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In March 2013, one of our

team members attended a

conference for adoptive and

foster moms in Atlanta, Georgia. 

It was at that conference that God

placed the idea to bring a similar,

smaller gathering to the midwest. 

Quickly, God brought like-minded

friends who felt the same calling

together, and the Joy in the Journey

ministry was born.


Once established, planning for the inaugural retreat began and shortly thereafter, in February 2014, the very first Joy in the Journey Retreat took place.  Since that time, the Joy in the Journey Ministry has been blessed to fulfill the mission of connecting, educating, and encouraging adoptive and foster moms through both our online platforms and the annual retreat.  Since 2014, the Joy in the Journey Retreat has evolved from 60 attendees in a remote retreat center in southwest Missouri to 300 attendees in a hotel and conference center in Kansas City.  Retreat attendees come from all across the United States (and Canada) to experience the love of Jesus and the connections made with like-minded foster and adoptive moms.


Through all of these changes, the team has aspired to stay true to the mission of the ministry as well as to be sensitive to the calling of the Holy Spirit.  Joy in the Journey belongs to the Lord and we are blessed to be His hands and feet by serving adoptive and foster moms through the joys and challenges of motherhood.  As a team, we are committed to continuing our work within the foster and adoptive community. We are dedicated and excited to see where God leads within the foundation of our mission statement. Thank you for being a huge part of our vision!


Our History

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