Thursday, September 8, 2011

Adoptive and Foster Parent Conference

The last five days we have been involved with an Adoptive and Foster Parent Conference at a center just outside of Kherson in Ukraine. There were about 50 families in attendance.

Our days started at eight am with breakfast and the workshops began at 9 am each day. There was a large selection of topics. Topics such as "My Home is a Happy Home", "Biblical Marriages", "Helping Your Child Grieve", "Communication", Wounded Children Healing Homes", "Conflict", "Identity", "Social Styles", "Change", "Healthy Sexuality in a Sexually stylized World", "Fear", "Behavior Management", "Honesty and Truth", "Talking With Others About Adoption", "My Family in 2021", plus lots of active discussion.

The classes for parents ended at 2 pm, just in time for lunch. The classes for the children ran from 6pm for an hour.

The evening programs started at 8pm and included skits, singing and other entertainment.

The interactions with these families was fabulous. For those of you who have adopted or fostered, you will understand many of the challenges these families face. What a blessing it was to be able to come together to learn, share and discuss.

Included are a few pictures of the parents and children 'at work'.

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