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Purposeful Parenting: Building an Action Plan for Daily Challenges

You’re busy, barely keeping up at times and doing your best as parents to connect with, shape and form the children God has entrusted to you. You’re also wondering where in all of that is there actually time to take care of yourself?! The needs of our children are nuanced and complex, and so are our needs as parents – and perhaps more importantly, as humans!

It’s important that we regularly take time to slow down, pay attention to things we often are too hurried to pay attention to, and put a plan in place for how we will lean into some important areas of growth – first for ourselves as moms and dads, husbands and wives, men and women who love, serve and follow Jesus – and then for our kids…how we will lead, guide and parent them most effectively.

If you’re a busy foster or adoptive parent that needs a chance to slow down, be encouraged, and put a plan in place for how you will tend to the health of your own soul, the rhythms of your family and the diverse and nuanced needs of your children, then this pre-Summit intensive is for you!

You’ll hear from a variety of facilitators that will encourage and equip you in the areas of spiritual vitality, healthy rhythms, soul care, perspectives on parenting through hard things and the clinical and relational components of trauma, connection and healing.


Date: Wednesday, Sept 28
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church


  • $80 (Single)/$120 (Couples) – Non-Member
  • $40 (Single)/$60 (Couples) – Member

Ideal Audience

Purposeful Parenting is uniquely designed for foster and adoptive parents. You’ll be reminded that you’re not alone, your experiences are shared by many, your work is worth it and there is a network of people and resources that stand ready to serve and support you along the journey..


Jason Johnson, Director of Church Engagement & Mobilization, Christian Alliance for Orphans

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

He currently serves as the Director of Church Mobilization and Engagement with Christian Alliance for Orphans. In his work he develops resources, coaches leaders and teaches in a variety of contexts on church-based ministry structures, organizational leadership and strategy. He is also a sought-after speaker for churches, retreats, conferences, and events for foster and adoptive parents as well as for those considering getting involved.

Prior to his work at CAFO Jason spent 14 years in church staff ministry, including planting and pastoring a church in Houston. It’s there that his family’s foster care journey began.

Jason and his wife, Emily live in Texas with their daughters. He has authored 4 books: Reframing Foster Care, Everyone Can Do Something, ALL IN Orphan Care and Effectively Engaging Churches. You can find many of his resources at www.jasonjohnsonblog.com.

Jedd Medefind, President, Christian Alliance for Orphans

Jedd Medefind loves journeying through life with his wife, Rachel. He relishes wrestling matches with his five children—Siena, Marin, Eden, Lincoln, and Phoebe. Most of all, he desires to reflect the heart of Jesus Christ in all of life.

Prior to his current role as the President of The Christian Alliance for Orphans, Jedd served in the White House as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, leading the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. In this post, he oversaw reform efforts across the government to make community- and faith-based groups central partners in all Federal efforts to aid the needy, from prisoner reentry to global AIDS.

Previously, Jedd held a range of posts in the California State Legislature. He also helped establish the California Community Renewal Project, which strengthens nonprofits in some of the state’s most challenged communities. He has worked, studied and served in more than thirty countries, with organizations ranging from Price-Waterhouse in Moscow to Christian Life Bangladesh.

Jedd Medefind and his wife, Rachel, live near Washington, DC. They’ve welcomed children through birth, foster care and adoption.

Jamie Finn, Executive Director, Foster the Family

Jamie Finn is the Executive Director of Foster the Family, the host of the Real Mom podcast, the founder and owner of Goods and Better, and the author of “Foster the Family: Encouragement, Hope, and Practical Help for the Christian Foster Parent.”

She is a sought-after speaker for retreats, conferences, and events for foster and adoptive parents. Her popular social media accounts offer a glimpse into the real life of a foster parent and provide encouragement to thousands of foster parents.

At any given moment, Jamie is a mother to four to six children, including her two biological children and two children adopted through foster care. She lives in Sicklerville, New Jersey, with her husband, Alan.

Peter Habyarimara, Founder, Now I Am Known

At age ten, Peter Mutabazi ran away from home in rural Uganda to escape his abusive father. For five years Peter survived on the streets of Kampala, a city of 1.5 million, until one man saw potential in him. This one person not only supported Peter through school but altered Peter’s outlook on life in every possible way.

Since then, Peter has served as a relief coordinator during the Rwandan genocide, worked for the International Committee of Red Cross during the Sudan conflict, immigrated to the United States, fostered countless children, and became a single foster and adoptive parent. He speaks seven languages and has traveled to more than 100 countries as an international advocate for vulnerable children.

Peter founded the Now I Am Known organization that works to be a bridge for people who don’t think they can make a difference. He’s also the author of the “Now I am Known” book about his inspiring true story. In it he reveals the transformational power of taking risks, learning to forgive, overcoming self-doubt, breaking negative patterns, and believing in a better future.

Kimberly Glaudy, Regional Training Consultant for the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

Kimberly Glaudy currently serves as a Regional Training Consultant for the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. In this role, she trains change agents in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and supports model implementation in various programs. Kimberly holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership and another in Marriage and Family Therapy. For several years she served as an administrator of a residential treatment facility for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, and for a foster program serving the same population. It is during this time she developed a passion for working with youth who have experienced complex developmental trauma. Kimberly has worked in youth and community development organizations for over 20 years. Today, she also serves as founder of Family Foundation Initiatives, a therapeutic private practice dedicated to mental wellness and family strengthening initiatives.