Refresh is a Christian conference designed for foster and adoptive parents, kinship providers, grandparents, and others who care for orphaned and vulnerable children. We understand firsthand that this journey can be difficult and lonely. The Refresh Conference is a time for you to escape from the distractions and chaos of life and be physically, emotionally, spiritually refreshed and inspired. Refresh is not a foster/adoptive recruiting conference. It is all about supporting parents like you on your post-placement journey.
The Refresh Conference is a Christian conference hosted by Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA, but the conference is not limited to only people of the same faith. All are welcome.
During the conference, there are four main sessions, plus a variety of workshops, broken into breakout sessions, on topics designed specifically to equip you on your foster or adoptive journey.
For you overachievers, welcome! We’d love for you to join us, but know that this conference is not a recruiting event. Rather, the Refresh Conference is about supporting those who are already parenting non-biological kids.
Regular Price (Now – Feb. 26th): $65/person
Walk-in Price (After Feb. 26th): $75/person
(A small service fee will be added during the registration process.)
The marriage workshop (Becoming a Serving Spouse) is $25 and includes dinner.
All other pre-conference workshops on Thursday are $15 each.
Unfortunately, no. Pricing is based per person.
Childcare will not be available at the Refresh Conference. Due to the nature of topics discussed and in order to provide participants with the opportunity to relax, though we love kids (and we really love kids), this conference is a “KID FREE” event.
This is, for the sake of our participants, a “KID FREE” event. That means as much as we love kids (and we really love kids), we are trying to create an environment where parents and caregivers are able to truly relax, unwind, and, of course, be refreshed. So, please…no children of any age and no exceptions. Thank you for understanding!
Unfortunately, registration is for the entire conference, but please feel free to come to any and all portions you are able attend.
We are able to refund 50% of your registration fee, 30 days prior to the conference. After that, we are very sorry, but we will be unable to issue refunds.
Meals are not included with the regular Friday/Saturday conference registration. If you have registered for the pre-conference Marriage Seminar on Thursday, dinner is included.
We are, unfortunately, not able to meet every dietary need, so we encourage you to please plan ahead and be prepared to provide meals for yourself.
Unfortunately, no. In order to keep the price of the conference as affordable as possible, we have decided not to include lunch for the pre-conference or conference days. There are many great, affordable options offsite and nearby.
Due to an overwhelming volume of requests this year, we have unfortunately already distributed all of the available scholarship funds for Refresh 2017.
Friday Night Live is meant to be a fun time for all those in the Refresh community to relax with one another. We offer entertainment, some good food, and an environment where we hope you will laugh, unwind, and find connection with others.
Dinner at Friday Night Live is a paid option. The cost is $10 per person. During the registration process, you will have the option to select and pay for the Friday Night Live dinner.
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The full schedule of events is listed under the Main Menu \ 2017 Conference \ 2017 Schedule, or feel free to simply click here.
The best airport to fly into is Sea-Tac International Airport. Overlake Christian Church is approximately 25 miles from Sea-Tac.
Yes, there are several hotels nearby which offer special group rates for Refresh Conference attendees. Please make your reservations before the cut-off dates to secure these special rates. Click here for more details.
Yes! By attending the Refresh Conference, foster parents can obtain a certificate of completion to submit to licensors. Professionals are also able to earn CEUs. Please check with your licensors or professional boards to see if this conference meets their approval. More information about CE’s can be found here.
Refresh cannot happen without an army of volunteers! Click here to find out more. Unfortunately, no discounts or childcare are available for volunteers.
The focus of Refresh is all about post-placement support. We have resource tables available from local, post-placement support organizations during and throughout the conference. We also offer some resources — most of them authored by Refresh Conference speakers and guests — at the conference bookstore, where you’ll find not only books but also t-shirts and small gifts relevant to the experiences of our participants.
We like to select exhibit/resource table participants who emphasize free or low-cost post-adoption/placement support for a wide range of families. If your ministry or organization meets this criteria and is interested in hosting a resource table at the Refresh Conference, more information can be found here.