Together for Adoption

I’m sooo excited to be attending the Together for Adoption conference!  It’s Sept 30-Oct 2nd in Austin, TX.  Are you going?  Are you thinking about going? If you live anywhere near Austin, please do–I’d love to meet you there!  Turning in your registration before Sept 1st will get you the lower early bird registration rate.  To give you more of an idea of what the conference is about, here are the conference ‘tracks’:

  1. Your church and the orphan (how to launch an orphan ministry in your church)
  2. Church-centered international orphan care (how the church can meet the needs of orphans around the world)
  3. Post adoption  (Karen Purvis, author of The Connected Child will be talking about attachment, a hugely important adoption issue)
  4. Missional communities and orphan care (church planting, meeting inner city orphan needs)
  5. Orphan care and pre-adoption issues ( for those considering adoption or supporting adoptive families)
  6. College students and the orphan (advocating for orphans on your college campus)
  7. The arts, media, and advocating for the orphan (how photography, music, and writing can be a voice for orphans)
  8. Foster Care (offering foster care, supporting foster families)
  9. Adoption 101 (how to adopt, how to afford it)

And here’s a sampling of some of the actual break-out sessions. You can attend all the sessions in one track, or you can pick and choose sessions that interest you within any of the tracks. I  am also attending the pre-conference workshop with Karen Purvis. I’ve read her book and really liked it, so I am looking forward to hearing her speak.

Funny thing:  as I was writing this post, my 5 year old came wailing into the house to show me her owie, and I was freshly reminded what a miracle adoption is.  Yes, our decision to adopt her met the needs of one orphan.  But adoption isn’t really about activism, it’s about family.  She’s my daughter.  A treasured, precious member of my family.  And I can’t even describe what a gift that is.

Back to the conference:  I’ll be live-blogging about the event and sharing it with people who aren’t able to attend.   There will also be a featured blogger meetup session, so if you are coming, you and I really will have an opportunity to meet.

I’d love to hear from you if you’re coming.  Just for fun, I’m also including a linky in this post.   If you’re going, will you plug in your blog address? That way we can see who’s going and visit each other ahead of time!  If you don’t have a blog, just comment, OK?


  1. That sounds like a great conference! My husband and I are discussing adoption as something we may pursue in the near future. And my brother and SIL just got their new daughter TODAY, just a few hours ago, in Bulgaria, after nearly 2 1/2 years of waiting!!!

  2. Sarah Beth says:

    I don’t have a blog to link to, however my husband and I will both be there for the conference. We hope to bring our first child home later this fall after just having our home study and all paperwork submitted. We are also bringing another couple who is talking about possibly adopting too. Looking forward to try and meet you there!

  3. I can’t believe we’re actually going to be able to be there. This will really be the first time we have gone away for more than a night in over a year (since our 6 foster/adopt siblings were placed in our home).

    Alas, I am not a featured blogger (I’m a terrible writer and don’t post very often!), but I do SO hope to meet you and many others who have families similar to my own. It will be so nice to chat with and encourage fellow adoptive moms of many.

  4. We’ll be there! We have 2 kiddos 2 and under, and have not made the decision to adopt; but I feel the tug to learn more!

    I can’t wait.