(A more detailed schedule is included with your conference packet. Schedule subject to change)
Food Trucks Available
Breakout Session 1
Evening Worship Session
Breakout Session 2
Lunch and Vendor Connect
Breakout Session 3
We're so excited to bring you some of today's most influential voices in the kinship, foster, and adoption spheres. We trust you'll be blessed, inspired, and challenged by all they bring to the conference.
Tori Hope Petersen
Tori’s experience in foster care as a former foster youth, foster care advocate, and foster mom fuels her life’s passion to advocate for those who society would consider the “least of these.” Her heart is burdened for the foster care community, foster youth, vulnerable youth, and suffering families.
She shares her life with hopes to let Abba Father be known through stories, to offer hope to the hurting, and to serve people who are often ostracized and left out.
main stage, keynote
Susan is a Family Minister, Coach, Communicator, wife, adoptive mom and author who believes people were created on purpose for a purpose and delights in cheering them on.
Her book, 'A Wanderer's Journey: When Grief Enters' speaks to how grief changes you. How your love increases for your circle of people. And how you learn the sacredness of holding space for grief and the physical, spiritual, and emotional impact it has. Susan's prayer is it serves people walking the path of grief or people holding hands with those who are brokenhearted.
“In my 25 years of serving vulnerable children and their families, the Entrusted Conference was the best adoption conference that I have ever attended! What made it most valuable was the compassion, understanding, commitment and support demonstrated to those who want to adopt, who have adopted, those who serve in the field as workers, as well as those who had the courage to give up their rights for the sake of their biological children’s prosperity. All in the same room at the same time being poured into and celebrated!!! I was completely blown away and tremendously blessed!!!”
“This was my first time attending the Entrusted Conference and I cannot imagine missing any in the future. I can’t wait for the next one! I walked away feeling rejuvenated and ready to continue this work (for me, foster care). I didn’t realize it was a Christian-based Conference and I so appreciated the worship, prayer, and Scripture throughout the event. The lunch, breakfast items, snacks, flavored water, coffee, and cupcakes were a nice treat. I only regret not getting a massage (free massages were available on-site). Thank you so much for bringing so many awesome speakers!”
“I was reluctant to go. I've been to so many conferences that turned out to be a waste of time and money. But, when we won tickets, I kind of felt like we had to go, lol. And WOW, was I wrong about being reluctant. I left feeling encouraged and empowered. I can't wait to buy tickets so we can attend next year.”
Pre-conference: "Faith and Healing in the Depths of Trauma" with Fred Liggin and Barbara Stewart
Other accommodations are available nearby.
Distance to Venue
About a 5 minute walk.
Holiday Inn Express
Refresh and reconnect at our Chesapeake hotel with complimentary breakfast, on-site fitness center, and outdoor pool.
Distance to Venue
Less than a 5 minute walk.
Delta by Marriott
This upscale hotel is across the road from the Conference Venue, a mile from Indian River Park and 10 miles from Norfolk Waterside District.
There are a variety of quality option for lodging near the conference venue. We've highlighted our top two suggestions and provided other nearby options for you to choose from.