Experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.

Thornwell is committed to support current and future foster families.

We are excited to provide this FREE comprehensive training that will strengthen the opportunity for your family to feel supported and equipped on your foster care journey.

 

  • What is the Empowered to Connect Conference?

    The Empowered to Connect Conference features two days of practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.

  • Who should attend the conference?

    The conference content is beneficial for adoptive parents, foster parents, potential adoptive or foster parents, and professionals or ministry leaders serving children.

  • Will training credits for adoptive and foster parents be available?

    Each adoptive and foster parent will receive a certificate of attendance. The certificates will be handed out at the end of each day, per parent. Attendees are responsible for providing the certificate to their agency, and it is at the agency’s discretion whether or not to count participation toward training credits. To be eligible with your agency to receive training credits, each participant will need to turn in to their agency a copy of each certificate and it is beneficial to also provide them the schedule of the conference. There is no need to sign up for adoptive/foster training credit.

  • What are the conference details?

    The conference runs from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon both Friday and Saturday from 10am-6pm April 5th & 6th, and 9am-5pm April 26th & 27th. Coffee, water, and light refreshments will be provided during the morning and afternoon breaks. There will be a one-and-a-half hour break scheduled for an off-site lunch each day.

  • Will childcare be provided?

    No, unfortunately childcare will not be provided. Please make arrangements for your children off-site.

  • What are the fees to attend this conference?

    FREE!

  • Where are the conferences held?

    The 2019 Empowered to Connect Conference will be held in Fort Worth, TX, and live streamed to Thornwell’s Campus. 302 South Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325.

    Event registration is below

  • Can I receive Continuing Education Credits by attending the conference?

    All professionals will receive continuing education credits, and all foster parents will receive training hours.

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