We are both excited to be speaking at the first ever Take Heart And Thrive Conference in Walnut Creek, California on April 28th and 29th.

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Date: April 28, 2017—April 29, 2017
Event: Take Heart And Thrive Conference
Location: Walnut Creek, California
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

6 Adoption Do-Overs I’d Take If I Could.

We all wish we could go back in time and change something we did wrong, or didn’t do at all. While it’s not possible, we can certainly learn from past mistakes and grow as we move forward.

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Oh how I wish time machines were real. Like, for real, real! I’m not even kidding. I’ll admit it openly here…I secretly watch Back To The Future with a bit of wishful thinking. I think through some of my royal screw-ups from the yester-years, shake my head, grit my teeth, and think, If only! If only I could hop into that glorious Delorean with Marty and bust a move back to that instance, that one moment, that day I said something I didn’t mean, or that traumatic fall out with one of our kids, and do things differently.

How To Parent When Your Child Can’t Live At Home.

It’s a trial many parents find themselves in when their child ends up in residential treatment or juvenile detention. How do you continue to be a parent when your child lives somewhere other than home?

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Twice a week, I visit my son. Twice a week, I sign myself out on a lined piece of paper. Twice a week, I retrieve my belongings from a locked box as a staff member walks me to the door. Twice a week, the door swings shut behind me and as I cross the parking lot. Twice a week, my eyes well up. Twice a week, I turn the key in the ignition and catch my breath as the tears are too much to hold back.

Mike will be co-leading and teaching at back-to-back Road Trip: Colorado experiences, this October in the mountains of Colorado. Road Trip is an exclusive event designed by foster and adoptive dads, for foster and adoptive dads. To learn more, click here.

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Date: October 8, 2017—October 14, 2017
Event: Road Trip: Colorado
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Kristin will be speaking at the brand new Rejuvenate Retreat for foster and adoptive moms this October in Eastern Pennsylvania. To learn more about Rejuvenate, click here.

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Date: October 20, 2017—October 22, 2017
Event: Rejuvenate Retreat- Pennsylvania
Location: Quarryville, Pennsylvania
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

We are both excited to announce that we will be returning to Refresh Chicago as general session and breakout speakers, October 6-7, 2017. To learn more about this conference and organization, click here.

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Interested in bringing us to your event? Click here for info!

Date: October 6, 2017—October 7, 2017
Event: The Refresh Conference- Chicago
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

“I Didn’t Sign Up For This!”

The journey started off on a good note, only to come crashing down on you a few months later. When you find yourself whispering, “I didn’t sign up for this,” where do you go next?

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Let me begin this post by first saying, I know. I know, I know, I know, I know and I know! Sister, I’ve been there. Brother, I’ve walked in your shoes. No one told you about the way trauma rears its ugly head. No one told you about the real story behind his bed wetting, or her rage, or his impulsiveness. You jumped into this journey with two passionate feet and a heart to bring light into the darkness of a broken child’s life. And now, you’re exhausted and your kid is holding your entire family hostage.

How To Help Typically Developing Children Cope With Raising a Non-Typical Child.

One of the biggest issues adoptive parents face, is helping typically-developing children cope with the struggles and behaviors of non-typically developing children. But there is a way to find balance.

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When our first daughter was born, everything was just as it should be. She was full-term. Her birth-mom did not drink or smoke or use drugs. She took her pre-natal vitamins and ate a healthy diet. Our daughter was placed in our arms just minutes after birth. From the moment she entered the world, all was right. She developed appropriately. She walked and talked on time. She ate all the right foods and transitioned to a big girl bed with ease. We were absolutely certain there would never be a bump in the road with this child. We were convinced she would have smooth sailing as she developed and matured.