Loving Children with Special Needs

Creatively Engaging Your Community of People with Disabilities

This discussion will take a look at how to creatively engage with your local community of people with special needs through the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine event. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. Over the past seven years, Night to Shine has become a worldwide movement and is helping change cultures and communities through a night of celebrating the God-given dignity, value, and worth of every person experiencing disability.

(Eliza Gulbransen, Tim Tebow Foundation)

Exploring Show Hope’s Medical Care and Adoption Aid Grants (Coaching Table)

Join the Show Hope team for a discussion on different grant opportunities for families to assist with pre and post-adoption related expenses.

No sign-ups are required for the coaching tables. Limited seating will be first-come, first-served. Stay the hour or drop in throughout for questions, guidance, and discussion!

(Nathan Magness, Show Hope)

Graceful Invitation

Backpacker and international speaker Kevan Chandler applies his experience in friendship and disability to discuss overcoming the hurdles of inviting outsiders into the adoption conversation. He is joined by Nate Renich, adoptive father, TBRI Practitioner, and veteran in overseas ministry and orphan care work in Southeast Asia. The two will share their own diverse experiences of inviting new people into the unique worlds of disability, adoption, and orphan care. Discover how to practically do this in one’s own community – namely approaching others with grace, humility, and joy.

(Kevan Chandler and Nate Renich, We Carry Kevan)

Let’s Talk About Adoption Medical Care Opportunities

Come on by the gathering tent and join the Show Hope team to discuss how medical care grants can make a difference for adoptive families on every part of their journey. Bring your questions and stories!

(Nathan Magness, Show Hope)

Restoring Hope to Children with Disabilities

This conversation is for anyone that is slightly interested in adopting a child with a disability – whether a current parent or international ministry worker. How can caregivers be aware of each life area affected by disability and seek to bring restoration to the whole child? Bring your own story and questions to this encouraging hour focused on God’s goodness and practical solutions.

CEU’s Available: 1  (Natalie Flickner, Crisis Care Training International)

Strengthening the Family Dynamic when Living with Disability

Families raising an individual with a disability are frequently overlooked by the global Church. Churches frequently lack the resources, safe spaces, and training to welcome and support families. Many report feeling alone in their journey and discouraged by the lack of resources offered by their church. Roughly, only 10% of churches offer disability ministries; a number that is drastically too low. Shine On, a ministry of the Tim Tebow Foundation, equips the global Church and families living with disability with innovative resources, training, and programs to eliminate barriers and cultivate life-giving community. The Strengthening the Family Dynamic when Living with a Disability session will provide strategies on how to connect, support, and empower the parents, siblings, and individuals with a physical, developmental, or intellectual disability within your church.

Alfredo Salazar will present various approaches to promoting strong families living with a disability. He will first review common religious coping techniques used by families living with a disability and how the church can empathically listen and support families. Next, he will review how the church can connect couples, families, and individuals to licensed therapists in your area. Finally, he will discuss how to empower families within the church, create a community of inclusion, and develop crucial resources within your church to meet each family’s needs.

For additional resources, please download shineon.timtebowfoundation.org in your Apple or Android app store.

(Alfredo Salazar, Down Guatemala)

Supporting Local Families to Care for Children with Special Needs in the Majority World (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Caring for children with special needs can be daunting anywhere, and all the more so in many countries with highly-limited resources and public supports. How can CAFO member organizations best encourage and enable families globally to care for their children with special needs? What is working now and what new strategies are needed? CAFO member organizations are invited to join together in this interactive discussion of the big challenges and promising solutions.

(Faciliated by Jared Scheppmann, Ekisa)

The Work – and Joy – of WITH: Building Bonds Across Differences

Almost everything today seems to pull people apart. Differences of race, class, and other factors split nations, communities, even friends and families. Scripture calls God’s people in the opposite direction – both “bearing with” and building bonds with those who appear different, but share a common Lord. In this session, we’ll look at how this commitment must always begin with the practice of attentiveness. Even better, we’ll experience together what that looks like across many of the lines that divide people today.

CEU’s Available: 1  (Facilitated by: Jedd Medefind, CAFO Joined by: Lea Wright, Hope for the Fatherless; Kevan Chandler, We Carry Kevan; Johnna Murray, Palmer Home Family Care)