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Adoption Family Retreat

  • Silver Birch Ranch N6120 Sawyer Lake Road White Lake, WI, 54491 United States (map)

The Adoption Family Retreat is a time to encourage and strengthen your family in many ways. Hear excellent Biblical teaching from speakers who share your life situation. Enjoy networking with other families, and receive counsel and advice from professionals in the field. Horseback riding, ziplines, the climbing wall, tubing hills, broomball, cross-country ski trails, and a warm fireplace are a sampling of some of the activities you can enjoy with your family. This weekend is suited for families who have adopted, are in the process of adopting, or who are investigating adoption. Come join us as we encourage each other.

2019 Retreat Speaker - Jeff Pittman

Jeff is currently the Executive Pastor of Ministries at Spring Lake Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Prior to joining Spring Lake, he served at The Chapel in Northern Chicagoland as a High School Pastor and Campus Pastor.  Over the past eight years, the Pittman's have welcomed a dozen safe family kids into their home and been foster parents in Illinois and Wisconsin. Jeff and his wife, Resa, are proud parents of four girls. The youngest two were adopted through the foster care system. Jeff is excited connect with other families, to share their journey to serve vulnerable children, and seek God’s presence during the adoption family retreat!

We are excited to partner with Bethany Christian Services. They are sending Kim Werth an International Adoption Specialist and Jenny Schmeichel to meet, encourage, and answer your questions. See below for a brief bio on Kim and Jenny along with seminar descriptions. 

Kim Werth has earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work and currently is the International Adoption Specialist with Bethany Christian Services. Kim is an adoptee and adoptive mother and has a passion for serving in the adoption system. She looks forward to talking with you throughout the weekend.

Jenny Schmeichel has earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She currently supervises the International and Infant Domestic Adoption programs for Bethany in Wisconsin. She possesses a wide range of training and experience in adoption related challenges, providing education and support to adoptive families and other professionals.


Retreat Partner - Bethany Christian Services & Catholic Charities

Retreat Youth Program - Pete and Jocelyn Sutton

We are very excited to have Pete and Jocelyn return to lead the child and youth care program. Pete is the Junior High Youth Pastor at The Compass Church in Naperville IL. Jocelyn is currently being trained through Empowered To Connect and they both truly believe in the adoption and foster care system. They have been foster parents for nine years and have adopted three children. Your children will be in good hands while you are encouraged with Biblical teaching.

Tentative Schedule

5:00-7:00 pm - Check-In
5:30 pm - Dinner
6:30 pm - Chapel
6:50 pm - Child care and youth programs
8:00-10:00 pm - Canteen, Coffee Bar, tube hills, broomball, & free time

8:00 am - Breakfast
9:00 am - Chapel/Seminar Part 1
9:20 am - Child care and youth programs
10:30-12:00 pm - Free time options
12:00 pm - Lunch
4:00-5:00 pm - Seminar Part 2 (Childcare provided)
5:00 pm - Dinner
6:00 pm - Chapel
6:20 pm - Child care and youth programs
7:30-10:00 pm - Canteen, Coffee Bar, tube hills, broomball, & free time

8:30 am - Brunch
9:30 am - Chapel
9:50 am - Child care and youth programs
10:30 am - Fellowship, pack & depart

Retreat Fees: Coming Soon!

Option One – Per Person Fee
Adults ­ $100
13­-17 y/o ­ $75
6-12 y/o ­ $60
4­-5 y/o ­ $50
0­-3 y/o – Free

Option Two – Per Family Fee
Parents and Dependent Children ­ $450


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