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Entrusted Conference

Entrusted One Day

August 5, 2023


August 5, 2023

Waters Edge Church, Newport News


(A more detailed schedule is included with your conference packet. Schedule subject to change)



Doors Open


Opening Session


Morning Breakouts




Panel Discussion



Midday Session


Midday Breakouts


Vendor Connect


Closing Session


Social Mingle


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 Wanderer

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.

main stage

“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!!!”


Social Worker

“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!”


Foster Parent

“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.”


Local Pastor

Pre-conference: "Faith and Healing in the Depths of Trauma" with Fred Liggin and Barbara Stewart

Other accommodations are available nearby. 

Hampton Inn

Extended Stay America

Staybridge Suites

Wingate by Wyndham

Distance to Venue

Less than a 5 minute drive

Holiday Inn

Rating: 4.3/5

Our perfect location across from Newport News City Center leaves you moments away from exciting activities, events, shopping, dining, and nightlife with exceptional customer service.


Distance to Venue

Less than a 5 minute drive


Rating: 4.3/5

Maximize your comfort and minimize travel stresses when you stay at our hotel, the Newport News Marriott at City Center. Our hotel is located in City Center with easy access to popular destinations.



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.

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Marriage and the Challenges of Parenting Vulnerable Children

Single Parenting: When Tapping Out Isn't an Option

Hair Care 101

Fitness + Food for Mood

When Your Child Needs More: Pursuing Residential Treatment

Kinship | Caring for a Family Member's Child

FASD and In-Utero Exposure

The 5 B's of Trauma and 5 Tips for Today


  • Entrusted One Day
    Sat, Aug 05
    Waters Edge Church, Newport News
    Entrusted Conference is all-new for 2023! New location, new format, new pricing model! Get your tickets now and make plans to join us for this high-impact, one-day conference for kinship, foster, and adoptive parents. Find your community. Be encouraged. Feel seen.
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