with their own emotions as well as creating a self-care plan to develop resilience.


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.


Parenting Tough Teen Behaviors | Melissa Corkum

Parenting teens has unique rewards and challenges, especially when our teens have experienced trauma and adverse experiences. Melissa’s learned a lot the hard way about how to set families up for lifelong relationships with their teens. In the end, it all comes down to one key thing.


Trauma In the Classroom | Olivia Dahlin

Trauma changes the development of our brain and body which can impact our ability to learn, retain memory, sustain concentration and often interact in a structured educational environment. This session will review ways in which trauma can show up in the educational environment and provide you with tools to communicate with your teachers and administrators to help your child receive the support they need to thrive.


Healing Through Creative Movement | Deborah Graves

Are you struggling with finding your peace in the midst of the storm? Are you longing for ease and connection with yourself and your child? Come enjoy a unique somatic-based healing experience that combines therapeutic movement, breath work, introspection, and compassionate soul-care. Learn the science behind these therapeutic movements that integrate aspects of the self separated by trauma. Share these movements with your child to create a renewed playfulness and peace within your relationship.


Your Child or Teen’s Life Story: Helping to Build A Positive Sense Of Self—Even When Stories Are Hard | Deborah Gray

How does your child describe themselves? How do you assist this process? What words heal instead of wound? This workshop frames answers to the typical questions at each stage of the adopted person’s development. Harder realities will be discussed. We will talk about how to build context before presenting negative information—and when to postpone giving information. There will be time for Q and A in this workshop.


Intentional Diversity | Maria Hansen-Quine

What is diversity? Why should diversity matter to me as an adoptive/foster parent? What can I do to implement diversity at home? Learning the diversity needs of our children can be a steep learning curve for some us as new adoptive/foster parents.  Unexpectedly we find ourselves having conversations around special needs, race, culture, identity (including adoption identity). Our call as caregivers is to be intentional with these conversations, while simultaneously creating a home environment that celebrates the beautiful diversity of our new family.


Why Does My Child Need Power And Control? | Cindy Lee

Many children who have experienced harm exhibit a high need to be in control.  In this session, Cindy provides the many possible reasons why this is happening and a core strategy you can use to help your child with this issue. This session provides insight into this core strategy, why you may or may not struggle providing it, and how to master it.


Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder | Pam Parish

A practical guide to seeing yourself and the kids in your care through the lens of the gospel.