Bringing a child into the adoptive or foster home impacts not only the parents but the biological and other permanent children as well. Due to the stress and challenges of integrating a child into the family, the needs of the biological children can be inadvertently overlooked. This workshop address five major impacts parents need to know about when adding children to their family. It will offer strategies to help families meet the emotional needs of all within the home.
When should a child be told he is adopted? How much of his past should I tell him? What about the really hard stuff, does he really need to know? These questions and more will be answered in this interactive workshop on talking to your child about his past. It is grounded in a simple biblical phrase: The truth shall make you free
David & Jayne Schooler
Dr. David and Jayne Schooler began the journey into the world of foster care and adoption in 1978, with a simple question by a youth in their church. “Would you become my foster parents?” They answered yes and that changed the direction of their lives.
David has served in the pastoral and counseling ministry for over 40 years. Much of his current focus is on working with adults who have a lifetime impact of early childhood trauma. Both David and Jayne are recognized nationally and internationally as speakers/trainers in the field of trauma, adoption and foster care, and emotionally healthy spirituality. They are the primary authors of Back2Back Ministries, Trauma Competent Caregiving nine module training curriculum, which has been translated into 7 languages and has reached over 58 countries.
Jayne is the author/co-author of eight books in the field of child welfare including Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents and Parenting in Transracial Adoption. Serving now full time with Back2Back Ministries their international work takes them regularly to India, Nigeria, Mexico, and Haiti. David and Jayne are parents by birth and adoption and grandparents of four.
Sensory Differences are a significant issue for most of our kids. Many are hypersensitive, many are seekers, a lot are under-responsive and some are all of the above. Come join us for a quick overview of Sensory Processing and how it can be seen in you and your children. We’ll talk about it, compare with others and have a “hands on lab” to really help us understand the struggle for many of our kids. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience some practical solutions and leave with new resources to help your children thrive.
Kristin Mathis, OTR, and her husband Chris are parents to five amazing kiddos ages 4 -16 (domestic adoption, international toddler adoption, and foster care adoption). Kristin’s background is in child development with a masters degree in occupational therapy. She has worked for ECI and is currently doing home health. Kristin completed professional training in TBRI (Practicioner and Educator) at TCU and her passion for foster and adopted children leads her to find practical ways to encourage health and healing for these wonderful families. She loves brain research, iced tea, and Mexican food. Her days are full of re-dos (mainly for her), problem-solving and laundry (NOT in that order)