REFRESH 2018

    Refresh is an annual conference for women designed to create community
    for those caring for the modern day orphan
    according to the heart of the Father.


    REFRESH 2018

    Refresh is an annual conference for women designed to create community
    for those caring for the modern day orphan
    according to the heart of the Father.


Registration for women is open! 

Click here to sign up

 & join us on January 12th & 13th for Refresh Conference 2018!





Randy Harling

Andrea Young

Pam Parish




Caring for the Sibling Dynamic

January 13, 2018
Speaker: Carlisle and Weldie kids

A strong concern in the minds of most potential foster & adoptive parents is the effect that this journey will have on their biological children. Come join in this conversation with four experienced bio-siblings who have grown up in the world of the modern day orphan. You will hear from the perspective of adult bio-siblings & those still in the home. Be prepared with any questions you may have. - Carlisle & Weldie siblings

Adoption 101

January 13, 2018
Speaker: Betsy Tanner

Are you in the deciding phase? What are the differences between foster to adopt, domestic, infant, and international adoption? What is a dossier and why do I need one? How can I figure out which type of orphan care is for my family? This breakout will lead you in a discussion that will answer the basics of fostering and adoption. Also, get some practical ideas about fundraising for your adoption.

Engaging The Church In Orphan Care

January 13, 2018
Speaker: Randy Harling

Beginning with the Senior Pastor, learn how plan a strategy to empower the church body to be a missional force in your community regarding the plight of vulnerable children.

Soul Care: Spiritual Refreshment in the Midst of the Storm

January 13, 2018
Speaker: Pam Parish

Nothing comes from an empty cup. Learn how to take care of your soul and REFRESH yourself in the Lord so that your cup doesn't run dry. In this session Pam Parish will encourage and equip you with practical tools and exercises that you can use even in the craziest of times.

Oil For Your Lamp: Staying Fueled For The Journey

January 13, 2018
Speaker: Tammy Carlise and Kaycee Rutledge

Join us as we examine five important areas to living a balanced life and keeping your lamp fueled as you care for others: • Rest/Sleep • Emotional health • Movement/activity • Nutrition/plants • Relationships/encouragement


Your Brain Is Plastic

January 13,2018
Speaker: Dr. Rhonda Littleton and Melissa Jacobs

Trust -Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is designed to meet the basic relationship and developmental needs of children and youth from "hard places," as well as the needs of the adults who seek to help them heal, learn and grow. We will look at the 3 sets of TBRI principles: connecting principles, empowering principles, and correcting principles, as well as discuss practical techniques for help.

Navigating Health Care, Foster Care and Adoption

January 13, 2018
Speaker: Parkside Pediatrics

Navigating the world of healthcare can seem like a huge mountain to climb. What questions should you ask before choosing a pediatrician? How do you obtain medical records and fill out paperwork? What do you ask DSS or your agency in order to inform your doctor? How do you obtain immunization records? What visits should your children be seen for? What is Medicaid? What about Tefra? Be prepared with any questions you may have!

Making Christ The Heart of Your Home: An Interactive Hands on Way to Bring Biblical Growth, Teaching and Healing to Your Kids and Your Own Heart

January 13, 2018
Speaker: Andrea Young

Parenting (especially kids from hard places) often leaves us feeling we are in a constant state of survival mode. What once breathed life in our souls and brought us here, now seems to collect dust and we can't imagine how we could sit at the feet of our Healer in peace let alone WITH our children. Join Andrea as she walks you through an entire year of bringing Christ to your home through the seasons and shares how this has brought hope and healing to both her heart and the hearts of her children. Leave with free downloads to apply and use your favorites with your family.

Mommy Panel

January 13, 2018
Speaker: Christy Irons, Carrie Knight & Corletta Brown

Every adoptive and foster mama has a different story to share. Join us as we interact with a panel of adoptive and foster mamas and learn how their journeys are different and what they share in common. Come with your questions ready!

Foster Care 101

January 13, 2018
Speaker: TBD

Are you considering becoming a foster mom? Have you just begun the process of becoming licensed? Come learn about what the process of becoming a foster parent looks like, and what you need to know as you start the journey.

Connected Independent Living

January 13, 2018
Speaker: Pam Parish

Connected Independent Living, The Importance of Coaching & Connection for Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care & Transitioning to Adulthood

IEPs, 504s and ADHD... Oh My!

January 13, 2018
Speaker: Traci Weldie

Sending our foster and adopted children to school can be an incredibly challenging experience for all of us! For many of our trauma-kiddos, discussions with teachers about learning differences (ADHD, processing disorders, and dyslexia to name just a few) can completely overwhelm us if we don't know what all these things mean. This breakout will focus on all the different types of learning differences and how the recognition and diagnosis of these differences lead to either an IEP or a 504 for your child. Traci Weldie, a Learning Specialist at Christ Church Episcopal School and a mom to two kiddos with learning differences, will lead you, step by step, on what to look for in your children, how to advocate for testing, how to prepare for an IEP meeting and what to bring to those meetings, and referrals for educational psychologists in the area who can help!

Interested in being a vendor at the Refresh Conference? 

Click below to register or email us at  refresh@ahomeforme.sc with any questions!


The cost of the Refresh Conference is $99. We offer an "early bird" discounted rate of $75 for those who register no later than October 31st. The cost for the conference includes all general sessions, breakouts, conference materials, child care Friday night (if needed), meals, and snacks.
A continental breakfast on Saturday along with a catered lunch and dinner are provided with the cost of the conference.
Friday evening, January 12th doors will open at 5:45 pm and the evening session starts at 6:30 pm. Saturday, January 13th doors will open at 8:00 am for breakfast and registration. The first session starts at 9:00 am.
Yes. During registration, you will be able to indicate your need for these credit hours. Certificates will be provided at the end of the conference on Saturday.
Children are welcome to attend on Friday evening. Child care is provided at no additional cost. Please register with the necessary details regarding your family by December 31st so the team can plan appropriately.
We have three main speakers as well as 12+ speakers for our breakout sessions. You can find their bios under “speakers” on our website.
This conference is designed for adoptive/fostering/waiting moms, for women thinking about adopting/fostering, and for women involved in these ministries at their church.
Unfortunately we will not be able to reimburse you after you register.
Yes. Hampton Inn Greenville/Simpsonville is located at 3934 Grandview Drive. It is 2.1 miles from the conference and less than 20 minutes to beautiful downtown Greenville.
We are excited to offer a group discount for groups of 10+ women who want to attend Refresh. Please email us at refresh@ahomeforme.sc for more information.



  • Katie Smith

    The Refresh Conference was exactly what this adoptive mom needed! I felt my burdens being lifted as I laughed, cried, and shared with other moms who were on their own journeys of adoption. The speakers were so encouraging and real! The breakout sessions were informative and relevant. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to attend this amazing event!

  • Heather Ward

    We were just months into our adoption when I heard about Refresh. I was so excited that the cost was so reasonable, and that it was right in Greenville! I knew if anything happened at home I was right there. I went and was truly refreshed to find other like-minded women who could really understand! The breakout sessions were perfect and so applicable to what we were going through. I knew a lot of thought and prayer had gone into planning this conference. I learned so much and met our counselor who now works with our family and our kids. I was so inspired that I volunteered to help for the following year. Thank you to all who put so much time and effort into Refresh 2015!

  • Corrie

    I came last year and it was so impacting for me. I am a foster mom here in Spartanburg, and unfortunately we dont have the same network of like-minded foster moms here that other communities like Greenville seems to have. That was for me the most precious thing about Refresh: it was two days with other moms who seemed to understand and share my experiences. Thats just not something I have!

  • Lolo

    Awesome Job Ladies! It was a lovely weekend. Rocking my awesome necklace and REFRESH t-shirt. Thank you for the great gifts.

  • Natalie

    Refresh was exactly what I needed as a new foster parent. The testimonials, breakouts, and connections I got to make with other women in the trenches were truly invaluable to me. I look forward to attending next year!