• WELCOME TO

    REFRESH 2017

    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.

    WELCOME TO

    REFRESH 2017

    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.


2016 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS







FEATURED SPEAKERS




Sandra Hogue

Angie Rylands

Jason Johnson



BREAKOUT SESSIONS

GET REGISTERED FOR YOUR BREAKOUT SESSIONS


  • SESSION 1
  • SESSION 2
  • SESSION 3
  • DATE WITH GOD

Caring for the Sibling Dynamic

January 14, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
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 14, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
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.

Managing the Madness

January 14, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Speaker: Sandra Hogue

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.

ReFraming Our Struggle: Finding the Strength We Need Through God’s Promises Towards Us

January 14, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Speaker: Jason Johnson

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.

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

January 14, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
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!

 

The Power of Connection is a Life Long Journey

January 14, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Speaker: Dr. Rhonda Littleton, Founder of A Home For Me

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.  

Asking for Help as a Sign of Strength

January 14, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Speaker: Angie Rylands

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.

ReFraming Our Struggle: Finding the Strength We Need Through God’s Promises Towards Us

January 14, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Speaker: Jason Johnson

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.

Parenting Traumatized Teens

January 14, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Speaker: Angie Rylands

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.

Parenting is HEARTwork: “5 Keys to Strengthen Your Heart as a Parent.”

January 14, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Speaker: Sandra Hogue

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 Healthcare, Foster Care, and Adoption

January 14, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
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!

Single Parent Foster Families: Everyone Has a Part to Play

January 14, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Speaker: Mandie Joy & Chalice

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.

Date With God

January 14, 2017
Speaker: Date With God

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.

Interested in being a vendor at the Refresh Conference? 

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





FAQ'S




Saturday morning will be a continental breakfast of bagels, fruit and juice. Saturday lunch will be soup and salad and pasta will be served for dinner.
Friday evening, January 13th doors will open at 6:15 pm and the evening session starts at 7:00. Saturday, January 14th doors will open at 8:00 am for breakfast and registration. The first session starts at 9:00 am.
Children are welcome to attend on Friday evening. Child care is provided at no additional cost. Please just register with the necessary details regarding your family by Friday, December 30th so the team can plan appropriately.
We have three main speakers as well as 8+ speakers for our breakout sessions. You can find their bios under “speakers” on our website.
This conference is designed for adoptive, fostering, and waiting moms as well as women thinking about adoption or foster care.
Unfortunately we will not be able to reimburse you after you register.
Yes. Hampton Inn Greenville/Travelers Rest located at 592 Roe Center Ct., Travelers Rest, SC 29690. Travelers Rest is a short drive to the church (10-15 minutes) and less than 20 minutes to beautiful downtown Greenville.


TESTIMONIALS

SEE WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT REFRESH



  • 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!