Join Us For A Free Online Event About Finding Hope!

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We all need hope on the journey of foster care, adoption and special needs parenting. But, often, it feels so far away. We start to wonder, "Will I never find any?"

Hope. Just saying the word fills you with a myriad of emotions, doesn’t it? You either feel a peace that passes all understanding because you’ve discovered hope, or you’re struggling to breathe because you’ve lost hope altogether.  Sometimes we look at life, and the difficult circumstances we are presently in with our children, and feel as though we’ll never find our way through this. But what if we told you, there is hope. And, you can find it!

We want to invite you to join us for a free online event, happening March 1st-10th, 2017, called The Hope Summit. It’s free to join and will take place entirely online, so you don’t have to travel anywhere. The Summit will feature 10 real-life people, just like you, who have gone through some of the toughest, most defeating, life circumstances, but have found hope in the middle of them. Their stories of courage in the midst of dark moments will inspire you.

From March 1st through the 10th we will share a new story everyday. Here’s who you will meet…

  • Lisa Qualls. Lisa is a birth mother, foster parent, adoptive and biological parent. She and her husband Russ have traveled through major ups and downs on the journey, including the devastating loss of their daughter in a car accident in 2014.
  • Mark and Michelle McKinney. Mark and Michelle followed the calling to adopt just a few years into their marriage. They decided to adopt children who were HIV positive. This decision caused many to raise their eyebrows. But Mark and Michelle pushed ahead and are now a voice of advocacy for HIV awareness.
  • Jason Jones. Five years ago Jason faced unimaginable tragedy when his 3 year old son died in a tragic accident at their home. In the years since, Jason has become a beacon of hope, telling their heartbreaking story but using it to infuse others with hope.
  • Tricia Collins. As a teenager, Tricia bounced from foster home to foster home and did everything in her power to get herself kicked out of each home. On paper she was considered hopeless. But after one loving couple extended unbelievable grace and love to her, her life changed forever. But not for many years after.
  • Karen Anderson. As a foster parent who has cared for numerous kids from vulnerable places, Karen knows the ups and downs of this journey. She has seen the very dark places of disorders like FASD and attachment. But she has discovered hope in the middle of it.
  • Courtney Westlake. Several years ago, Courtney became an unexpected special needs parent. As she and her husband were preparing for the birth of their second child, life threw them a major curveball and they had to learn to live in an unforeseen new normal.
  • Rachel Lewis. As a foster and adoptive parent, Rachel and her husband dreamed of bringing home their forever child. But when plans didn’t work out the way they thought they would, they were forced to say goodbye to the child they had given their home and heart to. It was devastating but there was unexpected hope in the middle of the ashes.
  • Jesse and Andrea DeBoer. In the beginning days of their journey they never could expect that their joyful decision to adopt would become years of waiting. Jesse and Andrea have both been to the darkest places of wondering, hoping, pleading, and almost total abandonment. But they have overcome and found peace and hope as a result.
  • Carrie Blaske. Not that long ago, Carrie, a fellow foster and adoptive mother, found herself overwhelmed and exhausted to the point of not being able to function, or care for her family. In the midst of this, she decided to make massive changes. She discovered the healing power of self-care, and the great need for community.
  • Tara Bradford. Tara was adopted at a very young age from South Korea but soon found herself in the middle of a failing marriage between her parents. For years she wrestled through self-blame, identity issues, and missing purpose. But she found hope and healing when she discovered where her true identity was found, and the purpose she was put on this earth to accomplish.

We can’t wait for you to hear the amazing and powerful stories of our guests. We must warn you though- the Summit will only be available for a limited time, and will close down for good on March 10th. After that, the only way you will be able to watch the videos will be through our new online support site, Oasis Community. So, don’t wait to join. There’s plenty of space for you. If you’re looking for encouragement and inspiration on the sometimes defeating journey of foster care, adoption, and special needs parenting, you will find it through The Hope Summit!

Are you looking for hope? Got any questions about the upcoming Summit? Leave us a comment in the comment section below.

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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.