The dates and times for these sessions are subject to change. We will update this page as those changes occur and will have a final schedule printed and ready at the conference.
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led by Melissa Corkum
Parenting teens has unique rewards and challenges, especially when our teens have experienced trauma and adverse experiences.
Melissa’s learned a lot the hard way about how to set families up for lifelong relationships with their teens. In the end, it all comes down to one key thing.
led by Patrick Neff
As people we all have things that trigger us and dis-regulate our emotions, but children from hard places and traumatic backgrounds have a very sensitive trigger system. They can become dysregulated very quickly.
In this session we will explore ways to recognize what things are triggering to your child, what part we are playing in that, as well as knowing and addressing our own triggers and how we can grow to support our children's needs.
This topic can be both challenging and healing, but is invaluable for any caregiver working with children from hard places.
led by Dr. Sharon Key Sutton
How many times have we opened up our home and our heart with the best of intentions, but feel overwhelmed with how to help our child succeed in the school setting? A large majority of children in foster care are traveling home to home with an IEP and special accommodations at school. Or maybe your child hasn't been in one place long enough for the school to identify the needs yet.
Erin will help you understand your rights as a parent (including foster parents), what you can ask for, and how to ask for it. She'll also be ready with strategies for working with your child at home.
led by Jamie Finn
This breakout will explore the importance of Biblically informed self care.
Topics will include the risk of secondary trauma and burnout for foster and adoptive parents, a Biblical foundation for self care, creating space for self care in a busy family, and practical ideas for foster and adoptive parents to build actual self care into their lives.
led by Jimia Jones
Is the only other adult in your home the one looking back at you in the mirror?
You can expect to explore support networks, pride vs. boldness/honesty, self-care, balance and... maybe even the topic of dating!
Join this session exclusively for single parents to network with other singles, and share resources and experiences.
led by Melissa and Patrick Corkum
Patrick and Melissa have two kids by birth, four through adoption, and a live-in granddaughter. They’ve weathered adopting out of birth order, child on parent violence, out-of-home placement, PTSD, and becoming grandparents in their thirties.
In this session, they’ll talk candidly about the secret to maintaining a strong marriage when parenting (and life) is hard.
led by Holly Colonna
Fitness and food are powerful God-given tools that can allow us to move and grow through life with strength, energy, and positivity, and yet are severely neglected areas in our current society.
In this breakout session, we’ll be looking at why and how to use the tools of exercise and nutrition for optimal levels of physical and mental health.
While diet and exercise alone should not be a replacement for necessary medications, we will be looking at how to support trauma, learning issues, and other underlying conditions using food and fitness with a focus on children.
“Exercise is medicine.” -The American College of Sports Medicine
“Food is medicine.” -Hippocrates
led by Patrick Neff
While all of us have faced various challenges as a result of trauma, children from hard places often suffer from prolonged compound trauma. For many this compound trauma at the early years of crucial development can have a devastating effect on the healthy outcomes of brain development.
Proactive brain mentoring, however, can have a significant and positive impact on the health, healing and future growth of the brain and its function.
This practical lesson will explore how the brain works and its response to trauma and how loving safe caregivers can proactively help to heal and rewire a more healthy and productive brain. When we heal the brain we heal and restore the child.
led by Jamie Finn
Foster care is about more than just taking care of a child, it’s about playing a part in the healing of a family.
This breakout will address the foster parent’s role in building, strengthening, and repairing relationships with biological families. Jamie will lay the groundwork for a theological and research based foundation for family preservation and reunification, and share practical steps and ideas for foster parents looking to grow in building relationships with biological parents.
led by Angie Grant
It's undeniable that the children we love and serve have unique histories and needs. As a result, we as parents must be willing to learn how to love and parent them well. This requires that we take on some new ideas and new ways of relating, communicating, and offering discipline. It means that we must be open to new ideas and learn how to use new parenting tools that will be effective in helping our children heal and grow.
But truthfully, this can actually be the easy part. What is often far more challenging is being willing and able to un-learn some of our old ways of parenting.
Whether it is parenting strategies that were successful with your biological children, ways that you yourself were parented, or parenting approaches that others in your church or circle of friends are using. This session will jumpstart you with new tools from someone who has been there and actually is still there!
led by Roniesha Blaylock
Have you ever felt challenged or defeated because you don’t have experience with textured hair? Can’t quite get it to behave?
Welcome to the life of textured hair. Don’t feel bad, most people that have curly hair also endure a point of frustration when dealing with their own hair until they master the hair behavior theory.
Hair behavior is knowing how hair instantly reacts to products, tools, humidity, tension, heat…and most importantly, LOVE.
Join me to find out which shampoos, conditioners, styling products, and hair habits are best suited for all hair types. My goal is to give you the confidence you desire to help you take care of every kiddo that’s blessed to be comforted by your love.
During this session, I will reveal the secrets to TEXTURES, CURLS, and PRODUCTS as I demonstrate step-by-step hair care routines that you can apply to children of both genders and of all age groups. Gain hands on experience, plus a Q & A session. You won’t want to miss it.
led by Melissa Corkum
ADHD is a common, yet often misunderstood, diagnosis.
In this breakout, understand why your child can't seem to focus or stay organized and gain the tools to respond confidently and effectively.
led by Stephanie Fast
We and our children have lost much!
We have been broken! Now what?
Kintsukuroi is a Japanese art to repair with gold. It is the art of repairing broken pottery with gold or silver lacquer with the result that the piece is more beautiful having been broken.
In this session, Stephanie will use her own story to illustrate this concept and help us better understand how God might be able to use our own brokenness for beauty.
We can walk believing the tomorrows of our lives can be lived mended by Him who knows us and never gives up on us!