Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fall Orphan Care/Adoption Events

With our upcoming move, I won't be in the Bluegrass State much longer.  However, I'm so encouraged by all the work that is being done in Kentucky on behalf of and raising awareness for the fatherless.  Normally, I'd try to give a blog blast about each of these events as they approached, but not knowing what the next few weeks hold, I wanted to be sure you were able to get these events on your calendars.   Also, note a few other events at the bottom that aren't Kentucky specific, but from personal experience, I HIGHLY recommend!!!


Monthly - Southland Christian Church Adoptive Families Care Group
This group meets to discuss issues unique to adoptive families and those waiting in or considering the process of adoption.  Foster Care, Domestic, and International adoptions are all represented.  This group is a great source of encouragement and support for all families.  Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6:30 - 8 p.m., in Building E, Room 109.

September 6th – FREE Pastors Lunch for Wait No More – Speaker Bob Russell
Adventure Christian Church  - Louisville - 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
More than 1,800 children and youth are waiting in Kentucky foster care for permanent families.  Learn how the church can make the difference for these kids.  Register HERE!

September 8th - FREE America World "Adopted By Design" Seminar 
London First Baptist Church, 804 West 5th Street, London, KY 40741
Whether you are just beginning to consider adoption or have decided to adopt, this seminar will be of value to you. An overview of what God's Word says about adoption will be presented as well as information about the international adoption process and the programs America World offers.
Register HERE!

September 15th – FREE Orphan Care Seminar – Southeast Christian Church
Learn about foster care, domestic & international adoption, and orphan care opportunities. 
Main & Breakout Sessions led by experts in the field and adoptive families.  Register HERE!
October 4th & 5th – Together for Adoption Pastor’s Conference – Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
An event for pastors, pastor's wives, seminary students, those involved in church orphan care ministries, non-profit leaders, and those in the beginning stages of launching orphan care ministries.
Learn More & Register HERE!

October 4th – FREE Pastors Lunch for Wait No More - Speaker Dr. Russell Moore
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - 11:30 - 1:00 p.m.
More than 1,800 children and youth are waiting in Kentucky foster care for permanent families. Learn how the church can make the difference for these kids.  Register HERE!

October 20thWait No More with Focus on the Family – Northeast Christian Church
Over 1,800 kids are in Kentucky foster care are waiting for adoptive families.  Join Focus on the Family, Kentucky’s Health and Family Services as well as church and adoption leaders from around Kentucky to hear more about the kids who are waiting, the process of adoption from foster care and ways to support adoptive families. In addition, agency and county representatives will be on site to answer questions and help you get started. Register HERE!

November 3rd – Orphan Care Seminar – Highview Baptist Church (Fegenbush Campus) - Louisville 
The schedule/registration is not yet posted, so keep watch on the Orphan Care Alliance website for details. 


September 14th- 15th - Empowered to Connect - Nashville, TN
Sponsored by Show Hope and led by Dr. Karyn Purvis (Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development) together with Michael & Amy Monroe (Leaders of Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Ministry), this two-day conference is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, therapists and others involved in adoption and foster care ministries or services. It is designed to help them better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be. Learn more and register HERE!

September 14th- 15th - Together for Adoption National Conference - Atlanta, GA
Theme: God's Story of Adoption for a Broken World
Speakers: Reddit Andrews, Leonce Crump, Noel Piper, Tony Carter, Tony Merida, & Dan Cruver
Worship Leaders: Shaun Groves and Kaleb Scharmahorn
Learn more and register HERE!

November 4th – Orphan Sunday – Christian Alliance for Orphans
Visit for all the details about Orphan Sunday!  You'll find tons of resources, videos, and great ideas.  Plan an event with your church, small group, family, etc. or attend one taking place close by.  (***For my KY friends, there are already two events scheduled in KY but keep tabs on the map as I know of others being planned that haven't been listed yet.) 
What did I miss?  Leave a note in the comments of any other adoption/orphan care events you are aware of taking place this fall.  

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