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!


2018 Choosing to care Conference

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

Registration is open and can be completed by clicking this link.

Breakout session lists are soon to come!

Keynote Speaker:
Pam Parish


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


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

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

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


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

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