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.
2018 Retreat Speakers - Peter and Kelli Worral!
We are excited to have Peter and Kelli Worral as our keynote speakers. Both teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Peter is Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the General Education Program. Kelli is Professor of Communications. Kelli has authored two books, 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twenty-something Selves (with Peter), and Pierced and Embraced. They often speak at churches, camps, retreats, and conferences. They have two adopted children. Daryl was adopted domestically, after years of being fostered by the Worralls, at age 3. Amelia was adopted from China at 8 months old. The miracle is that their adoptions were finalized on exactly the same day
We are excited to partner with Bethany Christian Services. They are sending Kim Werth an International Adoption Specialist and Jenny Schmeichel to not only lead seminars but they are making themselves available throughout the weekend 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.
Seminars Coming Soon
Retreat Partner - Bethany Christian Services
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 Middle School Pastor and Student Ministries Director at Christ Community Church in St. Charles, 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.
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
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
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
Option One – Per Person Fee
13-17 y/o $75.00
6-12 y/o $60.00
4-5 y/o $50.00
0-3 y/o – Free
Option Two – Per Family Fee
Parents and Dependent Children $450