Foster and adoptive parent retreat equips and strengthens

Saline and Perry county foster and adoptive family retreat group with Matthew Frederick

“This weekend was fabulous! It was a great way to connect with other parents that share our experiences. The speakers and [continuing education] were needed and full of good information. The connections and networking with other parents was a great boost and much needed and a great encouragement!”

“We found our people! We appreciate all the work that went into it. Thank you! The speakers were great. The time away was great, and we loved getting to know everyone better. But do we have to wait a year?! LOL”
In September, the foster and adoptive parents in Saline County met at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center for a weekend to relax, receive continuing education, and build relationships with other foster and adoptive parents.

The retreat was planned in response to the need for foster/adoptive parents to connect with other parents with the same unique parenting challenges. Speakers were chosen to address some of these challenges, including practical tips for raising kids from all backgrounds and finding the new ‘normal’ for our families after welcoming a new child.

Plenty of free time was scheduled to hike, canoe, play board games, connect with others, or snooze in a hammock. Saturday’s free time was kicked off with a picnic lunch that could be taken anywhere on the beautiful grounds of Ferncliff. One single foster parent brought her grown daughter (and support person) and they also enjoyed time reconnecting.

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