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.
Sandra Hogue is married to Steve and they live in Ormond Beach, FL. Because of infertility, they opened their home to foster children. They have fostered 18 children over the years and have adopted 8 and fostering 2. They are active in their community’s foster care system and oversee the orphan care ministry at their local church. As full time, appointed US Missionaries, they are empowering and equipping the Church to be the solution to the foster care crisis. Sandra is a homeschool mom and travels with her family, declaring the biblical mandate of James 1:27- to care for orphans. You can learn more about their missions work, follow their travels and meet their kids at TheChurchIsTheSolution.com.
Angie Rylands received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Liberty University in her hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia. Between 2011 and 2013, she and her husband Tom adopted four sons from China, which was an experience that helped inspire her eventual employment with the team at Lifeline Children’s Services.
She served there as the South Carolina State Director until her husband’s death in 2015. Tom passed away suddenly from cancer which had a profound effect on the family. These experiences led her to share her biographical journey, Abundantly More, in which readers will find inspiration and encouragement to form a deeper trust in God, and reminders that He has great plans for us all, even when the unexpected happens.
Angie now homeschools their five sons full-time and serves as a consultant and public speaker for local foster and adoption ministries around the country. She also blogs over at angierylands.com.
After growing up in a ministry home in Dallas, Texas, Jason attended Texas A&M University. After graduating in 2002, he began pastoral ministry studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2008, alongside a core team of people in North Houston, Jason had the privilege of planting and leading a church with the Acts29 Network(http://acts29network.org) through which they founded The Orphan Care Network (http://www.orphancarenetwork.org), a non-profit committed to serving, supporting and equipping foster and adoptive families.
In 2013, Jason began working for an organization helping church leaders implement structures and strategies of orphan care ministry within their churches and developing resources to encourage and support foster and adoptive parents along their journeys. This ultimately led him to his current role as the Director of Church Ministry Initiatives with Christian Alliance for Orphans (http://www.cafo.org). He speaks and teaches at churches, conferences, forums and workshops on church-based ministry strategies and best practices as well as encouraging families that are in the trenches and those that are considering getting involved. Much of his time is also spent coaching and consulting with church leadership teams from around the country on how to start, lead and grow orphan care ministries within their church.
Jason is the author of ALL IN Orphan Care (http://www.allinorphancare.com) and The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care (http://www.allinorphancare.com) and blogs regularly at www.jasonjohnsonblog.com.
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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
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.
Is it possible to stay sane and organized when you live in a hurricane of humanity? Learn from a mom of a large family tips on how to manage the madness as you keep your eyes on what's most important.
Foster care is spiritual warfare, fought with no more powerful of a weapon than the truth of the Word of God. It is imperative that everything about foster care - all the unique experiences, emotions and situations you find yourself walking through during this journey - are filtered through the lens of scripture. It provides context, purpose and meaning to it all and is ultimately the means by which you can be sustained, encouraged and motivated to continue on in a healthy way. This breakout is designed to do just that.
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!
Kids who come from hard places need connection, empowering and correcting. This workshop will explain the importance of brain development and give some tools and resources to help you begin or continue the journey of connecting with your child. This breakout is hosted by Dr. Rhonda Littleton who founded A Home For Me at First Baptist Simpsonville Church in Simpsonville, SC.
As we walk the hard road of trauma parenting, it can be overwhelming to articulate what we need, never mind knowing how to get that support. Angie will share constructive ways to seek relational support from family and friends in a way that truly helps, rather than harms. Q & A time to follow.
As the single parent of 5 "teen" boys, Angie shares from her vast pool of experiences with humor and deep sincerity. Come sit in solidarity as she shares mistakes made, lessons learned and encouragement from a place of true understanding. Q & A time to follow.
Successful parenting takes a heart focused on God's Word. This session teaches 5 important principles for being the godly leaders of your home God has called you to be.
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!
We are so exited to have Mandie Joy and Chalice back! Mandie Joy and Chalice are two single women who have chosen to follow the call to care for the fatherless. Come listen as they share the joys and the challenges of being adoptive and foster moms in South Carolina and what God has been teaching them.
The Date with God is really about inviting the presence of the Lord into your adoption and foster care story. This is a time set aside to simply BE: be still, be prayerful, be quiet. Lights will be dimmed and soft worship music playing the entire time. You will have the opportunity to rotate between several stations that will encourage you to fellowship with our Abba Father. During a Date With God you will be able to paint, pray over specific prayer requests, pray over the nations, journal, read the Bible, or simply be still. You will want to find time in your day at Refresh to have this Date With God.
This will be offered during all 3 breakout sessions.