2024 Family Strengthening Conference

Saturday, October 26, 2024
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 year’s conference will focus on Children and Youth in Healthy Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families. (This session addresses self-esteem and healthy family communication.)

*Due to this year’s topic, Children and Youth eight years old and up will spend the morning learning with their parents and caregivers and then join SuperHero Academy starting at lunch until the close of the event at 2pm.

Child and Youth Tracks will focus on the power of kindness. Infants through seven year olds will spend the whole day (9am-2pm) in their age groupings. 

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.

    This is a free event. Registration is required.

    *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.


    This conference provided us with invaluable resources, knowledge, and a supportive community that has truly strengthened our family’s ability to provide a safe and loving environment for foster children. The sessions were informative, and the speakers were passionate and well-informed, leaving us with a deeper understanding of the fostering process. Additionally, the connections we made with other families going through similar journeys were both heartwarming and reassuring. This conference has not only equipped us with the tools and information we need but has also given us a network of support that we cherish. We’re grateful for the impact this conference has had on our family and fostering journey. It’s an event we highly recommend to anyone on a similar path.

    - Arnie & Deb

    Thank you for the excellent program! It was well done, sup also want to add that the information you shared during the family strengthening event was so impactful for our family. My husband and I learned so much and continued to talk about everything afterwards. Thank you for hosting these events and offering such wonderful superhero camp for our kiddos. They also talked about their experience all day and took their cape and mask to the park, where they talked to other children about their experience as well.

    - Esther

    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 Adult Relationships in Healthy Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families. Here we look at two jobs that help strenghten marriage relationships: to “Be a Team” and “Build Your Team.” When you commit to each other, and your relationship, you find ways to deepen intimacy and stay connected. You build your team when you know what you want to say when you want to give yourselves the best chance of getting what you (both) want. You’ll learn how to:

    • Be a Team: Commit
    • Be a Team: Connect
    • Build Your Team: Know What You Want & Say What You Want
    • Build Your Team: Get What You Want & Closing

    Child Track

    Children infants through 5th grade will participate in our SuperHero Academy. They will learn that the power of healthy communication from SuperHero Addi. 

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

    Youth Track

    Solid Rock Students will do a short service project, discuss the importance of healthy communication, 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.

    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

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