A Future & A Hope Conference has many different breakout sessions. Choose the right track for you! These breakouts are for explorers learning how to get involved in the child welfare community, supporting roles, families, or church ministries. 


Where Do I Fit In?

5 Needs of Foster Care

Tara Thornton + LJ McCullough

Foster Care 101

All You Need is Love … And Other Myths

Ashlee Carroll (Panel)

Head, Heart + Hands for Kinship

How to identify + support caregiving families in your community

Krista Ruff


Working Upstream

Preventing Families from Entering the System

STARRY Leadership Team

The Science of Hope

Trauma Awareness Training

Dr. Beth Feger

Supporting Roles

Lessons Learned from Recovery Court

Systemically Keeping Families Together

Judge Larson + FRC Team

Growing Up, Giving Back

Learning from Those With Lived Experience

Kyiva  Beasley + FFY Panel

Finding Your Place in Child Welfare

Playing a Part in the Village

Cristal Maldonado


Leading Fathers, Leading Families

The Important Role Men Play at Home

Lynn Floyd


Parenting with Resilience

Showing Up for the Teens + Young Adults in Our Lives

Jordan Hope Vera

Speaking up, Speaking Out

Advocating for Your Child in Schools + Beyond

Dr. Beth Feger

Web Wisdom

Keeping Our Kids Safe Online

Sunitha Konatham


What They Don’t Always Tell You

Adoptive Family Journey

Chelsy Alexander

Soul Care

Meeting Your Own Needs while Caring for Others

Lee Lewis


The Realities of Adoption

Hard Times + Post Permanence Resources

Megan Avery-Zellner



How Foster Families can Support Family Preservation

MJ Korpela + Panel


A Father’s Perspective

A Panel on the Importance of Fatherhood Involvement

Joshua Banks, Marcus Griggs + David Bryant

Compassionate Caregiver

TXPOP Panel on Family Engagement

Caregiver Panel

Church Ministry

Becoming a Ministry Partner

Partnering with Fostering Hope

Whitney Bell

Building Your “Team Beverly”

Wrap Around Team

Fiona McInally + Beverly Morris


The Mission Field of Child Welfare

Meeting the Needs in Your Own Backyard

Julie Kouri + HLCN