The Seattle Refresh Conference

Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA
3/2/18 – 3/3/18

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Conference Pricing

Early Bird


vaild until 11/12/17

Regular Price


valid 11/13/17–2/25/18

Late Price


valid 2/26/18 – at the conference

*Professionals can earn Continuing Education Credits at an additional cost. Find out more info.

-Sorry, we are not accepting any more scholarship applications.-

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Refresh 2018 Conference Schedule

TimeEventIntended Audience
9:00am–5:00pmThe Mystery of Risk:
Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy, and the Vulnerable Child

– Dr.Ira Chasnoff and Kristin Berry
Caregivers and Professionals
9:00am-3:00pmOrphan Care Seminar
– Guest speaker: Jason Johnson and hosted by UGM-Seattle
Pastors, Ministry Leaders and Caregivers
1:00pm-5:00pmPreparing to Foster or Adopt: Five Things You Need to Know
– Dr. David and Jayne Schooler
6:00pm-9:00pmSingle Parent Dinner and Meet UpSingle Parent Caregivers
6:30pm-9:00pmFight Night
– Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott
8:45amFirst Timer's Meet & Greet
9:30amGeneral Session #1
11:30amBreakout Session #1
12:30pmLunch (on your own)
2:00pmBreakout Session #2
3:15pmBreakout Session #3
4:30pmGeneral Session #2
6:30-9:00pmMeToo Group meetups
8:00amMom2Mom, Dad's Early Morning
9:30amGeneral Session #3
11:30amBreakout Session #4
11:30am-2:00pmResource Fair
12:30pmLunch (on your own)
2:00pmBreakout Session #5
3:15pmBreakout Session #6
4:30pmGeneral Session #4

Welcome to Refresh Seattle

We understand what it’s like to raise kids who come from traumatic pasts. We know firsthand what it’s like to make the sacrifices. To be weighed down with shame and sheer exhaustion. We know. We are right there with you. That’s why we started Refresh back in 2011.

Some people say Refresh shouldn’t be called a conference because it really is more of an experience. And you know what? They might be right. So, call it whatever you want, but just come and check it out.

Come join more than a thousand people who truly get it. They get you. You don’t have to explain a thing. Come join us and be encouraged by amazing worship, fellowship, and teaching. Be equipped by expert trainings in the stuff that matters most to you. Lastly, be REFRESHED by hundreds of volunteers who want nothing more than to see the light come back on in your eyes, the spring in your step return, and the hope fill your heart. You can do this. We can do this. Come and be refreshed.

You are not alone.

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Breakout Session Speakers


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March 1st, 2018 from 6:30pm-9:00pm

What is Fight Night?

A fun date night for couples of any age or stage. Filled with humor, fresh insight, and practical, new strategies for turning conflict into a means for deeper intimacy. Les and Leslie are authentic master communicators. Couples will laugh while they learn new ways to instantly improve relationship. And did we mention you will have a blast while gaining practical tips to strengthen communication.

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Orphan Care Seminar

Pre-Conference Intensive
Thursday from 9am-3pm

Cost: $25 includes lunch and snacks
Guest speaker: Jason Johnson from Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO).
Sponsored by Union Gospel Mission (UGM)-Seattle and Refresh Conference.

Register Here

Therapy Certificate Program

A 5 day course offered by Deborah Gray, MSW, MPA, in the area of attachment and trauma focused therapy

Monday, February 26th, 2018
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Info & Register Here

Frequently Asked Questions

Refresh is a Christian conference designed for foster and adoptive parents, kinship providers, grandparents, and others who care for orphaned and vulnerable children. We understand firsthand that this journey can be difficult and lonely. The Refresh Conference is a time for you to escape from the distractions and chaos of life and be physically, emotionally, spiritually refreshed, and inspired. Refresh is not a foster/adoptive recruiting conference. It is all about supporting parents like you on your post placement journey.

The Refresh Seattle Conference is a Christian conference hosted by Overlake Christian Church, but the conference is not limited to only people of the same faith. All are welcome.

During the conference there are 4 main sessions, plus a variety of workshops broken into breakout sessions , on topics designed specifically to equip you on this journey.