2019 Conference – Parenting Through Adoption

Parenting Through Adoption 2019
Wheaton College* – Wheaton, IL
Saturday, March 9, 2019

 

Introduction

CAFFA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our 24th full day Parenting Through Adoption Conference! We have an exciting lineup of Speakers, Exhibitors, and Sponsors. Our day will also feature numerous workshops for pre-adoptive, foster, waiting, and experienced parents, as well as for Adoption Professionals. As always, we will offer shopping from Fair Trade vendors and an Exhibitor Hall to make sure you leave with a headful of information and an armload of resources!

Great news! We have been approved for 6 hours of Illinois foster care license / training for prospective parents, and 6 CEU education hours for adoption professionals seeking Social Worker credits.

Finally, anyone involved with adoption is welcome to attend, regardless of CAFFA membership.

The deadline for all registrations is February 18, 2019. Space is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee includes breakfast, lunch buffet, access to all conference areas, and certificates of attendance for those requesting documentation for foster care license renewal hours.

Here are the links for registration:  

Attendee Registration

Exhibitor Registration

We hope to see you there!


*IMPORTANT NOTES

This conference is not a function of Wheaton College – all inquiries regarding this event should be directed to CAFFA only – thank you.

Please provide a current email address when filling out your registration form. Important updates regarding the conference will be sent via email. Your email address will be used by CAFFA only and not shared with anyone else.

Partial refunds will be considered on a case by case basis through February 14, 2019. Beginning February 15, all conference fees are non-refundable.

No audio or videotaping.

No infants or children please.

This conference website will be continuously updated with any informational changes, as well as updates to our Sponsor and Exhibitor listings.

Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to introduce you to our Keynote Speaker for our event!

About Ashley Mitchell

Ashley Mitchell, owner of Lifetime Healing, set out to seek increased care, understanding, and resources for birth mothers.  For almost a decade, Ashley has been one of the most consistent and sought after birth mother voices in the nation.  Well known for her vulnerability and transparency in adoption, her story has touched the hearts of countless members of the adoption community and beyond.

Ashley Mitchell

Sponsors

CAFFA is grateful to announce our partnership with the following individuals and organizations. Their generous contributions have made this conference possible and have enabled CAFFA to underwrite portions of our conference costs. A very heartfelt THANK YOU to each of our sponsors!

If you are interested in becoming a Conference Sponsor, please click here: Sponsor Registration.

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Sponsorship – $750

  • Company Name and/or logo on all advertising materials and website and a link to your website from caffa.org
  • Registration for up to 2 attendees to the 2019 CAFFA Parenting Through Adoption Conference
  • Complimentary Exhibitor Table at Conference
  • A handout from your organization can be included in every attendee’s registration bag

Gold Sponsorship – $500

  • Company Name and/or logo on all advertising materials and website and a link to your website from caffa.org
  • Registration for up to 2 attendees to the 2019 CAFFA Parenting Through Adoption Conference
  • Complimentary Exhibitor Table at Conference
  • A handout from your organization can be included in every attendee’s registration bag

Silver Sponsorship – $250

  • Company Name and/or logo on all advertising materials and website and a link to your website from caffa.org
  • Registration for up to 2 attendees to the 2019 CAFFA Parenting Through Adoption Conference
  • A handout from your organization can be included in every attendee’s registration bag

Bronze Sponsorship – less than $250

  • Company Name and/or logo on all advertising materials and website and a link to your website from caffa.org
  • A handout from your organization can be included in every attendee’s registration bag

 

Platinum Sponsors

Chicago Area Families for Adoption

Chicago Area Families for Adoption

 


 

Gold Sponsors

 

Calo Programs

 

RG Adoption Consulting

RG Adoption Consulting

 

Evangelical Child and Family Agency

Evangelical Child & Family Agency

 

Genie Miller Gillespie

Genie Miller Gillespie, Attorney at Law

 

Law Office of 
Denise J. Patton

Law Office of Denise J. Patton

 

 


 

Silver Sponsors

 

The Adoption Consultancy

Shelley B. Ballard P.C., Attorney at Law

Shelley B. Ballard P.C., Attorney at Law

 

Gift Family Services

Gift Family Services

 

Allstate

Allstate

 

Kindred

Kindred + Co


 

Bronze Sponsors

 

 

 

 


Agenda and Workshops

2019 Conference Schedule

    • 7:30 am – Registration
    • Conference registration and light breakfast (Coffee, tea, and bagels and sweet rolls will be served)
    • Exhibits and bookstore open
    • 8:30 am – Plenary Session Opening remarks and keynote presentation
    • 9:35 am – 10:35 am – Session 1
      Session 1 Descriptions
    • 10:45 am – 11:45 am – Session 2
      Session 2 Descriptions
    • 11:50 am – 1:10 pm – Lunch and exhibit viewing
      • Will be in two shifts to accommodate everyone comfortably
      • 11:50 am – 12:30 pm
      • 12:30 pm – 1:10 pm
    • 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm – Session 3
      Session 3 Descriptions
    • 2:25 – 3:25 pm – Session 4
      Session 4 Descriptions
    • 3:35 pm – 4:35 pm – Session 5
      Session 5 Descriptions
    • 4:45 pm – Adjourn
      • Thanks for attending!

Exhibitors and Vendors

CAFFA is pleased to announce that the following organizations will be exhibiting their goods and/or services, which will include agencies and attorneys, as well as services and products for waiting, pre-, and post-adoptive families.

Exhibitors

CALO Programs Kaleidoscope Culture Camp Walk for Adoption Chicago Trish Jonker Help Us Adopt The Theraplay Institute Milestones for Kids Success Holt Sunny Ridge Adoption Center for Family Building Catholic Charities Styles for Kids Safe Sound and Protocol On Your Feet Foundation Law Office of Denise J. Patton Lutheran Child and Family Services Adoption Center of Illinois Camp Kupugani Center for Law and Social Work Usbrorne Books Let It Be Us Genie Miller Gillespie Camp Pride Korea Evangelical Child and Family Agency Bethany Christian Services Family Forward Law Replanted Ministries RG Adoption Consulting

 

Vendors

Scout & Cellar Wines


Isaiah's Elephant


Little Threads Boutique


doTERRA Essential Oils


Barefoot Books


Color Street by Michele's Traveling Nails


Noonday Collection


Premier Designs, Inc.


Tulia's Artisan Gallery

Meal Information

Breakfast

An assortment of freshly baked muffins, croissants, danish, bagels, chilled orange juice, coffee and tea

If you are looking for a bigger breakfast, here are a couple options (please remember to allow enough time to get to Wheaton College and register on time):

Egg’lectic Café

Open at 6am
145 North Hale Street, Wheaton, IL
(630) 690-9001 ‎ · egglecticcafe.com
0.5 mi West of Wheaton College Campus

Egg Harbor Cafe

Open at 6:30am
208 South Hale Street, Wheaton, IL
(630) 221-0206 ‎ · eggharborcafe.com
0.6 mi SW of Wheaton College Campus

Lunch

Box lunches will be provided to each conference guest. Each box lunch includes an apple, individual bag of chips, dessert bar, napkin-wrapped utensils, condiments, and a bottle of water. Beginning mid-morning, soda will also be available.

  • Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap: grilled chicken breast with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded parmesan cheese with caesar dressing, wrapped in a flour tortilla
  • Caesar Salad Wrap (without chicken): romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded parmesan cheese with caesar dressing, wrapped in a flour tortilla
  • Smoked Ham Sandwich: ham, sharp cheddar cheese, mixed greens, tomato, and maple mustard spread, served on a ciabatta roll
  • Southwest Veggie Wrap: black bean, corn and tomato relish, shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced avocado, and light chipotle mayo, wrapped in a tortilla
  • Cobb Salad: romaine lettuce topped with diced tomatoes, blue cheese, hard boiled egg, bacon, diced chicken and avocado, served with honey mustard vinaigrette
  • Classic Chopped Salad (bacon on the side): chopped Iceberg and Romaine lettuce with gorgonzola cheese, green onions, bacon crumbles, diced tomato, ditalini pasta and croutons, served with red pepper vinaigrette

Accommodations

We have made arrangements with the Holiday Inn and Suites in Carol Stream to offer guests of the CAFFA conference special rates and complimentary shuttle service to and from the conference. These block rates are available until February 15, 2019.

Holiday Inn & Suites
150 S. Gary Avenue
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Ask for: Chicago Area Families for Adoption
Group Code: CAF

To make your reservation, either book on line or by phone and indicate the Group Code CAF to receive your special rate:
Rooms from $94.95

Call 630-665-3000 or visit www.holidayinn.com/chi-carol (enter dates staying then enter group code).

Shuttle: The morning of the conference, the hotel shuttle will depart the hotel lobby at 7:00 am to take you to Wheaton College (Barrows Auditorium). The hotel shuttle will return to the college at 4:45 pm to bring you back to the hotel.