Every year, Chosen for Life Ministries holds our Choosing to Care Conference - an Adoption, Foster, and Orphan Care Conference - in the Athens-Clarke/Oconee County area. Its purpose is to provide information to potential and current adoptive or foster families, as well as be a resource for local orphan care information. The conference includes:

  • small group breakout sessions led by experts in their fields

  • a discussion panel led by adult adoptees and adults from foster care

  • time to network with other families with similar interests

  • continuing education credits for foster parents

  • free childcare for attendees

  • a special message from a keynote speaker

We hope to see you at our next Choosing to Care Conference!


PAST CONFERENCES

2018 Choosing to care Conference

Our 2018 Choosing to Care Conference was held on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at Watkinsville First Baptist Church!

Keynote Speaker:
Pam Parish
pamparish.com

Breakout sessions included:

  • Adoption 101 (International and Domestic)

  • Adoption: A Birthparent's View

  • Breaking the Mold - Adoptees & Identity Layers

  • Creating Lifebooks for Adopted Children: Keeping Children Connected to their Stories

  • Discipline for Children from Trauma: Responding to Challenging Behaviors

  • Foster Care 101

  • Navigating the Courtroom

  • Opting Out of the Drama Cycle

  • Orphan Care and the Mission of the Church

  • Partnership Parenting with Compassion: Understanding the Families Foster Children Come From

  • Plot Twists: Redeeming Infertility and Delayed Dreams

  • Protecting Your Family from and Preparing for Abuse Allegations: The Aches and Pains of Following the Call to Foster

  • Secrets to Sustainability, Loving for the Long Haul

  • Special Needs Adoption & the Gospel

  • Transracial Adoption - It's a big deal (but not really!)

  • Working with DFCS: The Journey Through Foster Care

2017 Choosing to care Conference

Our 2017 Choosing to Care Conference was held on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at Watkinsville First Baptist Church! 

Keynote Speaker: 
Jason Johnson
Jason Johnson Blog

 

Breakout sessions included:

  • Adoption 101 (International and Domestic)

  • Foster Care 101

  • Man to Man: Understanding Our Call to Lead

  • One Family's Perspectives on Multi-Generational Adoption

  • Refreshed: Finding Strength to Carry On

  • Caring Well for Adoptive and Foster Families in Your Community

  • Life-Giving Speech

  • Four Relational Germs: Risk Factors that Lead to Marital Distress

  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention Therapy (TBRI)

  • General Orphan Care

 

2016 CHOOSING TO CARE CONFERENCE
Our 5th Annual Adoption and Orphan Care Conference was held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Watkinsville First Baptist Church.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Susan Hillis
Hope at Home

Panel:
Foster Care

Breakout sessions included:

  • Trust Based Relational Intervention / Parent Training

  • Practical Discussion with an Adult Adoptee

  • Man to Man

  • International and Domestic Adoption

  • Foster Care Partnership Parenting with Birth Parents

  • Foster Care from a Courtroom Perspective

  • Parenting with Biblical Insight

  • Stories of Redemption, International Orphan Care, and the Impact of the Church

  • Creating Life Books for Adopted Children


2015 CHOOSING TO CARE CONFERENCEOur 4th Annual Adoption and Orphan Care Conference was held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Watkinsville First Baptist Church. 

Keynote Speaker: 
David Wooten
Georgia State Director, Lifeline Children’s Services

Panel:
Adult Adoptees

Breakout Sessions:

  • Post Adoption Counseling

  • Orphan Care / Foster Care

  • Bringing Understanding and New Hope to Adoptive Parents

  • Man to Man

  • International Adoption

  • Domestic Adoption

  • Financially Supporting Adoption

  • Entering into Suffering


2013 CHOOSING TO CARE CONFERENCE

Our 3rd Annual Adoption and Orphan Care Conference was held on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 at Watkinsville First Baptist Church. 

Keynote Speaker: 
Vermon Pierre
Pastor, Author of Gospel Shaped Living, Board Member of The Gospel Coalition

Panel:
General Adoption Questions

Breakout Sessions:

  • Post Adoption: I’ve adopted, now what?

  • Man-to-Man: Discussion with Fathers

  • Financially Supporting Adoption

  • Orphan Care

  • Domestic Adoption

  • International Adoption

  • Foster Care

  • New Hope: Teaching Your Child about their True “Inheritance”

  • Panel Discussion: Tough Issues About Adoption


2012 CHOOSING TO CARE CONFERENCE

Our 2nd Annual Adoption and Orphan Care Conference was held on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. 

Keynote Speaker: 
Dan Cruver
President and co-founder, Together for Adoption

Panel:
General Adoption Questions

Breakout Sessions:

  • Domestic Adoption

  • International Adoption

  • Roadblocks, Red Flags, and Restoration

  • Adopting from Foster Care

  • Adoption & Infertility


2011 CHOOSING TO CARE CONFERENCE

Our 1st Annual Adoption and Orphan Care Conference was held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. 

Keynote Speaker: 
Don Aldin
Pastor and Adoptive Parent

Panel:
Adoption experiences, resources about the adoption process, mentoring from families who have personally adopted