Let’s start at the very beginning because it’s always a very good place to start. Join the adoption triad as they name the pieces and parts and people in our collective adoption story - all of its brokenness, all of its beauty, all of its pain, all of its possibility.
For over two and a half decades, Beth and her husband have fought to stay connected in their marriage relationship in the midst of ministry and multiple adoptions. This frank conversation is not intended for a PG audience and will dig into issues relating to conflict resolution, intimacy, and missional marriage.
Trauma is a complex topic that can be hard to break down to a child's level without sounding scary or overwhelming. Come learn how to explain trauma in a way that makes sense to kids and gives them language to process what they or their siblings may be experiencing. Multiple hands on illustrations will be presented for you to replicate on your own later.
Their lives are an open book, and they are willing to answer (almost) any question, regardless of how ridiculous. Brett & Dave-O are available to address questions from audiences about all aspects of adoption with humor, (some) tact, and honesty.
Dave-O and Brett will dig deeper into six common hurdles for adoptees: reason for adoption, missing or difficult information, identity, permanence, difference, and loyalty. They’ll share from their personal experiences and offer helpful insights for adoptive parenting.
How do you motivate a child who looks right at you and doesn’t listen? What about a teenager who has shut down or defiant? Your child was born with boxing gloves on, ready to fight. Well-meaning people tell you to clamp down on and get control of your child. But you don’t want to crush his spirit or create more defiance. Instead of constantly creating power struggles, we'll show you how to enjoy a respectful, motivated child who is confident, persistent and purposeful.
It is NOT your job to be the sheriff and break up every sibling squabble. Your children must learn how to resolve conflict on their own. We will show you practical, stress-free strategies that work when: Your kids bicker endlessly back and forth. Children hit, scream, bite or annoy siblings. One child drains all your energy and time. Your kids whine, “That’s not fair” and “He’s looking at me!” You want your kids off their video games without being asked (or pleading, “Hold on, I just need to save it, I just need to get to the next level!”).
The adoption journey is filled with waiting. Whether we are waiting for our child to come home or for hearts to be healed and promises to be fulfilled, waiting is hard. But what if we let God use our waiting seasons to strengthen our faith instead of sap it? To woo us instead of wreck us? Join Alicia as she shares encouragement and Biblical truth that will equip you to move from worrier to warrior in the waiting.
This seminar will focus on gaining a deeper understanding of personal cultural identity by examining the different stages of racial identity development. This seminar will help attendees locate themselves within the stages of racial identity development, begin to consider the stage of development of their support networks, and begin to examine where their children may be in their own racial identity development process.
What do parents in transracial families need to know about raising black girls in a society that is struggling deeply with issues of race and identity? Join this panel of African-American women willing to have an honest discussion about race, culture, and care as they share from their knowledge and experience.
Since adoptive parents often cannot remove themselves from stressful situations, they benefit from learning how to shift their nervous system into a state of regulation even in the midst of chaos. By leaning into the latest brain science on regulation and self-compassion, this workshop will help you identify and harness already existing opportunities to practice moments of rest and regulation in order to strengthen your resilience and decrease burn-out.
Teaching kids calming skills is important, but when we rely solely on the 'thinking' part of the brain to help with regulation, we overlook the two most important ways to help support regulation in our kids- through the body and through relationship! This workshop will focus on supporting regulation in your child both through your relationship and through supporting the needs of their body (especially sensory needs or difficulties!).