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Compelled to Care serves foster and adoptive families through building community, training and providing opportunities to serve foster kids.


Being a foster and adoptive parent is exciting and messy because it’s like bringing the mission field into your home. Being the hands and feet of Jesus and caring for the most vulnerable takes endurance. It requires community with others doing the same thing because you cannot sustainably do this alone.  

 

MONTHLY EVENTS

Compelled to Care monthly events are a great opportunity to meet other foster, adoptive and kinship families, people who are interested in getting licensed, and those who just want to serve the community.

COMPELLED TO CARE: OLYMPIA

WHEN: The 2nd Friday of the month at 6:30pm (Childcare opens at 6:15pm)

FOOD: Adults are served a family style meal while children are served a kid-friendly meal in their classrooms.

PROGRAM: The adult program rotates every month between training, speakers and fun events. The kids program is led by Evergreen Kids. They provide a new lesson plan every month that includes organized activities, free play and crafts.

Location: The Olympia Campus

Childcare: Provided


COMPELLED TO CARE: McCLEARY - Beginning in March

WHEN: The last Friday of the month at 6:30pm (Childcare opens at 6:15pm)

FOOD: Snacks provided

PROGRAM: The adult program rotates every month between training, speakers and fun events. The kids program is led by Evergreen Kids. They provide a new lesson plan every month that includes organized activities, free play and crafts.

Location: The McCleary ECC Campus

Childcare: Provided


GROUPS

Women's Bible Study: Compelled to Care hosts a table for Foster/Adoptive Moms at the ECC Women’s Tuesday morning bible study. Bible study returns in the Spring.

C2C Moms Coffee Date - for Foster/Adoptive Moms. This group meets the 1st Saturday of every month from 9:00-10:30am at Starbucks next to Winco in Lacey. 1020 Kingham St NE Lacey, WA 98516

Burger Bros - for Foster/Adoptive Dad’s. This group meets at a different restaurant at 6:30pm on the 3rd Friday of every month.

Foster & Adoptive Single Moms Night Out - for Single Foster/Adoptive Moms. This group meets at 6:30pm on the 4th Monday of every month at a different restaurant. Childcare is provided at ECC for up to 20 kids. Pre-registration is required for childcare.

Online Support - Join our private Facebook group Compelled to Care Community to share resources, find encouragement and keep up with our events.

To meet up with any of these groups email ashley@ecconline.cc for more information.


UPCOMING EVENTS

The Empowered to Connect Conference is a FREE two-day simulcast designed to equip parents, teachers, foster/adoptive parents, caregivers, social workers and ministry leaders to better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and become all that God desires for them to be.

This year’s conference includes Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, which exists to bring attachment and connection in families. The nationwide participation in the Empowered to Connect Conference is a testament to the impact and work of Dr. Karyn Purvis.

TBRI is a parenting method that has been proven to help foster and adoptive families; as well as, kids who have experienced trauma. This method is not limited to just children from hard places. It can also benefit caregivers who work with children with sensory issues, special needs or those who show elevated behaviors.

 

Training Hours and CEU's will be provided for foster parents and professionals. Limited Childcare provided with registration. Lunch will not be provided.

The Empowered to Connect Conference is locally sponsored by multiple churches and non-profits.

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The Restore Retreat is a getaway for Foster and Adoptive Moms. Spend the weekend with other moms who "get it," rest and be restored. Be encouraged by great speakers and meet new friends. $200. May 3-5. Falls Creek Retreat Center, Raymond, WA.

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Compelled to Care and DCYF are teaming up to celebrate local caregivers! This will be a fun night filled with Minute-to-Win-It challenges and prizes! Foster, Adoptive and Kinship families; as well as those in the licensing process are welcome to attend because this will be during our regularly scheduled Compelled to Care Dinner in Olympia. Dinner is provided for adults. CHILDCARE AND DINNER ARE PROVIDED FOR KIDS with RSVP.


TRAINING

Parenting kids with a trauma background requires a new set of tools. We will post upcoming trainings here.


SERVE

We are looking for people who have a heart for foster kids, teens and kids with special needs to volunteer in child care during our monthly dinners and on Single Moms Night Out. If you are excited to serve please contact Sylvia LeRiche, Nursery Coordinator, at sylvia@ecconline.cc


We are looking for tech savvy people who can run the tech booth during our monthly dinners. If you would love to use your skills to serve foster families email ashley@ecconline.cc


CONTACT

If you have creative ideas for serving foster and adoptive families, want to get connected to the Compelled to Care community or have questions about how to get licensed for foster care please contact Ashley Wambach, Compelled to Care Director, at ashley@ecconline.cc.