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The Empowered to Connect (ETC) Conference is a two-day conference for pre or post-adoptive or foster families and professionals that is designed to help them better understand how to connect with children from hard places in order to help them heal and become all that God intended for them to be. This conference is IDEAL for pastors, children's ministry leaders, educators, social workers and parents!


Day1 – Friday - April 7th, 2017

10:00 to 10:30 am: Welcome, Introductions & Overview

10:30 to 11:30 am: Hope & Help for the Journey  

11:30 to 11:45 am: Break

11:45 am to 1:00 pm: Understanding a Child’s History and Its Impacts  

1:00 to 2:30 pm: Lunch Break

2:30 to 3:45 pm: Adoption from the Inside Out: The Role of Parent History and Expectations in Connecting  

3:45 to 4:00 pm: Break

4:00 to 4:45 pm: Our Journey of Hope: The Coley’s Adoption Story  

4:45 to 5:45 pm: The Attachment Dance 

5:45 to 6:00 pm: Q&A 


Day 2 – Saturday - April 8th, 2017

10:00 to 10:15 am: Welcome

10:15 to 11:30 am: Empowering Our Kids to Succeed: Understanding Sensory Processing and the Neurochemistry of Fear  

11:30 to 11:45 am: Break

11:45 am to 12:45 pm: Helping Adoptive and Foster Families Find the Education, Support and Help They Need  12:45 to 2:15 pm: Lunch Break

2:15 to 3:45 pm: Foundations for Behavioral Change  

3:45 to 4:00 pm: Break

4:00 to 5:30 pm: Strategies for Behavioral Change 

5:30 to 6:00 pm: Resources and Next Steps