"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
- James 1:27
Together For Adoption Conference is back on May 12-13, 2017 at Centre Street Church in Calgary, Alberta!
Come and hear our very special guest speakers: Ann Voskamp, pastor Joyce Rees and humorist Phil Callaway. Choose from 15 breakout sessions and two pre-conference workshops. We'd love for you to join us at this event that always has great feedback and leaves participants encouraged and equipped. Visit the website at: t4acanada.com to register and see more details.
Together For Adoption Canada is a national conference that exists to build a community of foster and adoptive families in Canada and to encourage and equip those families to follow this sacred calling to care for vulnerable children. We aim to inspire, educate, equip and celebrate families, churches and agencies to serve the needs of waiting children and those who care for them.
ABBA Canada Foundation is very excited to announce a huge milestone! You have helped us reach the quarter million dollar mark for adoption grants given! The quarter million dollar mark represents 81 adoption grants!
On Saturday, September 24th from 7:30-9:30pm, at Southgate Church in Langley (#120 - 5501 204th St), we will be hosting an evening to celebrate what God has done through ABBA Canada and celebrate the children that have found permanent forever families in loving Christian homes across Canada. The evening will be open to anyone interested in the work of ABBA Canada; donors, adoptive families, grant recipients, etc. It will not be a fundraiser, but rather an evening of celebration, food, videos, testimonies, live music, stories and hearing from one of our local grant recipient families. We hope you can join us to celebrate!
Please RSVP by September 10th to email@example.com
Watch as grant recipients Allan & Joanna share their beautiful adoption journey!
The breakouts have been released, the conference is a month away, are you registered yet? Every year, we get feedback from people who were blessed by Together For Adoption Canada conference. Visit the site at www.t4acanada.com We hope you can join us! Here are the breakouts:
1A - Adopting from Foster Care by MCFDCome and learn all about what is involved in adopting children who are in the care of the Ministry for Children and Families. Did you know that there is no cost for this type of adoption? What is required of prospective adoptive families?
1B - Adoption Basics: Domestic and International Adoption by Wendy Kittlitz
Looking at other options for adoption in Canada? What is private adoption? Can we adopt a baby? What countries are presently open to Canadian families for international adoption and why is it so expensive? We will discuss these question and more!
1C - Launching an Adoption Ministry in Your Church by Kristjen and Tamara HullWould you love to see a ministry in your church to care for the orphan and support adoptive and foster families? Come learn practical steps to launch a ministry and grow this ministry to a thriving and effective outreach to families in your community and church. From approaching your church board, to exploring the creative possibilities for your church ministry…we will cover it all in this informative session. We'll share resource ideas and help you get started.
1D - Advocating for your children both in the community and school by Cherry SczebelWe will be talking about what it looks like to advocate both for your adopted and foster children. There are many resources out there that we just don't know about and aren't always made aware of by the professionals in the process. How to find and access them in the community and though the school.
1E - Attachment by Brian and Colleen DerksenAttachment is one of the most important building blocks of a successful adoption. In this session, we will talk about attachment from the child’s point of view, and from ours, and discuss strategies for building an attachment-rich environment and working towards forming secure attachments. We would also discuss the importance of dealing with our own stuff as adults and how it impacts our ability to form good attachments with our children.
2A - Fundraising for Adoptions by Kristjen and Tamara Hull
The high cost of domestic and international adoption can be daunting. This workshop will introduce participants to the ministry of ABBA Canada, an adoption funding option in Canada. Learn also how your church can support adoption through ABBA Canada, how your family might secure some funding assistance and how you can creatively raise financial support for your own adoption.
2B - Stress and Self-Care for Foster/Adoptive Parents by Wendy KittlitzFostering and adopting can be stressful. It is important to understand the impact this can have on you as parents and take positive steps to care for yourself in the midst of all the needs and demands that will be coming your way. We will explore what stress is and how we can learn to take good care of ourselves so we can be the moms and dads our kiddos need us to be.
2C - When an Adoption is Hard: when to consider out-of-home care by Jen & Phil WaglerWhat happens when your dreams for your adopted family become shattered dreams? Where do you go to seek help when you’re at the end of your rope with your adopted child(ren)? In this session, Jen will be sharing their family’s journey with such broken dreams when out of home care became a necessity for their oldest child.
2D - Parenting Children with FASD and other Special Needs by Amanda PrestonFind out the basics of common special needs associated with adoption including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, HIV, ADHD, RAD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Institutionalization. Learn strategies to work with children, and tips on parenting. Special focus will be on FASD. This course is beneficial before choosing an adoption path as many special needs are associated with certain adoption programs.
2E - What is the Difference Between Foster Care and Adoption? by MCFD foster care staffFoster care recruitment staff will answer your questions about how fostering is different from adoption.
3A - Aboriginal Adoption by Amanda Preston
With more than 50% of children in foster care being Aboriginal, there is a huge need for adoptive and foster parents who are interested in adopting a child with Aboriginal heritage. Permanency of an Aboriginal child can look different and can include adoption, guardianship, custody and more. Find out the various routes in this workshop and a history of the Aboriginal people and why knowing their past is vital in moving forward in their future. This workshop will also introduce the importance of Aboriginal culture in permanency planning and how Christians can embrace it from a Christian perspective.
3B - Developing Resiliency and Running the Race when Life Gets Weary: A Primer for Adoptive and Foster Parents by Harold Park
The journey of adoption and foster care can be challenging, complex and may bring unexpected adversity. This workshop will help overwhelmed, discouraged parents (and future parents) look at the area of resilience and how to develop a resilient spirit - to keep running when feeling weary, and to keep your eye on the goal even in the darkest moments. Practical principles for developing parental resilience will be covered to help you to stay engaged with passion and perseverance. This session will share insights from ongoing research from Harold’s doctoral thesis in the area of parental resilience of adoptive parents.
3C - What Every Prospective Parent Needs to Know about Adopting an Older Child by Andrea ChatwinAndrea will walk parents through the key differences in adopting older children (school age and older). The unique mindset required for this parenting journey must embrace a balance of both realism and believing in miracles. A child with a history of attachment losses needs parental responses that respect their history and the impact it has had on the developing brain and belief systems. This workshop will specifically address what parents need to know in order to successfully parent an older adoptee and the practical adjustments they need to be prepared for. From her work with adoptive and foster families over the past ten years Andrea will talk about ‘what no one told me before I adopted an older child’ so that prospective adoptive parents are able to make informed and realistic decisions when considering adoption. 3D - How to Mobilize Your Church for Adoption & Foster Care by Jason KovacsThis session will explore how you can mobilize your church for adoption and foster care in ways that are gospel-driven and not manipulative. We will discuss how to create a culture vs ministry, the common challenges in mobilizing your church, and practical things anyone can do to care for children as well as more involved ways to engage your church.