We are tentatively scheduled to speak at the 2017 Mosaic Retreat in Simi Valley, California. Check back for more updates later on. To learn more about the Mosaic Retreat for foster and adoptive parents, click here.

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Date: November 4, 2017
Event: Mosaic Retreat
Location: Simi Valley, California
Public: Public
More Info: Click here for more information.

How To Parent A Child Who Constantly Fights For Survival.

Children who come from trauma are often in a fight for survival, even if they’ve been in your loving care for some time. It’s exhausting and unending at times. How do you successfully parent children who are in a fight while keeping your sanity?

Agressive boxing fight

On a mild Monday evening, around 6 pm, I wait expectedly in our kitchen, repeating a series of words over and over to myself. Today is the first day I’ve allowed my son to ride his bike home from football practice. On the stove is a pan of spaghetti and meatballs. In the oven, Texas Toast (our favorite). Dinner is ready. When he gets home, we’ll all sit down and eat. But I know what’s coming. I can hear his words in my head before he even walks through the door… “What’s for dinner?”

Foster and Adoptive dads….join Mike Berry from Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent and Andrew Schneidler from The Refresh Conference for the very first ROAD TRIP: COLORADO retreat created just for foster and adoptive dads. Click here to learn all about this awesome experience!

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Date: October 26, 2016—October 29, 2016
Event: Road Trip: Colorado, 2016
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

How Love Makes This Journey A Million Times Harder.

We entered into foster care and adoption for one reason: Love. And if this choice has taught us anything, it’s that true love will take the life out of you in a heartbeat.

Mountain View and Hiker

The front porch of our house is my go-to place anytime I need to rant, or lend a listening ear to a friend in need. I’m not sure why, since we live on a busy street. There’s a constant stream of cars, trucks, and school buses zooming past at all hours of the day. Not exactly the quiet backdrop you’re looking for when helping a friend out. The other day, my friend called me frustrated and defeated.

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Stop Fostering?

There’s a beginning and an end to everything. It’s one of the natural rules of life. Foster care is no exception. But, how do you know when it’s time to hang up the license and be done?

Finish line

On a warm sunny afternoon in May, 2012, we stood in a stuffy courtroom in downtown Indianapolis, before a judge, and family and friends, declaring that we wanted to be our son Sam’s forever parents. It was an exciting day for us. We had stood in that very courtroom for 2 other adoptions in year’s previous. Our little man was glowing that day. At only 3 years old, he knew what was happening and he was excited.

3 Life-Lessons I’ve Learned From My Child With Special Needs.

*Editor’s note- this post originally appeared in Mike’s column on Disney’s Babble.com. To read more of Mike’s posts on Babble click here.

I never thought my child’s special need would teach me how to be a better human being. But here I am, 7 years later, learning so much from his beautiful spirit and unique perspective on the world around him.

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I hear the front door of our house open and shut swiftly on a warm summer afternoon in Central Indiana, where we’ve made our home for the past 15 years. It’s a few days before school start and all of my kids are a bit stir crazy. The unbearable August heat drives us inside most days by the time the clock strikes 12.