There are several great opportunities around the country this fall to learn and grow as both advocates for the fatherless and as adoptive & foster parent. Here are some of the excellent conferences available through CAFO member organizations in the upcoming months:
Empowered to Connect
September 13-14 (Washington DC)
Empowered To Connect, together with Show Hope, hosts the Empowered To Connect Conference — a two-day event designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.
The conference features Dr. Karyn Purvis together with Michael & Amy Monroe, and is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, therapists and others.
Visit Empowered to Connect for more details and to register online.
Offering Healing and Hope for Children in Crisis: Trauma and Crisis Care September 17-20 (Englewood, CO)
This “Trauma and Crisis Care” module, written by Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn, presents foundational issues and principles that provide an understanding of children’s traumatic experiences and the resulting impact of trauma. Additionally, it addresses planning and implementation of biblical interventions in order to bring healing and hope to hurting children.
To learn more and to register, go to CrisisCareTraining.org.
Rooted: Gospel Centered Parenting for Struggling Families
September 20 (The Woodlands, TX) and October 25 (Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, AR)
This conference by Hope for Orphans will examine God’s methods of parenting us and see how this integrates with what we learn from research in the lives of children from difficult pasts, to develop best practices for helping our children to heal. Rooted is for families that are in crisis, families who want be proactive in parenting high-risk children, and families just considering adoption or foster care. It will help you see the essential and pervasive power of the Gospel for both parents and hurting children.
To learn more and to register, go to rootedparenting.com.
Hope at Home 2014: Real Families. Real Help. Real Hope
September 26-27 (Norcross, GA)
The “Hope at Home 2014″ adoptive/foster parenting conference is offered as a time of refreshing through encountering the Father’s heart towards adoptive families. It seeks to go beyond a traditional conference to equip and restore parents as they face the exciting and often challenging role of partnering with God to transform orphans into Sons and Daughters. The conference offers renewed strength for the parenting journey through prayer and instruction on God’s resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Visit Hope at Home for more details and to register online.
Together for Adoption – October 17-18 (SC)
The primary objective for this year’s T4A conference is to maximize the time together by providing important conversations with people who are key leaders, thinkers, and practitioners in the global orphan movement. T4A will facilitate “extended conversations that matter “— conversations that uniquely address the complex spectrum of care needed for orphans globally.
Every main session talk will be followed a 20 minute onstage conversation in which leaders within the evangelical orphan care and adoption movement discuss the topic and its implication for orphan care and adoption.
Visit Together for Adoption for more details and to register online.