In the past few days, over a thousand parents gathered in Redmond, Washington at Overlake Christian Church to attend a conference for encouragement, equipping, and fellowship with other foster or adoptive parents.
Speakers ranged from counselors, adoptees, writers, adoptive parents, children whose families adopted and/or raised foster children, and much more. The dynamic of trust among parents was truly unique as they were all in need of great support that is just difficult to get from people who do not understand all you are bearing.
The new, organic friendships were everywhere. Hair stylists, massage therapists, and hand massage therapists came and gave free services to tons of people. It was amazing. Well over twenty states were represented.