On Thursday and Friday April 10th and 11th the 5th annual Journey of Adoption & Foster Care conference will take place at College Heights Community Center at 1927 S. Walnut in Casper, WY and will run from 10-6 each day.

This conference is hosted by the Wyoming Adoption & Foster Care Alliance. This year they bring the Empowered to Connect Simulcast to Wyoming. This is a two-day conference designed to help adoptive and foster care parents, ministry leaders, churches, and professionals better understand how to connect with "children from hard places" in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.

The conference features Dr. Karyn Purvis along with other speakers and experts, and is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption and foster care and those serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, therapists, and others.

The conference schedule follows,

Day 1 – Friday
10 – 10:30 am Welcome, Introductions & Overview
10:30-11:30 am Hope & Help for the Journey
11:30-11:45 am Break
11:45 – 1:00 pm Understanding a Child’s History and Its Impacts
1:00 – 2:30 pm Lunch Break - Stay for lunch to hear adoption & foster care testimonies and panel
2:30- 2:45 pm The Attachment Dance
3:45 – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 – 4:45 pm Our Journey of Hope: The Coley’s Adoption Story
4:45 – 5:45 pm Developing Healing Connections
5:45 – 6:00 pm Closing Remarks

Day 2 – Saturday
10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome
10:15 – 11:30 am Empowering Our Kids to Succeed: Understanding Sensory Processing and the Neurochemistry of Fear
11:30 – 11:45 am Break
11:45 am – 1:00 pm Parenting From a Hard Place
1:00 – 2:30 pm Lunch Break - Stay for lunch to hear adoption and foster care testimonies and panel
2:30 – 4:00 pm Behavioral Crunches: How to Correct while Connecting in the Crunchtimes
4:00 – 4:15 pm Break
4:15 – 5:45 pm Behavioral Change: Putting It All Together
5:45 – 6:00 pm Closing Remarks

More information and registration is available to you HERE.