Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Adoption Family Retreat

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 Adoption Family Retreat at 

Silver Birch Ranch, White Lake, WI

March 11-13, 2016

The Adoption Family Retreat is a time to encourage and strengthen your family in many ways. Hear excellent Biblical teaching from speakers who share your life situation. Enjoy networking with other families, and receive counsel and advice from professionals in the field. Horseback riding, ziplines, the climbing wall, tubing hills, broomball, cross-country ski trails, and a warm fireplace are a sampling of some of the activities you can enjoy with your family. This weekend is suited for families who have adopted, are in the process of adopting, or who are investigating adoption. Come join us as we encourage each other.

For more information and to register click HERE.

Retreat Speaker - Russ Couwenhoven

Russ Couwenhoven Russ an Ann Couwenhoven are parents to 12 children (2 foster, 5 adopted and 5 biological). They reside in Minneapolis where Russ is a Conference Superintendent for the Evangelical Church and Ann is a stay at home mom. They have been in pastoral ministry for 25 years serving churches in Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota. God called them to adopt 17 years ago and still is placing youth in their home through foster care. Life in the Couwenhoven home is joyful, unpredictable, humorous, overwhelming and yet satisfying beyond human understanding. Russ grew up attending Silver Birch Ranch and is honored to be invited back to the place where God first grabbed hold of his heart. (Click here to view a family photo.)

Retreat Partner - Bethany Christian Services

Bethany Christian Services We are excited to partner with Bethany Christian Services. They are sending Michelle Scott – Grant a Post Adoption Therapist and Jenny Schmeichel to not only lead seminars but they are making themselves available throughout the weekend to meet, encourage and answer your questions. See below for a brief bio on Michelle and Jenny along with seminar descriptions. 
Michelle Scott is a WI Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She deeply believes and enjoys partnering with families as they create strong healthy relationships. She has received training in Family Systems Theory, Solution Focused Therapy, TBRI and more. For 15+ years much of her career focused on permanency, either through reunification or adoption. Michelle has expertise with trauma, grief/loss, high-risk youth, child and adolescent behaviors, parenting, family conflict and adoption/foster care.
Jenny Schmeichel has earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She currently supervises the International and Infant Domestic Adoption programs for Bethany in Wisconsin. She possesses a wide range of training and experience in adoption related challenges, providing education and support to adoptive families and other professionals. 

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