Breakout Sessions

TBRI Roadmap - Cindy Lee

Families work hard every day on behaviors, but what is the goal? This session talks about what healing looks like and the steps needed to get there. Prepare yourself for an in depth look at the “why” behind the sacrifices you make every day and what types of sacrifices you may have left to make. This session is grounded in truth and hope.

Open Adoption -  Stephanie Dulin and Molly Nash

A reflective, insightful and inspirational journey between a birth mom and adoptive mom. Learn all about how their open adoption has brought hope and healing and how they make their relationship work for the whole family. 

Racial Unity: Educating Your Family About Racial Injustices - Jeffrey and Rachel  Woodson

As adoptive families, we sometimes don’t look like our children. As interracial families, we must do hard work to guarantee that our children have a pride in their racial and cultural identities. 

In this workshop you will hear from Jeffrey who grew up in an all black family but was often the only black person in many spaces and the impact that has had. 

Jeffrey and his wife Rachel will discuss educating ourselves on the behalf of our children, creating difficult conversations with our family members who may not quite understand, and ways to build pride in your child.

Common Diagnosis and Medications - Stacy Dashiell, M.D.

Depression, anxiety, and ADHD: Breaking through stigma and fear to discover hope with an accurate diagnosis and a better understanding of the treatment options available for your child. 

Secondary Trauma - Stef Loveland

As mommas we are often the ones wanting to make sure we are taking care of everyone else  While this is a beautiful quality, another incredible way we can honor Jesus, is by taking care of ourselves. In this breakout we will discuss soul care and will define secondary trauma and identify its tangible impact in our lives. Practical advice for finding ways to find rest in the day-to-day will be presented.  Additionally, this session will dig deeper into the causes and effects of secondary trauma and what to do once you’ve discovered a need for greater self-care.

Marriage - Jeffery and Rachel Woodson

Marriage is tough with two people. When we start to add to our tribes it can become more of a balancing act. When we throw in trauma, attachment issues, and the emotional roller coaster of adopting and fostering, our marriage can sometimes be hit harder than we may expect. 

Jeffrey and Rachel have been married for 11 years and hope this session will speak encouragement to your marriage wherever you may be. 

As moms we often spend so much time taking care of our precious babies that we tend to forget the man who started this journey with us. Yes, our children need us and require much of us, but we must be careful not to become roommates with our husbands

Ethnic Hair - Ginette Friesen and Jeffrey Woodson

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Connecting Through Play - Cindy Lee

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The Power of Saying No - Bekah Behnke

 Join the discussion of giving more power to our yes through the power of saying no. As Christian women, we often feel the pressure to simply say yes. No has just as much power for the kingdom and our family as yes. There is freedom in no. There is healing in no. And saying no gives more power to all of our yeses.

Holy Yoga - Ali Ingle 

Helping Prepare Biological Kids for Foster Care - Abbie Mayberry and Emma Mayberry

As adults prepare to become foster parents, we have access to hours of training as well as books, blogs, and podcasts. Our children have fewer resources. In this session, we will give you some conversation starters and other tools to prepare your children to opening their lives to bonus kiddos. 

Helping Prepare Biological Kids for Foster Care - Abbie Mayberry and Emma Mayberry

As adults prepare to become foster parents, we have access to hours of training as well as books, blogs, and podcasts. Our children have fewer resources. In this session, we will give you some conversation starters and other tools to prepare your children to opening their lives to bonus kiddos. 

Helping Prepare Biological Kids for Foster Care - Abbie Mayberry and Emma Mayberry

As adults prepare to become foster parents, we have access to hours of training as well as books, blogs, and podcasts. Our children have fewer resources. In this session, we will give you some conversation starters and other tools to prepare your children to opening their lives to bonus kiddos. 

Helping Prepare Biological Kids for Foster Care - Abbie Mayberry and Emma Mayberry

As adults prepare to become foster parents, we have access to hours of training as well as books, blogs, and podcasts. Our children have fewer resources. In this session, we will give you some conversation starters and other tools to prepare your children to opening their lives to bonus kiddos. 

Flourishing in a Transracial Family: An Adult Adoptee's Perspective -  Ginette Friesen and Dolly Reiger 

Come learn from two Transracial Adult Adoptees' perspectives about what it is like growing up in an adoptive family. With topics like race, culture, identity, and family dynamics, this session will be helpful in implementing practical ideas and tips on how to raise foster and adopted kids with different backgrounds no matter what your journey has been. If you have rarely thought about these issues, or if you are always thinking about them, this session will be valuable in gaining insight into raising your kids with empathy and understanding. 

Advocating With Grace: Helping Your Child with Special Needs Flourish in the School Setting- Rene Haines, Peggy Caton, Amy Mangels

As parents we want to help our children flourish in school by achieving their highest capabilities. Having an open, honest relationship with your children's' school team is of utmost importance. During this session, an educational team consisting of a parent, SPED teacher, and SLP will share how we have worked together by building strong communication and trust for the best interest of the children we serve. We would love to answer your questions and ease your concerns about working together as a team to help your children flourish.

Practical Tools - Cindy Lee

Cindy shares the steps necessary to address a variety of survival behaviors such a sleep difficulties, lying, melt-downs, and transitions. We must be proactive in establishing connection and addressing past trauma hurts, but what do we do in the heat of the moment when we are face to face with survival behavior? Come and find out!

Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation - Natalie Palmer

1 in 4 children can sadly become victims of sexual abuse. That statistics can be changed with strategy and intention on the part of our parenting. Natalie Palmer, MSN, RN, will help educate you on how to talk to your kids about topics such as, the internet, my body, relationship with peers, and relationships with adults in age appropriate ways to help prevent them from becoming victimized. 

Creating a Relationship with the Biological Family through the Fostering Process - Rene Haines, Emily Dunavent, and Lindsey Hayes

 Learning how to navigate through creating relationships with biological family members. Becoming comfortable walking alongside them as an ally and not seeing them as the enemy. And maintaining a relationship with biological family once permanency has been established for the child(ten).

Is it Sensory or is it Behavior? - Heather Linscheid

 Sensory needs and behavioral issues are often heavily intertwined. We will review causes of behaviors, sensory needs, and ways to determine what is the root cause of the issue. We will also discuss strategies for each. Come join us for this interactive breakout session!

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Workshops

*Our hands-on Workshops are included in the price of the Retreat! 

Bible

Journaling

Bring your Bibles and your creativity and learn how to utilize your originality to dig into the Word of God in a unique way.

Ethnic Hair Care and Styling

This session will provide a walk-through of proper care for natural hair as well as teach some simple styles to try at home.

Sunday Morning Craft

Create a beautiful farmhouse wood sign to commemorate your weekend and remind you to find true rest in the Lord.

Essential 

Oils 101

Learn the various ways Essential Oils can be used to assist you with a variety of issues.

Holy

Yoga

Bringing together scripture and exercise, Holy Yoga will have you centering yourself and finding rest in a whole new way.

Self-Regulation

Toolkit

Make and take a toolkit for your children as they deal with anger, frustration, anxiety, and other big emotions.

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