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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.

Alon Auguste, Speaker, Youth and Diversity Consultant

Meet Alon Auguste: speaker, Hip Hop artist, husband and father of four. Alon has performed with John Reuben and shared the stage with Toby Mac, Reliant K, Newsboys, Five Iron Frenzy, the LA Symphony and more.
He has pastored high school age youth and families for 10 years at Vineyard Columbus (2004-2014),  and now is the Middle School Culture
Coordinator at Graham Elementary and Middle School. Alon’s journey began in the chaotic world of the Massachusetts foster care system, bouncing
between foster families, group homes and hospitals. His story is one of
hope, inspiration and redemption. He continues to share his story to help
others imagine more for life and be inspired!

Trent Taylor, CEO, Watch Me Rise

Trent is Co-founder and CEO of Watch Me Rise Ministry. Trent experienced sexual abuse, neglect, and domestic violence during the first half of his childhood. He traveled a horrific journey through the foster care system until he was adopted at the age of 9. After healing from his traumatic past, Trent, who is now 21, has devoted his life to helping others overcome past trauma by providing hope. Trent willingly shares his inspiring story of triumph in order to
provide hope and healing for others. Trent strives to break misconceptions about those who have spent time in foster care. He has received numerous honors and awards for academics,
leadership, and community service. Trent is also an advocate for change and is involved in foster care reform at the national level and local levels. This young man who could have easily
become another statistic has published two books and is the host of the Watch Me Rise podcast. Trent is well-versed in trauma and is a practitioner in Trust Based Relational Intervention. Trent feels that true healing can only be found in God and attributes every bit of
his success to our Lord and Savior.

Dr. Kwabena Frimpong-Manso

Senior Lecturer
University of Ghana