Family Ministries Information

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deut. 6:4-9

WECA Family ministries is about equipping parents.  We believe that children are a gift from God and that God chose you to raise your particular children whether they came to you biologically or through adoption. We desire to come alongside you providing tools, advice, and understanding to help you raise children with strong biblical values.

We do this through various methods like:

  • Baby Dedication
  • Life group topics
  • Courses/Conferences
  • Resources
  • Talk to a pastor
Baby Dedication Request

 

Family Resources

 

More Family/Children Resources

 

Adoption/Foster Care Ministries

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling God sets the lonely in families  Psalm 68:5-6

We understand that raising children can at times be a daunting experience and with children from hard places this is even more true. We are here to help you understand the unique challenges that children from foster care/adoption face and how to parent them effectively. We also believe that it’s the heart of God to see these children in loving families. Whether you are interested in finding out more about the process of fostering or adoption, or whether you need practical help or support we’re here for you.

  •  Foster/Adoption Information
  • Life Groups
  • Resources
  • Talk to a pastor
Adoption Resources

 

Empowered To Connect Parent Training

Empowered To Connect (ETC) Parent Training is an interactive learning experience designed specifically for adoptive and foster parents. The ETC Parent Training was developed by Michael & Amy Monroe and relies heavily on the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleagues at the TCU Institute of Child Development.
ETC Parent Training equips parents with a holistic understanding of their child’s needs and development while empowering them with the tools and strategies to effectively meet those needs, build trust, and help their child heal and grow. The training is taught from a Christian perspective and focuses on a wide range of topics and issues relevant to adoptive and foster parents, 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.
Ultimately, ETC Parent Training integrates this holistic understanding with the insights and skills parents need to effectively and consistently employ a balanced parenting approach that allows them to provide compassionate discipline that both connects and corrects.

Session Topics & Training Requirements

Empowered To Connect Parent Training Connect meets for nine weeks.  The course is taught in an interactive small group that meets weekly for two hour sessions.
The Connect Course includes the following nine sessions designed for parents who have already adopted:

  • Building a Foundation of Connection
  • Understanding What Your Child Brings to the Relationship
  • Examining What You Bring to the Relationship (Part 1)
  • Examining What You Bring to the Relationship (Part 2)
  • Discovering the Heart of Connection – Attachment
  • Focusing on the Needs of the Whole Child
  • Putting It All Together: Connecting While Correcting (Parts 1-3)

During the in-class sessions participants cover the above material contained in the ETC Parent Training Manual. In addition, the in-class sessions are supplemented by weekly assignments, including reading and a variety of participatory “at-home” exercises.

As you embark on this journey of adoption and fostering, it’s vitally important you explore your own motivations and expectations. Hear from Michael Monroe then talk with your spouse about your own motivations and expectations surrounding fostering and adoption.

 

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