Respite Event


Date(s) - 09/28/2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ascend Student Ministry Hosts: A Respite Day!

Foster/Adoptive Families—We want to love and serve you through our next Respite Event on Saturday, September 28th, 10AM—2PM. Sign up online by 9/23 to reserve your child’s (6 weeks to 12 years) spot for a morning of crafts, games, playground fun and story-time—while you enjoy the break! If you have any questions about your childcare reservation, contact our Childcare Coordinator, Anna Haver, at

And we will certainly need lots of serving hands—volunteers can sign up online as well. Come serve with your older teens and bless these families in our church and community. Sign-up for volunteers will also close on 9/23, as a background check is required to serve and takes time to process. If you have any questions, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Gautreaux, at

Families Register Here Volunteers Register Here

While your kid’s are enjoying some fun you can get skills/training hours: During the Respite Event, we’re also hosting a training onsite at FBCC (lunch included). We’re offering TWO trainings – you can come to one or both!

Training Topics: (see descriptions below)
10:00-12:00 – Parenting Kids from Hard Places 101
12:00-12:30 – Lunch
12:30-2:00 – Parenting Kids from Hard Places 201* (*must attend 101 or equivalent to attend this session)

Save the date! Registration for the North Shore Respite Event and/or Foster Parent Training coming soon!

Class Descriptions:

Parenting Kids from Hard Places 101 – Parenting is hard, especially when you’re caring for kids from hard places. The effects of trauma play out in fear-based behaviors, difficultly forming healthy attachments, and so much more. But – we’ve got good news! Having a better understanding of how trauma has affected the kids in your care, and being equipped with strategies and skills focused on addressing that trauma, can make a big difference. Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) provides both the knowledge and skills you need, and parents who’ve implemented TBRI principles have seen real change in their families. This training will be a mix of teaching and hands on activities, led by Shelby Baird, a foster parent, educator, and TBRI Practitioner. Whether this is your first TBRI training or you’re looking for a refresher, this session will provide practical skills and encouragement in your role as a foster/adoptive parent.

Parenting Kids from Hard Places 201* – So, you’ve got an understanding of trauma and the brain, and some basic tools for addressing the challenges that trauma presents. But what next? How do you navigate challenging behaviors and set your kids up for success – at home, in school, and beyond? During this training, you’ll learn from Anna Palmer, foster/adoptive parent and TBRI Practitioner, about how implementing TBRI’s Empowering and Correcting Principles can help your kids regulate emotions and correct difficult and challenging behaviors. *Must attend 101 or equivalent to attend this session.