2023 Family Strengthening Conference

The 2023 Family Strengthening Conference was incredible. Big thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, and staff that made it all happen.

2023 Sponsors

Timberline Church logo
Rotary Club of Fort Collins Foothills
Rotary Club of Fort Collins
Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
Chick-fil-A Fort Collins
Qdoba Mexican Eats
Project 1.27
Ticket to Dream Foundation
Lutheran Family Services
Weld County Department of Human Services

Thank you to our special guests that made the children’s day extra special

Caring Canines
Merry Makers
Lighthouse Dance Studio

Our 2024 date will be coming soon.

Saturday, October 21, 2023
9:00 am – 2:00 pm


Timberline Church
Fort Collins, CO

At our Family Strengthening Conferences, trained instructors present a research-based curriculum to the parents that qualifies for parent continuing education units (CEU’s).

While adults receive their training, children and youth attend SuperHero Academy and Finally Home Solid Rock Students Programs. Due to the diversity of programs, participants can attend as a whole family, removing the need to find specialized childcare.

This years conference will focus on Survival Skills for Healthy Families: Parents as Models.

Child and Teen Tracks will focus on kindness.

What’s included:


    Lunch and refreshments.


    Valuable resources at the event and after.


    Five (5) hours of foster parent education credits toward filling annual requirement (while this is a benefit, even if you don’t need CEUs you are welcome and encouraged to attend).*


    Connection with fellow parents and families.

    *All Finally Home training qualifies for certified parenting education/licensing credit. Certificate provided at the end of the event. Participants are responsible for securing course approval by qualifying agency if attending for foster parent licensing credits. Finally Home can provide curriculum information upon request.


    Came to the event feeling depleted and left feeling rejuvenated with more tools in my tool belt. Now I don’t feel so alone in the fostering process.

    - Sherry

    Thank you for the excellent program! It was well done, supportive, and very generous! I will use this information to assist guests at my job. It will enable me to help my daughters with their foster children!

    - Katherine

    I was thinking about the first time I came to a Finally home family strengthening event. We were new to foster care. It seemed like we had enough people prying into our personal lives (home study, county, attorneys, case workers), so I came not wanting to engage with even more people. I put on my ‘don’t talk to me’ face and kept it there most of the day. Kristin wasn’t going to have it. She was very kind and made a great lasting impression. 

    - Ryan

    Learn More About the Individual Tracks

    Adult Track

    This year’s conference will focus on Parents as Models. This course focuses on some of the fun parts of parenting: spending time with our kids, playing, encouraging, and talking together. Parents, like it or not, you are a role model for your children. Children learn by copying what they see other people do. Children are most influenced by the people who spend the most time with them. They learn about themselves through the way they are treated by the adults who raise them and they learn how to treat others. You’ll learn how to:

    • Lead by Example
    • Connect
    • Listen, And…
    • Talk to Your Kids

    Child Track

    Children infants through 5th grade will participate in our SuperHero Academy. The will learn that that Kindness is Cool from SuperHero Sam. 

    Trained volunteers will guide children through engaging SuperHero-themed crafts, activities, music, and small group discussions.

    Teen Track

    Solid Rock Students will do a short service project, discuss the importance of kindness, and go on a fun field trip. Full details will be provided at registration.

    Past outings have included experiences like rock climbing, sports games, equine assisted therapy, ropes courses, hikes, cooking classes, and more.

    Additional Important Information


    Event Location: Timberline Church
    2908 S. Timberline Rd
    Fort Collins, CO 80525


    Check-in begins at 8:30 am


    Event runs from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


    Finally Home is a non-profit whose mission since 2008 is to equip foster, adoptive, and kinship families to build healthy homes where kids can heal. Started by Mark and Kristin Orphan, Finally Home has served nearly 1,500 families. They have benefited from our programs and products, which are designed to give parents the tools they need to help their kids and family thrive. Whether through an encouraging children’s story book, a therapeutic toolkit, or an empowering training, Finally Home’s resources reinforce time-tested skills and characteristics found in healthy families.


    Who should attend this event?
    This event is geared towards foster, adoptive, and kinship families. However, anyone considering one of these tracks or is desiring to support families on this journey is welcome.
    I'm an active foster parent but do not currently have any children placed in my care. Can I still attend?

    Yes! This is a great time to learn and get equipped.

    Do I need to bring anything with me to the event?

    No. However, if you or your child have special dietary needs, please alert the staff and provide food.

    I registered but now I can't make it. What should I do?

    Please email info@finallyhome.net and let us know right away that you need to cancel your registration so that we can open space for other families to attend. Also, consider joining a virtual or on demand training.

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