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Refresh Conference 2019!

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Featured Speakers

Michelle Vernon

Rob Mitchell

Ruth McWhite

Breakout Sessions

ATTACHED FOR LIFE

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Tony Perdomo

Parenting children dealing with trauma is overwhelming, and it can be very difficult to find resources to help in your parenting journey. Come hear from licensed therapist Tony Perdomo who has extensive experience counseling children with RAD about the unique challenges in creating attachment with children from hard places.

 

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GUARDING YOUR MARRIAGE

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Joe and Traci Weldie

Marriage is hard work no matter what, and it can be a challenge to put your spouse first in the journey of parenting children from hard places. Come hear from two couples making marriage a priority in the midst of adoption. Joe and Traci Weldie have been married for 23 years and have been parenting for 22 years. They have adopted older children from African countries, including a disrupted adoption. Joe and Traci also have four biological children. Dustin and Sloan Dozier have been married for 13 years and six years ago adopted a sibling group of 3 boys from foster care after fostering for 2 years.

 

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CREATIVE WAYS TO CARE FOR THE MODERN DAY ORPHAN

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Jeff Coppins, Corrie Vander Ploeg, Aimee Gobeli

For many of us, adopting or fostering was just the beginning as our hearts grew for the fatherless in our world. There are so many ministries and opportunities to foster that love and care and become a part of some great work being done both locally and globally. Come to hear inspirational stories from representatives from Back2Back Ministries, Fostering Great Ideas, and New Horizons for Children to learn about creative ways we can all do something to care for the modern-day orphan.

 

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ADOPTION 101

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Betsy Tanner

If you find yourself trying to make the life-changing decision about adoption, this is a breakout focused on addressing the basics of adoption. Different topics that will be covered are the differences between foster to adopt, domestic, infant and international adoption; the need for a dossier; determining the best option for your family, and ideas surrounding fundraising for the expense of adoption. This breakout will lead you in a discussion that will answer the basics of fostering and adoption.

ATTACHED FOR LIFE

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Tony Perdomo

Parenting children dealing with trauma is overwhelming, and it can be very difficult to find resources to help in your parenting journey. Come hear from licensed therapist Tony Perdomo who has extensive experience counseling children with RAD about the unique challenges in creating attachment with children from hard places.

 

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12 PRAYERS FOR THE WEARY MOTHER

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Rachel Baxter

As mothers, the greatest thing we can do for our children is to prioritize our spiritual health. But with all the stresses of life as a mom, it can be hard to focus our minds on the Lord, let alone know how to pray for ourselves and our fellow sisters in Christ. Come hear from Rachel Baxter how to pray the truth of Scripture over ourselves and all our fellow mothers!

 

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INTRODUCTION TO JOURNEY CAMP (PART 1)

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Rhonda LIttleton

This is part one of a two-part series introducing attendees to Journey Camp.  This will be presented by Rhonda Littleton of A Home for Me. This camp focuses on TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) which is a holistic approach that is multidisciplinary, flexible, attachment-centered, and challenging. It is a trauma-informed intervention that is specifically designed for children who come from “hard places”.

 

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MOMMY PANEL

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Corletta Brown, Christy Irons, Desiree Thompson

Every adoptive and foster mama has a different story to share. Join us as we interact with a panel of adoptive and foster mamas and learn how their journeys are different and what they share in common. Come with your questions ready!

 

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Foster Care 101

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Sharon Betts

There are often many questions swirling around the decision to become a foster parent. Most of us become concerned with the unknown – so this is a chance for you to learn about the process, what a typical experience looks like for a foster mom, and all you need to know to begin the journey to forever impacting a child’s life – and yours!

INTRODUCTION TO JOURNEY CAMP (PART 2)

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Rhonda Littleton

*Breakout prerequisite – having attended the Journey Camp Part 1 session

 

This is part two of a two-part series introducing attendees to Journey Camp. This follow-up session features a simulation of the Journey Camp experience. Attendees will participate in various camp activities and focus on practicing connecting and empowering principles.

 

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TECHNOLOGY AND TEENS

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Pat Gillen and Kayleigh Standard

Teenagers today are growing up with access to information and technology that we as parents never experienced. How do we help our kids navigate healthy and responsible attitudes towards technology while encouraging their growing independence? Come learn how to start the conversation with your teen as well as some practical tips to create safeguards and accountability with technology in your home.

 

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CARING FOR THE SIBLING DYNAMIC

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Lauren White and Jonathan Carlisle

A strong concern in the minds of most potential foster and adoptive parents is the effect that this journey will have on their biological children. Come join in this conversation with four experienced bio-siblings who have grown up in the world of the modern day orphan. You will hear from the perspective of adult bio-siblings and those still in the home. Be prepared with any questions you may have.

 

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HOW TO BE THE FOSTER PARENT GOD CALLS YOU TO BE

February 16, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Sharen Ford

Come hear from Focus on the Family’s Dr. Sharen Ford discuss 8 principles to be the foster parent God calls you to be, the system wants you to be, and the child needs you to be. There will be a short question and answer session as well, so come with your questions ready!

FAQ's

The cost of the Refresh Conference is $99. We offer an “early bird” discounted rate of $75 for those who register no later than October 31st. The cost for the conference includes all general sessions, breakouts, conference materials, child care Friday night (if needed), meals, and snacks.

A continental breakfast on Saturday along with a catered lunch and dinner are provided with the cost of the conference. We also try to make sure you have all the snacks, coffee, and water you can imagine all day long!

Friday evening, February 15th

5:45 pm doors open for light desserts and childcare drop off.

6:30 – 8:30 pm Keynote session

 

Saturday, February 16th

8:00 am doors open for breakfast and registration

9:00 am Conference begins

8:30pm Conference ends – it is a full day, so if you are coming from out of town, be sure to plan to spend the night.

 

Sunday, February 17th

We would love to invite you to worship with us at First Baptist Simpsonville. Worship times are 8:45, 10:00 and 11:15. You can learn more here https://www.fbsimpsonville.org/

Yes. During registration, you will be able to indicate your need for these credit hours. Certificates will be provided at the end of the conference on Saturday for up to 10 hours of credit.

Children are welcome to attend on Friday evening. Child care is provided at no additional cost. Please register with the necessary details regarding your family by December 31st so the team can plan appropriately.

We have three main speakers as well as 12+ speakers for our breakout sessions. You can find their bios under “speakers” on our website. In 2019, you’ll hear from Dr. Sharen Ford, Rachel Baxter and Dustin Dozier (Friday night). There will also be breakouts led by Dr. Sharen Ford, Rachel Baxter, Rhonda Littleton, and Tony Perdomo to name a few. Our ever-popular Sibling Panel and Mommy Panel are returning for another year as well.

This conference is designed for adoptive/fostering/waiting moms, for women thinking about adopting/fostering, and for women involved in these ministries at their church and communities. We also have a breakout geared to share information about ministries and organizations (both local and global) that serve the vulnerable and fatherless in our communities. Refresh is also for those who support and care for families who have adopted/fostered (grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, ministry leaders) as we offer insights into how to best love those families.

Unfortunately we will not be able to reimburse you after you register.

We are excited to offer a group discount for groups of 10+ women who want to attend Refresh. Please email us at [email protected] for more information.

Yes. Although we would LOVE for you to be there the whole weekend, we understand schedules can be busy. We do want you to have a few hours at Refresh, so we have opened up a Friday-night-only option. Friday evening is for women and their spouses and we offer free childcare for those who register BEFORE January 30, 2019. Attendees who need continuing education hours will receive 2 hours for Friday night.

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