I want to share three upcoming events, but before I do that, I want to talk about the need for support within the adoption/foster care community. Six years ago, when our children came home, I only knew a few adoptive parents. When it became clear that our challenges were not the “give them time to settle in” type, we didn’t have a circle of adoption-related people to come around us.
Over time, through my blog and speaking, I’ve made so many amazing friends. I am deeply thankful for them. Just this morning a friend, who is a therapist, was waiting at LAX for her flight, and I called to ask her some questions about Eby. I would never have met Jennifer if I hadn’t gone to a conference. During this hard season with Dimples, many friends have reached out to us through my blog, Facebook, through the mail, and in person. These people are a wonderful support to our family.
I am continually in awe of the love that flows in the community of those who are devoted to orphan care.
I hope you are finding the support you need, even if your closest support person is somebody you connect with online and have never met in person. One of my best friends, Kathleen, still jokingly calls me her “internet friend.” Although we’ve now logged many hours of time together in real life, our initial connection was through a mutual friend who read my blog.
There are three wonderful events coming up that I want you to know about.
First, I’ve been invited to speak at the first annual Embracing Orphans Retreat in Estes Park, Colorado. It is April 5 – 7 and is for women who are embracing orphans through foster care, adoption, orphan care, and those who are hoping to adopt or foster in the future. Space is limited and it is likely to fill up quickly, so don’t delay in registering.
The west coast’s largest orphan care conference, Refresh, is also coming up – in only a week, February 8-9. I will be speaking Friday night and doing a workshop on Saturday. I honestly cannot say enough good things about Refresh; if you can possibly make it to the Seattle area, please come.
Then in March we have the Spokane Orphan Summit on the 16th. I’m excited to have an event so close to home, I can actually get in my car and drive there! Jason Kovacs, one of the founders of Together for Adoption, is the main speaker and there are many workshops available, including one given by me on creating your support team.
Orphan care, foster care, and adoption are an incredible calling – and one you should not do alone. You need at least one good friend who is walking the road with you, and if you can find an entire circle of friends, all the better.
Have a great Thursday, friends. Hope to see you soon.