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May 18 - 20, 2018
Crowne Plaza Atlanta-SW Peachtree City Hotel & Conference Center 
 201 Aberdeen Pkwy.
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Sponsored by:
The Georgia Department of
Family & Children Services,
Social Services Adminstration Unit
and Family Matters Consulting, Inc.
This event is filling up quickly so be sure to register today. 
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With a focus on the lifelong aspects of adoption, this annual training seminar celebrates, promotes and explores issues related to adoption. This weekend event provides information on some of the most important issues and concerns in adoption today. The primary focus of this training seminar is on supporting and strengthening adoptive families.
Through this event, adoptive parents and foster to adopt parents currently with children placed for adoption are provided an excellent opportunity to increase their knowledge base and skills concerning adoption issues, services for adoptive families and the parenting of adopted children. More than 20 workshops will be offered on topics such as understanding developmental assessments, parenting children with complex medical issues, coping with attachment-related issues, guidance and behavioral concerns, identifying emotional triggers, special educational services, supporting children through developmental stages, and much more.
The Ties That Bind Training Seminar is truly a family centered event with all ages welcome. In addition to childcare, age-appropriate workshops and fun-filled activities will be provided for all children. There will also be a Teen seminar that will provide teen participants with exciting opportunities for personal growth. Teens will be learning valuable life skills that will focus on making positive choices, overcoming obstacles, developing critical thinking, reducing violence, and setting goals.
These programs enable parents to enjoy the seminar secure in the knowledge that their children and teens are nearby, having a good time themselves. Be sure to visit our website and click on the "Youth Program" tab on the top of the page to find out more about the activities planned for this year's event. 
We are honored to have several nationally recognized adoption professionals be a part of this year's event.
Craig Peterson & Sons Michael and Andrew
Craig a child advocate and adoptive father of six children with special needs.  He is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Indianapolis and has been a highly popular blogger for over six years. Craig is also a forthcoming author of Adopting Faith: A Father's Unconditional Love.  Craig along with two of his sons Michael and Andrew will present the opening keynote entitledParents Have Strengths and So Do Their ChildrenRaising children from hard places is no easy task, especially when challenges surface. However, those behaviors have meaning. Should parents react with emotion or should they respond with empathy? How can they maintain a trauma-informed perspective and continually add to their therapeutic parenting tool-box? How can they identify their children's strengths and then find meaningful activities that develop self-worth and self-confidence. Craig will inspire the audience with the story of re-thinking his parenting, reducing the reliance on consequences and guiding each of his children along a path of success, after identifying their strengths.  This will be an interactive presentation with personal testimony that is sure to help parents find their children's strengths as well as their own. 
Kim Stevens
Is a Program Manager at The North American Council On Adoptable Children, (NACAC) where she works ona number of projects that support foster, adoptive, guardianship, and kinship children and families. In her 29 years of child welfare work, Kim has provided training and consultation on child welfare, foster care, adoption, parenting, positive youth  development, advocacy and leadership, trauma and recovery, and youth permanency issues both nationally and internationally. She and her husband, Buddy have six children, four of whom were adopted as older children from the public foster care system. Kim’s Closing Keynote is entitled: The Kids Are Okay! Parenting for Best Outcomes. Working with or parenting a child with a history of trauma, neglect and loss can be an awesome job, in all meanings of the word. How we talk about and to our children has lasting effects on them, on us, on their status in the community, even on the likelihood of finding an adoptive family. Get renewed, recharged and refocused as you learn the power of the “reframe”. Participants will gain: 1) Awareness of how language affects the way others view our children; 2) Strategies for talking to and about your children in a positive voice to achieve maximum benefit, enjoyment and satisfaction; 3) Understanding of how labels are interpreted and misinterpreted by others; and 4) A sense of fun and humor in seeing our children through a new lens.
Once again, we are very excited to have a wide variety of workshop presenters and interesting topics to offer our families. When you  visit our website  click on the "Workshops" tab at the top of the page to see a complete list of this year's Workshop Presenters, topics, and the scheduled time for each session.   
This training seminar has quickly become a favorite event for many adoptive families in Georgia. It is designed to support adoptive families and most importantly provide them with an opportunity to network with one another. Please review the seminar schedule thoroughly online at Click the "Registration" tab at the top of the page to download and complete ALL of the required registration forms, and then either email them or fax them to Family Matters Consulting, Inc. by May 4, 2018. Registrations must be completed and fees paid by the deadline of May 4th. Please use the checklist on the registration information page to ensure that you have completed all of the requested documents and have paid the required fees and deposits. Confirmation letters will be emailed after May 4th.
Completed registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited so please register before the deadline.Due to the popularity of this event and limited availability, preference will be given to first-time attendees who are currently receiving adoption assistance funds through DFCS. This year’s Children and Youth program is limited to 250 children and teens. The youth activities are available ONLY to the children and teens of adoptive families who are registered to attend. However, when the children and teen program is filled up adults may still register to attend.
The seminar registration fee will be $45 per family of 5 or less and $65 per family of 6 or more (immediate family members ONLY) which covers the adult workshops, childcare, children and teen programs, family entertainment on Friday night, Family Night Celebration on Saturday evening, and all meals from Saturday morning through Sunday noon. Hotel rooms will be $135 per night and all reservations MUST be made through the Seminar Planning Committee once the registration has been confirmed. 
All registered attendees including all adults, children and teens MUST take part in the scheduled activities of the seminar. All registered children and teens MUST participate in the youth programs and cannot be left unattended in their hotel rooms. In order for us to be able to provide this level of high quality programming and training we are required to obtain proper documentation for all attendees who are registered to participate. Adult attendees MUST be prepared to sign in for all workshops and keynote presentations and parents must be prepared to sign in their children and teens. Only family members that are registered attendees and actively participating in this seminar's workshops and programs will be allowed to participate in the weekend family entertainment events and meals.
Requests to provide foster parent training hours have been made. Please note that only foster to adopt parents that currently have children placed for adoption in their homes will be allowed to participate in this training event.  In order to receive foster parent training hours, participants MUST attend ALL seminar workshop sessions and keynote presentations.  Participants will be asked to sign an attendance roster during each workshop session to receive credit hours. More information about these credits will be provided at the seminar.
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*Craig Peterson & Sons Michael and Andrew
*Kim Stevens
Ties That Bind 
Join us on Friday, May 18th at 7:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom for the Ties That Bind Kick-Off event. This will be a great time for families to mix and mingle and enjoy a special performance by award winning Magician Marc Dunston! "Magic Marc," is a man of many talents...TV host, executive producer, author, magician, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He founded The Magication of Education Program, which focuses on teaching literacy to young children. Marc encourages his audience to better themselves and motivates them to learn. You won't want to miss this exciting performance or the yummy refreshments following the show.
Saturday, May 19th participants will want to attend our Family Night Dinner Celebration for all ages!
This year we will visit the Land of Oz withAdoptive & Foster Families Following the Yellow Brick Road to Happiness! Join Dorothy and her friends somewhere over the rainbow as they follow the yellow brick road into an evening of enchantment. Watch the Scarecrow discover his brain, the Tin Man find his heart and the Cowardly Lion look for courage.  Let them sing and dance their way right into  your heart with a surprise finale sure to dazzle. You won't want to miss this special show created for us by Dream Friends Entertainment.
Teens 14 & up will celebrate together with their own special dinner and program featuring the "Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient" - Keith L. Brown, "Mr. I'm Possible." Keith was identified as a "Special Ed" and "At Risk" student, primarily because he was very talkative, hyper, and wanted to give "all the answers;" ironically, these are a few of the same traits that has made him one of the most sought after Professional Speakers on the planet. Keith's keynote address to the teens, Not Impossible - I'm Possible is a blueprint for overall success. 
After these programs, families will want to stay and join us "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities such as family photos, cooperative games, Wizard of Oz Trivia, arts & crafts, music, dancing and much more! 
To get the most out of this training seminar, please consider becoming a sponsor to help another family in the healing journey. Each year, new families join us at the seminar. Many of them are in crisis, feeling hopeless and alone. They leave this training filled with information, hope and support. Even though we strive to make this event as affordable as possible, there are still many families who desperately want to join us, but simply cannot afford to come. As you review the seminar materials, please consider making a difference by becoming a sponsor of the Ties That Bind Parent Scholarship fund. Your gift will cover hotel expenses and seminar fees for families who could not afford to attend otherwise. Just go to and click the gift certificate button. No gift is too small and every dollar makes a difference. Whatever you decide, know that we look forward to greeting you in Peachtree City!