Events & Updates
September 10

The Drop Box DVDs now available!

September 10

Beyond Adoption event September 27th

September 10

Empowered to Connect Parent Training starting Sept 24th

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The Drop Box DVDs now available!

thedropboxfilm.ca

September 10, 2015

12:00 am – 12:00 am

EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS SACRED AND WORTHY OF LOVE

Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, every year, forgotten by the surrounding culture.

The Drop Box is a documentary about the work of Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect his community’s most vulnerable children. By installing a drop box outside his home, Pastor Lee provides a safe haven to babies who would otherwise be abandoned on the streets to die.

It’s a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical and emotional toll associated with providing refuge to save those deemed unwanted by society.

But it’s also a story of hope. And a celebration of the reality that every human life is sacred, has a purpose and is worthy of love.

Available now on DVD. 

Beyond Adoption: The role of the Church in the lives of Calgary's at risk children

Parkdale Grace Fellowship, 2610 1 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0C4

September 27, 2015

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

You are invited to a very special evening hosted by End the Wait Calgary and Parkdale Grace Fellowship. Learn how you can:

  • Understand the heart of an adopted child
  • Bring wholeness and healing to children at risk
  • Be the hands and feet of Christ in Calgary

Everyone is welcome at this free community event taking place Sunday, Sept. 27th at Parkdale Grace Fellowship, 2610 1st Ave NW. 

Childcare provided with advance request to Alyssa at End the Wait Calgary. We hope to see you there!

Empowered to Connect Parent Training

Centre Street Church

September 24, 2015

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Empowered To Connect (ETC) Parent Training is an interactive learning experience designed specifically for adoptive and foster parents. Parents of children that have experienced trauma or that are having difficulty with traditional parenting will also benefit.

The training is taught from a Christian perspective and focuses on a wide range of topics and issues including helping parents understand the impact of their child’s history, what they themselves bring to the parent-child relationship, the fundamentals of attachment, the impact of fear, and the importance of meeting their child’s sensory processing, nutritional and other physiological needs.

There are two sessions running this fall and there is a fee for workshop supplies. All are welcome:


First Alliance Church, 12345 40 St SE
Begins Wednesday October 7
Contact Colleen at FAC Adoption & Foster Care Ministry

Centre Street Church, 3900 2 St NE
September 24 to November 19, Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Contact Pastor Randy Burtis for more details or to register

Volunteers needed! Get involved with The Drop Box Film

HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Drop Box is a powerful message of hope and love that may change the very way you think about life. We want as many people as possible to come out to theatres across Canada on March 4 and 5, 2015, and see God’s love revealed through the true story of Pastor Lee Jong-rak.

Here’s how you can get involved:

PRAY

The greatest thing you can do is pray! Pray that Canadians from coast to coast will share this film with their friends, family and neighbours, and come out to see it in theatres. Pray that they’ll be moved by the profound truth of God’s love revealed in Pastor Lee Jong-rak’s story – the truth that every human life is sacred and worthy of love. And pray that they will be inspired to pour out love in their own communities.

SIGN UP FOR EMAIL UPDATES

Tickets for The Drop Box go on sale in mid-January, and we want to make sure you’ll be kept up-to-date with the release of this profound documentary. Sign up for email reminders and don’t miss your chance to learn more about Pastor Lee, buy tickets for yourself and get group sales for your friends, family, neighbours and small group. SIGN UP NOW.

SHARE THE FILM TRAILER

Share this film with your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues, and help bring awareness to the global issue of protecting and promoting the dignity of human life. Click here for resources like posters, bulletin inserts and more to help you spread the word.

The Drop Box Film- a unique movie event

Cineplex Theatres across North America

March 4, 2015

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS SACRED AND WORTHY OF LOVE

Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, every year, forgotten by the surrounding culture.

The Drop Box is a documentary about the work of Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect his community’s most vulnerable children. By installing a drop box outside his home, Pastor Lee provides a safe haven to babies who would otherwise be abandoned on the streets to die.

It’s a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical and emotional toll associated with providing refuge to save those deemed unwanted by society.

But it’s also a story of hope. And a celebration of the reality that every human life is sacred, has a purpose and is worthy of love.

Presented by Focus on the Family Canada. Want to get involved? Find out more at thedropboxfilm.ca

THE GIFT OF REST: Short-term care for foster and adoptive children

Glamorgan Church, 4715 45 St SW, Calgary, AB

November 4, 2014

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Can you give the gift of rest to a foster or adoptive family? Short-term care provides a much needed Sabbath rest for parents who welcome home children from hard places. Explore ways to get involved as our team of experienced short-term care-givers provide inspiration and information on how we can all serve in both big and small ways. 

Everyone is welcomed to this Focus on the Family Canada event. Refreshments will be provided so please plan to come, meet and fellowship with a caring community seeking to serve vulnerable children in Calgary.   

Contact Alyssa for more information or join the conversation on Facebook.  

SUPER SPECIAL SIBLINGS: Five ways to prepare your family to welcome home a new child through fostering or adopting

Glamorgan Church, 4715 45 St SW, Calgary, AB

November 3, 2014

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Welcoming home a child through fostering or adoption impacts everyone in your family. Many parents wonder about the children they already have in their home. How will this new sibling impact them? 


End the Wait Calgary creates safe spaces for parents to explore adoption and fostering. Join our panel of experienced parents, professionals and siblings as they share in this FREE inspiring and informative evening. Discover 5 practical ways you can prepare your family to welcome a child through fostering or adopting

HOME ALONE: What happens to unadopted children?

Brentview Baptist Church, 3512 Charleswood Drive NW

October 2, 2014

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

When children in foster care grow too old for the government system they “age out” into independence, often navigating the bumpy road of adulthood alone. You are invited to join Focus on the Family Canada’s End the Wait Calgary team as we explore practical ways to wrap around youth aging out of care. Even if you don't feel called to foster or adopt, there is a place for you in serving Calgary's vulnerable children and youth.

Everyone is welcomed to this Focus on the Family Canada event. Contact Alyssa at alyssah@fotf.ca for more information. Free childcare available if you need it (please request in advance). 

Join the conversation on Facebook and invite others to join us as together we change the future--and the present--for Calgary's unadopted children.

Becoming a Trauma-Competent Healing Parent

Brentview Baptist Church

May 30, 2014

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

ONE-DAY INTENSIVE WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS

David and Jayne Schooler’s journey into the world of foster care and adoption began with a simple question from a 14 year old boy. "Would you become my foster parents?"

Agreeing to become foster parents in 1978 set the course for life experiences that continue today. Jayne's passion for over 20 years has been the training and education of adoption and foster care professionals and families. She is a sought after conference speaker and the author/co-author of six books in the adoption field including one of her best known books, Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families.

WHAT TO EXPECT

This intensive one-day workshop introduces the essential skills of trauma-informed care, defines types of trauma, and examines the impact of trauma on child development. This workshop will introduce parenting strategies and tools within the context of trauma informed care. Incorporating skills from Trust Based Relational Intervention--developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the TCU Institute of Child Development--participants will gain practical knowledge and experience to manage the emotional and behavioural needs of traumatized children.

Workshop registration ($39) includes lunch, breaks and materials. Space is limited - register online today so you don't miss out. 

Free Calgary-wide brunch event for foster and adoptive families

First Alliance Church

March 8, 2014

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

It Takes a Village- the foster care and adoption ministry at First Alliance Church- is hosting a free brunch event for foster and adoptive families in Calgary. It's an opportunity to meet other adoptive and foster families, be encouraged and get to know the community of believers in Calgary caring for kids through foster care and adoption. Enjoy a continental breakfast and let the kids burn off some energy in a bouncy castle while building friendships with children who can relate to their life journeys. 

Please RSVP on the FAC website by March 2 so there are accurate numbers for the caterer: to register. The event is listed as "It Takes a Village Family Social" under Events - Registration and Tickets. There is no cost, they just want to have an idea of how many people to prepare for. It's going to be a great morning- you don't want to miss it!

What does "unadoptable" mean?

Because one child waiting is one child too many.