Upcoming Adoption & Foster Care Conferences

T4A shotThere are some wonderful adoption & foster care conferences happening this year around the country that I want to encourage you to consider putting on your calendars!

For other events around the country visit orphancareresources.org and our friends at the Christian Alliance for Orphans.

October Conferences and Chosen Marathon

New Braunfels, TX – The Chosen Marathon for adoption! Saturday, October, 27, 2012
Columbia, SC – Please join ABBA Fund at the Finding Families Adoption and Foster Care Conference. Learn more about how you and your church can have an impact in the lives of families and children.
Friday, October 26, 2012 – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM – Christian Life Church – 2700 Bush River Road, Columbia, South Carolina
Hosted by U.S. Senator Jim DeMint

Irving, TX – The 2012 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference is only two weeks away, but there is still room for more — so make plans to attend on Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Irving Bible Church.

This year’s Tapestry Conference offers several unique opportunities!  In fact, the conference actually consists of three separate events — and you are invited to attend any or all of them.
On Friday, October 26, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tapestry will host an Attachment Workshop led by Dr. Curt Thompson, author of Anatomy of the Soul.  The workshop is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, professionals, ministry leaders, and others who desire to pursue lasting change in how they relate to the children they love and serve.  Training credits for foster and adoptive parents will be available, as well as CEUs for Texas licensed social workers and counselors.  Due to the tremendous response, only 20 spaces are still available for the workshop — so register today!
On Friday evening, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Tapestry will host Listen To Our Hearts.  This unique presentation will focus on the experiences, stories, and perspectives of adopted persons, and will feature Carissa Woodwyk, speaker and author of Before You Were Mine.
And last but not least, on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tapestry will host the 2012 Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Conference, featuring Dr. Curt Thompson as the general session speaker.
The 2012 Tapestry Conference will feature 18 new breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics relevant to adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption, adopted persons, professionals, and ministry leaders.
As in year’s past, the Tapestry Conference is completely free, and includes a light breakfast, lunch, conference materials, and training credits for adoptive and foster parents.
You won’t want to miss the 2012 Tapestry Conference and pre-conference events.  Visit http://tapestryconference.org/register to register online.

Christian Alliance For Orphans Summit VIII

Adoption. Foster Care. Global Initiatives. The annual Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit VII will be held at Saddleback Church in Southern California on May 3-4, 2012.

ABBA Fund will be represented along with many other Christian orphan care organizations. Participation is open to anyone interested in God’s calling for us to care for the orphan.

In addition to more than eighty breakout sessions, speakers include Francis Chan, Dennis Rainey, Rick Warren, Russell Moore, Dr. Karyn Purvis, and Jedd Medefind, the President of the Alliance. Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore and other musicians will also minister through stories and music.

If you can’t attend, continue to follow ABBA Fund on this blog, Facebook and Twitter to following the Summit happenings. More information about conference registration, venue and schedule can be found on the Summit VII website.



God’s Heart For Orphans Conference

Green Acres Baptist Church and the East Texas Family Conference will be hosting a one day adoption and orphan care conference – God’s Heart For Orphans – at the Crosswalk Conference Center in Tyler, Texas on Saturday, December 10, 2011. Special speakers include Jim Daly from Focus on the Family, Karyn Purvis from TCU and Empowered to Connect, and Carolyn Twietmeyer from Project Hopeful.

This conference will provide valuable information and encouragement as you and your church care for orphans. There will be two breakout sessions and lunch is included with your registration.

ABBA Fund will be represented by Dwain Gullion and representatives from other organizations will be there to encourage and serve. Click here for more information and to register and we hope to see you there!

Hope for Orphans Institute

Do you know a family considering adoption or a family struggling since adopting?

Are you interested in learning the latest on how to best serve the increasing number of families adopting special needs or at-risk kids?

Would you like help on how to best prepare for and help manage a possible disruption?

There are many resources available to help families navigate through the adoption process, but there have been fewer resources available to families once they bring a child home, and the real journey begins! You will not want to miss this conference on special needs & at-risk adoptions, adoption disruption, and pre/post adoption support for families and children.

Join Hope for Orphans on September 16th & 17th, as they host some of the leading experts in post-adoption issues at The Hope Center in Plano, TX.  For more information & to register go to: www.hfoinstitute.org