Thank you for joining us for the
Refresh Conference 2020!

Refresh is an annual women’s conference designed to create community for those caring

for the modern-day orphan according to the heart of the Father.

Don't miss Refresh 2022 We are taking 2021 off to Refresh!

Mark you calendars for our next conference February 19-20, 2021.

Early bird registration opens in October!

Vendor registration will open in October!

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2020 Featured Speakers

Michelle Vernon

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rob mitchell

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ruth mcwhite

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2020 Breakout Sessions


The Refresh Conference is founded BY women and is FOR women.  Our desire is to facilitate a conference that brings refreshing to the hearts of women who are walking this worthy and weighty journey of orphan care. It all began in 2012 when local adoptive mom Traci Weldie was stirred to see a foster/adoptive conference in the Upstate and invited her foster and adoptive mom friend, Tammy Carlisle, to help her make this dream a reality.  Our first conference was in January 2013 and we prayed that SOMEONE would show up – we were thrilled to have 20 women in attendance!  Now we are expecting 250 women to join us in February 2020 for our seventh annual conference!

• women considering opening their home to children • foster moms • adoptive moms • GAL’s/social workers/etc. • kinship caregivers • ministry leaders
We understand firsthand that this journey can feel difficult and lonely.  Our desire is for you to feel connected and reminded that you are NOT alone!  The Refresh Conference is a time for you to be refreshed, encouraged and inspired by like-minded women who understand your journey. We love this quote by C.S. Lewis, “Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’”
At Refresh Conference, you will experience inspiring and challenging keynote speakers, relevant and practical breakout sessions, and sweet fellowship with other women who can relate with your unique lifestyle. 

The cost of the Refresh Conference is $99. We offer an “early bird” discounted rate of $75 for those who register no later than October 31st. The cost for the conference includes all general sessions, breakouts, conference materials, child care Friday night (if needed), meals, and snacks.

A continental breakfast on Saturday along with a catered lunch and dinner are provided with the cost of the conference. We also try to make sure you have all the snacks, coffee, and water you can imagine all day long!

Friday evening, February 15th

5:45 pm doors open for light desserts and childcare drop off.

6:30 – 8:30 pm Keynote session


Saturday, February 16th

8:00 am doors open for breakfast and registration

9:00 am Conference begins

8:30pm Conference ends – it is a full day, so if you are coming from out of town, be sure to plan to spend the night.


Sunday, February 17th

We would love to invite you to worship with us at First Baptist Simpsonville. Worship times are 8:45, 10:00 and 11:15. You can learn more here

Yes. During registration, you will be able to indicate your need for these credit hours. Certificates will be provided at the end of the conference on Saturday for up to 10 hours of credit.

Children are welcome to attend on Friday evening. Child care is provided at no additional cost. Please register with the necessary details regarding your family by December 31st so the team can plan appropriately.

We have three main speakers as well as 12+ speakers for our breakout sessions. You can find their bios above by clicking on their pictures. 

This conference is designed for adoptive/fostering/waiting moms, for women thinking about adopting/fostering, and for women involved in these ministries at their church and communities. We also have a breakout geared to share information about ministries and organizations (both local and global) that serve the vulnerable and fatherless in our communities. Refresh is also for those who support and care for families who have adopted/fostered (grandmothers, sisters, neighbors, ministry leaders) as we offer insights into how to best love those families.

Unfortunately we will not be able to reimburse you after you register.

We are excited to offer a group discount for groups of 10+ women who want to attend Refresh. Please email us at [email protected] for more information.

Yes. Although we would LOVE for you to be there the whole weekend, we understand schedules can be busy. We do want you to have a few hours at Refresh, so we have opened up a Friday-night-only option. Friday evening is for women and their spouses and we offer childcare for those who register BEFORE February 8, 2020. Cost for Friday night only is $15/person. Attendees who need continuing education hours will receive 2 hours for Friday night.

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Simpsonville, SC