Sunday, December 28, 2014

Help Fuel Effective Orphan Care

God's people are R I S I N G 
to be family to the orphan.

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100% of donations go directly to fuel effective orphan care.     
All overhead is covered by sponsors, so your gifts go straight to impact: Orphan Sunday, Global Movements, Summit, Applied Research & Best Practice, National Foster Care Initiative and more. 
Just as important, in-kind donations and hundreds of dedicated volunteers in every state and 
around the world give even small gifts huge effects!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Safe Families Volunteer Training Day

Volunteer Training Day 
January 24, 2015
The Village Presbyterian Church, Northbrook, IL: Saturday, January 24, 2015
The FREE, live Comprehensive Training Session includes everything you need to become a certified Safe Family Volunteer-all in one place. 
  • Start or submit your application
  • Get fingerprints taken for the background check
  • Complete your training hours
  • Meet like-minded families who will support you

The training will be in two parts.  The first two hours will be for all volunteers.  The second two hours will be for Host Families.  So, anyone interested in being a Family Friend only needs to stay for the first two hours.  Host Families need to stay for the whole training.

Doors open at 8:30 AM . Training session begins at 9:00 AM sharp.
A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 
Free Parking is available.  The training will be held in the Fellowship Hall.

The training session will be presented by Dr. Dave Anderson and Joyce Moffitt. Dave is the Founder of Safe Families and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. Joyce is the Area Coordinator for Lake County and a Master Trainer for DCFS.  

If you have further questions please contact Sarah Mohr, 773-653-2222, or 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Empowered to Connect Training at Willow Creek

Parent to Parent Training
for Adoptive / Foster/SAFE families in TBRI®

Jan 22, 29,
Feb 5, 12, 19, 26,
Mar 5, 12, 19
Room B105

Based on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleagues at the TCU Institute of Child Development (

Equipping Families to Connect While Correcting

Empowers parents with tools and strategies
·          Meet the needs and development of your child
·          Help build a trusting strong relationship with your child
·          Help your child heal and grow
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TBRI is a family-based intervention that is designed for children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalization, multiple foster placements, maltreatment, and/or neglect.
Risk Factors for Children from hard places:
·          Prenatal stress, exposure, or harm
·          Difficult labor or birth
·          Early medical trauma
·          Abuse
·          Neglect
·          Trauma

Learn how to effectively and consistently employ a balanced parenting approach that allows you to provide compassionate discipline that connects with your child’s heart and corrects inappropriate behaviors

ETC Parent training is offered by Steve and Cheryl Pickett for families in the Chicagoland area. For more information about the training visit or contact trainers at  List of required resource books and materials available upon request. Childcare not provided.   

Registration deadline is Jan 8, 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Parent Support Group


WHO: Adoptive parents of international, domestic, or foster care adoptees
WHEN: Third Wednesday of each month, starting on January 21, 2015
WHERE: Holt-Sunny Ridge Children's Services
270 Remington Blvd., Suite C
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 

Do you find yourself struggling to connect with your child? Are you saying, "no" more than you are saying, "yes?" This group will focus on maintaining TBRI ® skills learned at our workshops, but is open to any parent even if they haven't yet attended the TBRI ® workshops.  

Parenting is tough no matter what, but when you are a parent to a child who comes from a difficult background, you can feel completely alone and helpless. Learning from and getting support from a professional as well as your peers can be extremely comforting.  

This group will be led by Pam Shepard, LCSW, Supervisor of Post Adoption Services. Pam has been trained in TBRI ® and will provide parents with techniques and strategies that are trust based and built on connection.   

The cost is $20 per person and we will meet once a month on the third Wednesday of each month at our Bolingbrook office.  
This group starts on January 21st, 2015 from 6:30PM to 8:00PM.

For questions, please contact Pam Shepard at or 630-754-4522. 

IL license # 529708

Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Discussion: Becoming Home by Jedd Medfind

The Vulnerable Children’s Ministry
Invites you to take part in a Book Discussion…
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Willow Creek Community Church
67 E. Algonquin Road, So. Barrington, IL

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Join us as we discuss Jedd Medefind’s
(President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans) book,
Becoming Home: Adoption, Foster Care and Mentoring—Living out God’s Heart for the Orphan.

This fascinating book will give you specific steps on how to show God’s heart for the orphan through adoption, foster care and orphan care
both locally and globally so that you can help make a difference!  

With only 87 pages, it is a quick read, packed with the most current information and ideas.
It includes additional wisdom from Francis Chan, Jim Daly, David Platt and more. 

6:00 Dinner together (Atrium, near the Lakeside Lobby)
7:00 Worship Service (Lakeside Auditorium)
7:30 Book Discussion (Room TBD)

Registration encouraged 

Childcare available for ages infant through grade 5 at Midweek for Kids.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Empowered to Connect Conference: Southern California


Show Hope is partnering with Empowered to Connect to present the Empowered to Connect Conference in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

This two-day conference will feature researchers from Texas Christian University and experts in the field of research-based interventions for children from hard places. It will be an invaluable experience for professionals & families alike who seek to provide hope and healing to children who have been adopted or are fostered. This is also a great opportunity for families who are considering adopting or fostering.

Santa Ana, CA – February 13th and 14th, 2015
Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa

Cost: Early-bird registration is $45/individual OR $60/married-couple (Early-bird pricing is available through DEC 12).

*Special offer: All registrations will be an additional ½ off for a limited number of seats, thanks to a generous donation from Focus on the Family. Use the promotional code: FOCUS when registering online.

Register online today at so you don’t miss this great opportunity!

We have been blown away by the positive comments of previous conference attendees. Watch this video to learn more about what to expect:

Continuing Education Credits: The 2015 Empowered to Connect conferences will be approved by the National Association of Social Workers for Social Work continuing education contact hours. More info here.

Parent Training certificates will be available each day as well. Attendance certificates are provided at the end of each day for parents.
If you have any questions, please email