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Registration opens July 2020

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You can change a life.

Learn how at our foster care conference.

The Upstate, and specifically Spartanburg, are home to the highest need for Foster Care families in our State. We believe every child deserves a loving family, whether that’s family by birth or family by choice. Thornwell’s Foster Care Conference is designed to equip and empower current and potential foster care parents, those who support them, and those in the community who are eager to help.

Founded over 145 years ago as a home for orphaned children, Thornwell believes strong children are the result of strong families. Our annual Foster Care Conference will renew your spirit, and connect you with other like-minded foster families and support networks in the area.

Sign up now for updates about access to informative sessions, a keynote message from Jason Johnson, and more—all with a community of friends and foster families that share your heart for vulnerable children and families.

Keynote Speaker, Jason Johnson

Jason is a writer and speaker who encourages families and equips churches in their foster care and adoption journeys.

Jason currently serves as the Director of Church Ministry Initiatives with Christian Alliance for Orphans. In his work, he speaks and teaches at churches, conferences, forums, and workshops on church-based ministry strategies and best practices as well as encouraging families that are in the trenches and those that are considering getting involved.

Jason and his wife, Emily, live in Texas with their daughters. He has authored 3 books: Reframing Foster Care, Everyone Can Do Something, and ALL IN Orphan Care, and he blogs regularly at