Show Hope was honored to host the spring Empowered to Connect conference on April 8-9 in Denver, Colorado. The conference again featured Dr. Karyn Purvis, a renowned child-development researcher, speaker and author of The Connected Child, along with Michael and Amy Monroe, who are adoption ministry leaders from Irving Bible Church in Dallas. In addition, founding board members of Show Hope, Dan and Terri Coley shared from their hearts about their own experiences as foster and adoptive parents.
As we continue to receive wonderful feedback regarding the event, we are convinced more than ever how important it is to provide this valuable information and teaching to all those who care for these precious children. I read a comment on a blog post today about the event that stated, “[The Empowered to Connect conference] was so amazing and I’m so thankful that we were able to go! Our house has already changed for the better, and it’s only been two days since [the conference]. Wow, I can’t wait to see where we are in three months. I highly recommend this conference and I think every parent should go twice, both pre and post adoption.” This post made my day as it succinctly highlights one important aspect of the conference for which we pray—that families would not only feel encouraged and equipped when they leave, but that they would begin to see an impact and change at home.
We were delighted to have about 450 families, professionals, and church ministry advocates in attendance from all across the U.S. and there was even a strong showing of participants from Canada. I think that officially makes it an international conference! In addition, professionals who attended were eligible to receive 10 CEC hours for attending both days, and many foster or pre-adoptive parents were able to receive training credits for their participation.
As with any large event there are many who help make it possible. We are grateful to Mission Hills Church in Littleton who gladly provided the venue space for the conference. The church staff went above and beyond in helping our team prepare and in creating an inviting, comfortable environment for all. We are also indebted to the wonderful volunteers who came to serve alongside our staff, and their hard work is greatly appreciated. Lastly, we are blessed by the ministries and the staff of Project 1:27 and Focus on the Family for promoting the event and to Focus on the Family for the gracious financial resources provided.
As promised, you can download the handouts containing the text of Dr. Purvis’ conference slides here.
We look forward to the next ETC conference in Nashville on September 23 & 24th at Brentwood Baptist Church. Be sure to register here for the Early-bird rate and a special offer, again by Focus on the Family, which provides ½ off the registration fee for a limited time when you use the discount code: FOCUS. We hope to see you in Music City this September!