Breakout Session 4

Friday, March 4, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM


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.


Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Overview | Ernie & Pat Casarez

Learn the basics of TBRI which is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI is connection.


Foster Care, Adoption and Marriage – The View from 40+ Years and 40+ Kids | Hector & Sue Badeau

As foster and adoptive parents, we must be prepared to welcome a new child at any hour, manage a wide array of behaviors, and cope with often intrusive agency regulations, policies and paperwork.  In the midst of all this, for married couples, we are trying to find a new normal in the chaos and ensure that we make time for nurturing our marriage. What are the impacts of foster care and adoption on marriage and what are the top 10 tips for still standing after 40+ years?


Practical Parenting Strategies for Difficult Behaviors | Melissa Corkum

The behaviors adopted and foster children use to feel safe can be frustrating and downright gross. Lying, hoarding, stealing, sneaking, spitting, throwing, pooping, peeing. They don’t make sense and can leave us scratching our heads wondering what in the world to do. Learn a simple acronym for tackling even the most difficult behaviors.


Sensory Solutions! Developmental ages 2-10 | 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.


Advocacy 101: Communicating Effectively with Your (Legal, Medical, Educational, Therapy) Team for the Best Outcome for Your Child | Hallie Graves

I knew parenting kids with trauma, within a system that causes trauma, would be hard, but I feel totally unprepared to advocate for my foster kids! Do I go to court? Who do I tell important information to? What do I do if no one is listening? And how do I communicate in a way that is honest, respectful, objective, and productive? Join us to learn more and be encouraged to communicate effectively for kids and families.


Trauma In the Classroom | Maria Hansen-Quine

Navigating trauma in the classroom is complex.  Knowing what our children need can be overwhelming. Learn from a mom of 9 jewels (7 with both special needs and trauma) who has been doing it effectively for many years.  As a School Counselor of 18 years, this mom’s insights and knowledge is invaluable.  


  • The difference between an IEP and a 504, and when to advocate for which one.
  • Common trauma triggers in the classroom and effective strategies.
  • The most effective way to advocate for what your child needs.
  • How to best help your child be successful at school.


Soul Care is 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?


Battle Weary Parents | Pam Parish

Finding refreshment, peace, and hope in the midst of difficulties in our parenting journeys.


Guided Art Expression | Saddleback Visual Arts Ministry

Art Expressions sessions will guide you in using the power of color and form to express the deeper vibrations of your life. In a group setting, a Certified Instructor guides you with prompts that help you voice your feelings with paints on canvas. It’s not about making a beautiful painting as much as it is “journaling” through the language of color. No art experience necessary.