Friday, May 25

9:00am - 4:00pm   


Overview

Imagine a foster care system in Canada that had more certified foster families than foster children in the system.  Imagine if there were more families seeking to adopt older kids, special needs kids, and sibling groups than were needed.  Imagine if biological families who wanted to stay together or get back together had all the support they needed to do that.  In other words, imagine a Canadian foster care system where there was more than enough for kids and families.

Anyone who looks at the numbers can easily see that this is possible. With roughly 70,000 children in foster care in Canada, there are more than enough families to reach those numbers. However, it will take a powerful and unprecedented partnership between church and state to make it happen.

Join us for a one day symposium dedicated to the exploration of making this dream into a reality.  Dialogue with government officials, church leaders and foster care advocates from both the US and Canada and be a part of piecing together the foundations of a movement that could one day provide more than enough for kids and families in foster care.

Sample Topic Flow

  • The Current State of Canadian Foster Care
  • The Difference Between Foster Care Activity and Foster Care Movement
  • The Four Principles of Starting Foster Care Movement Where You Live
  • Government Leaders/child welfare professional panel:  The most important things you should know about partnering with us
  • Church Leaders panel: The most important things you should know about partnering with us
  • Work Groups -- A set of exercises designed to explore what might be possible
  • So what now?  A session dedicated to coming to conclusions about how to move forward toward the building of movement.

Amanda Preston is an adoptive and foster mother to 8 children through the Ministry of Children and Families. Married to her husband Daniel for 15 years, they both have a passion for children and special needs. Amanda and her husband began pursuing adoption when they were only 19 and 20 years old and have never looked back! Amanda is also a registered social worker and contract home study provider and is the founder of Home for Every Child Adoption Society. Amanda has a passion for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other special needs, and has a desire to see all children in a forever family regardless of their age, background or ability. To find out more you can visit her blog at www.mylovelycrazylife.com

Jason Weber and his wife, Trisha, have been caring for children from U.S. foster care since 2001 and have had the privilege of adopting their five children from foster care.  Jason has helped to produce and write several books, bible studies, and other tools all created to serve churches as they care for hurting kids including the recent children’s book, Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn (BroadStreet Publishing).  Jason writes a regular column for Fostering Families Today magazine and is the host of the Foster Movement Podcast, which highlights the stories of former foster youth and national foster care advocates.  Jason serves as the National Director of Foster Care Initiatives for the Christian Alliance for Orphans and currently lives in Plano, Texas. Website: cafo.org

Together for Adoption Canada 2018 Pre-conference #1

Symposium on Foster Care and the Church - Transforming Canadian Foster Care through Church and Government Partnership with Amanda Preston and featured consultant, Jason Weber