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 19, 2017. 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.

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, 2017. 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!

Platinum Sponsors

Chicago Area Families for Adoption

Chicago Area Families for Adoption

 


 

Gold Sponsors

Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center Everlasting Adoptions

Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center

Everlasting Adoptions

 

Gillespie Law Group, LLC Holt-Sunny Ridge

Gillespie Law Group, LLC

Holt-Sunny Ridge

 

House Calls Counseling Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS)

House Calls Counseling

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS)

 


 

Silver Sponsors

Calo Programs Law Office of Denise Patton

Calo Programs

Law Office of Denise Patton

 

RG Adoption Consulting Sheila A. Maloney Attorney at Law

RG Adoption Consulting

Sheila A. Maloney Attorney at Law

 

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

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

 


 

Bronze Sponsors

The Adoption Consultancy Law Offices of Sally Wildman

The Adoption Consultancy

Law Offices of Sally Wildman

 


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

Agenda and Workshops

We are pleased to offer an exciting array of topics, ranging from pre-adoptive and waiting parent information, to parenting concerns for new and “experienced” parents, to topics well-suited for Adoption Professionals.  Our Conference showcases speakers from a wide variety of organizations and backgrounds – many local, and others from across state lines – all with impressive credentials.

Following the Keynote Address, the day will be broken up into five time slots, during which several workshops will run concurrently in each session.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

  • 7:30 am – Registration
    • Conference registration and light breakfast (Coffee, tea, and rolls will be served)
    • Exhibits and bookstore open
  • 8:30 am – Plenary Session
    • Opening remarks and keynote presentation
  • 9:35 am – Session 1
  • 10:45 am – Session 2
  • 11:55 am – Session 3
  • 1:00 pm – Lunch and exhibit viewing
    • Will be in two shifts to accommodate everyone comfortably
  • 2:20 pm – Session 4
  • 3:30 pm – Session 5
  • 4:30 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.

Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center The Arlington Center Bethany Christian Services Blossom Inspirations

CAFFA Camp Kupugani at Camp White Eagle Camp Pride Korea

Carrie Goldman Author Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago Center for Law and Social Work

Childrens Home Society Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota The Cradle

Everlasting Adoptions Foresters Financial Services Inc

Gillespie Law Group, LLC Heart Gallery of America Holt-Sunny Ridge

Hope Reins Equine Counseling Hopefully Parents House Calls Counseling Individual & Family Connection, Inc.

Kaleidoscope Culture Camp Law Office of Denise Patton Lifebook by plumleaf

The Light and Leadership Initiative Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS) Magic Tree Bookstore

Matthew Cordell Our Chosen Child RG Adoption Consulting

The Russian Gift Shop Sara Kahn Wool, Esq., LLC Family Mediation and Law St. Marys Services

Styles 4 Kidz University of Chicago Adoption Center Walk for Adoption Chicago

Y'Abal Handicrafts

 


If you are interested in learning more about becoming an exhibitor, click here: Exhibitor Registration.

Meal Information

Breakfast

Coffee, tea, and rolls will be served to all participants.

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.net 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 bottle of water.  Beginning mid-morning, soda will also be available.

  • Caesar Salad Wrap:  romaine lettuce, tomatoes and shredded parmesan cheese with caesar dressing, wrapped in a flour tortilla
  • Caesar Salad Wrap with Grilled Chicken:  romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, tomatoes and shredded parmesan cheese with caesar dressing, wrapped in a flour tortilla
  • Smoked Ham and Swiss Sandwich:  Served on a pretzel roll with mixed greens
  • Roast Beef Sandwich: served on marbled rye with caramelized red onion jam, shredded romaine, roasted tomato and cheddar cheese
  • Classic Chopped Salad: chopped Iceberg and Romaine lettuce with gorgonzola cheese, green onions, bacon crumbles, diced tomato, ditalini pasta and croutons, served with red pepper vinaigrette
  • Classic Chopped Salad (without bacon): chopped Iceberg and Romaine lettuce with gorgonzola cheese, green onions, 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, 2017.

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 to receive your special rate:

Standard Double Bed: $92.00 King 2 Room Suite: $122.00

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.