5 Reasons The Refresh Conference Should Be Circled On Your Calendar!

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The road of adoption and foster care can be filled with exhaustion and trials. Thankfully, there's an event coming soon where thousands of parents just like us can find strength!

We knew it from the moment we walked in- this was our crowd. No one faking it, no one pretending to be something they were not, no one in denial over the reality of this journey. Just a real, authentic, and safe community of like-minded people. Where we came from didn’t matter. Whether we were rich, poor, or somewhere in the middle mattered not. Neither did the fact that we were wounded in one way or another, and had each failed a time or two on this journey.

What mattered was hope…camaraderie…authenticity. What mattered was that we were all there because our hearts bled openly for children. We all shared a common bond- We were adoptive parents, foster parents, moms, and dads. We were all wading through the murky trenches of adopting children from difficult places; raising a kid who was drug or alcohol exposed at birth; dealing with a screwed up foster care system that was taking the life out of us; needing a place we could be honest about our deepest wounds and not feel judged.

All of this in one place. All at The Refresh Conference this coming March in beautiful Seattle, Washington.

We’re not paid to say this, nor are we receiving any benefits to do so (other than the joy of attending this amazing event). We believe this with all of our heart- The Refresh Conference is the one event during the year that foster and adoptive parents simply cannot miss.

Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. It’s an authentic community. From the opening session to the very end, it’s clear- this place is the real deal. Nothing’s sugar coated and they let you know pretty quickly- it’s okay to not be okay. Adoption and foster care is  hard parenting. Really hard, in fact. Refresh is a community that gets it.
  2. It’s designed with you in mind. This is not a conference designed by a corporation or executives from a resource company. It’s designed by adoptive and foster parents just like you and me. Every element, every breakout session, every visual is custom-made with the real life of a foster or adoptive parent in mind.
  3. It points you to hope. It’s easy to give in to defeat. It’s easy to want to give up. Hope changes all of that. When you have hope, you have the strength you need to pull yourself out of bed each day. Refresh Conference points you to the hope you need to make it to the next day, and the day after that.
  4. You gain life-long friends. Refresh shows you just how small this world is and how easy it is to connect with others who get you, even if they live across the country, or the world. Last year, we met people from different parts of the country whom we now consider to be life-long friends. They are a text message, email, or phone call away.
  5. You walk away rejuvenated. To be honest, you walk away with a spirit of “I can do this!” You find this strength because you discover how not alone in this world you really are. You find out there are others who feel the same as you, think the same as you, and struggle the same as you!

Sound like the place for you? We can assure you…it is. We can’t wait to get to Refresh in Seattle this coming March. It’s been circled on our calendar since the end of last year’s event. We would love to connect with you there and hear your story. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your spot now. We’ll be there with a bunch of our friends and we would love to hang out….


Have you been to The Refresh Conference? What was your experience like? Share your story with us.

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Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

Matt McCarrick

Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

Beaver Trumble

Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.