By: RUTH SCHENK | email@example.comOriginal article Source
Kris Zoeller refers to the Orphan Care Alliance Adoption Seminar to be held at Southeast Christian Church on Sept. 14 as adoption 101.
It is a chance to learn the ins and outs of domestic and international adoption, embryo adoption, foster care, foster to adopt, transracial adoption, adopting older children and how to raise enough money to fund an adoption.
“We try to cover as much as we can without overwhelming people,” Zoeller said. “Some come to these seminars knowing very little about adoption. Others come wanting to adopt but have no idea how to afford it, not sure if they want a baby or an older child, if they want to adopt close by or internationally.”
Southeast elder Brad DeVries, who adopted five children through the state of Kentucky, will be the keynote speaker at the seminar and will talk about the Biblical foundation of orphan care and adoption.
Nineteen breakout sessions that follow include: 10 things to know before internationally adopting, the dad perspective, adoption/foster care, are you ready to adopt?, creative adoption fundraising, ethics in embryo adoption, home studies, older child adoption, transracial adoption, fostering, waiting child adoption and what to expect when you are expecting to become a foster parent.
Breakout speakers share from experience. Most have adopted children themselves. Zoeller and her husband Bruce have adopted two children internationally and now serve as foster parents.
According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, more than 800 children in Jefferson County are in foster care. In Indiana, more than 3,000 children are waiting to be adopted.
“The need to care for children is so great,” Zoeller said. “It takes a lot of love and a lot of time. Kids out there aren’t growing up in stable environments and need families. Many are in temporary housing and shelters. They need a place to sleep and someone to come alongside them.”
The seminar is for anyone considering adoption or foster care.
Three guest speakers from the state of Kentucky will provide information on foster care: the Foster to Adopt program, the SNAP Program for special-needs children, fostering from the state and fostering from an agency.
IF YOU GO
What: Orphan Care Alliance Adoption Seminar
When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event is free and breakfast will be provided.
Where: Southeast’s Blankenbaker Campus
Listen LIVE on Monday to Crescent Hill Radio @5pm September 9th!! Guests will include breakout session speakers Lindsy Wallace & JT Henderson.