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Beauty For Ashes is a restorative retreat that nurtures foster and adoptive moms so they can parent from a place of wholeness. You will connect with other moms who understand the unique joys, and struggles you face as an adoptive or foster mom. During our breakout seminars you will hear from experts teaching on a wide range of topics such as attachment and bonding, trauma, life in a transracial family, and healthy relationships with birth families. Most importantly, you will touch the heart of Jesus through creative quiet time, meaningful worship, and Biblical teaching that will renew your soul.


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Breakout Sessions

Behavior Issues & Mental Health Diagnosis
Dr. Sonji Gregory


 Dr. Sonji Gregory has been a licensed counselor since 2000. Her specialization is in the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and families; primarily in assisting children as they transition through foster care and adoption. She has been a foster care trainer for the Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center since 2009. Dr. Gregory is currently an assistant professor at Malone University in the Counseling and Human Development Department. She has been married for 19 years and has three children.  Dr. Gregory is also an adoptive mother.

Identity & The Adult Adoptee
Patti Solomon
Patti Solomon is a mother of two amazing kids and business women who is also a transracially adopted adult. She volunteers for the Adoption Network Cleveland and has served on the Board of Directors there as well. Patti was adopted at the age of 1. Her family has 11 children, 3 through adoption and 8 biological children. She was adopted through a closed adoption and was able to complete a search of her as biological heritage, locate her birth parent and receive a copy of her original birth certificate in March 2015. Patti has participated in various adult adoptee panels for transracial adoption of the past 15 years. We are extremely excited for her to join us speaking on identity and the adult adoptee.

Bonding & Attachment: The Tale of Two Lives
Stacy Knox & Amy Davis

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Stacy Knox is a social worker who has worked with both domestic and international adoption agenecies in the NE Ohio region. Stacy helped to introduce Amy Davis to the world of adoption, and as a licensed social worker, worked  for the same agency as Stacy for a time. Amy and her husband Greg have adopted 2 sons themselves, one domestically from foster care and the other from China having special needs.

Stacy and Amy will be discussing the importance of Attachment and Bonding both from the perspective of the social worker as well as they adoptive parent. Through their unique decade long friendship they will share their diverse set of experiences about how their children, and other families they have worked with, have navigated the path to secure attachment as well as bonding both for their children as well as the parent.

Releasing Trauma Through Dance
Elu Dance Co.
Victoria Gutbrod


Outside of performing dance, we create experiences where children can experience the power of freedom through movement. Whether for play or for performance opportunities, our participants engage with their body and imagination finding new confidence and perspectives, strength and healing These experiences have been led through kids art camps, programs for vulnerable children in Cleveland and abroad and through movement therapy workshops for trauma survivors.


Victoria Gutbrod MA. LPCC-S is a licensed counselor that specializes in the treatment of complex PTSD and attachment based disorders. She is employed at Emerge Counseling Agency and oversees the team of clinicians that have advanced credentials in the treatment of trauma. Victoria and Elu Dance Co. partnered last year to bring a trauma-informed movement therapy workshop to the women at Rahab Ministries safe house for women. This program was so successful, tha they have been asked to duplicate it for other groups. 

In this 3 hour intensive workshop you will be introduced to the significance that movement has in our early attachment patterns. You will learn about your own patterns of movement in your current circumstances, and how to better navigate your relationship and attachment wounds with your adoptive children. As believers in Christ, Victoria and Elu will teach you how to develip a deeper level of intimacy with God our Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus as you learn to move through this training workshop. and ultimately through life with more intentionality and mindfulness.

Inspired Adoration
spending time with Jesus through creativity
Multi-ethnic panel of adoptees
discussing race, culture, and other issues in transracial adoption


Retreat Info

September 8-10, 2017
Adoptive and Foster Moms

Cost: Before July 1 - $195
Cost: After July 1 - $230
cost includes all lodging, seminars, and meals

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Sample Schedule

4:00 --- Early Registration
7:00pm --- Registration
8:00pm --- Opening Session
9:30pm --- Pin It Party
7:00 --- Restorative stretch/run
8:00 --- Breakfast
9:00am --- Main Session
10:30am --- Snack break/shopping
11:00am --- Breakout Sessions 1
12:30pm --- Lunch
1:30pm --- Breakout Sessions 2
3:00pm --- Free Time
6:00pm --- Dinner
7:30om --- Main Session
9:00pm --- Bonfire & S'mores
8:00am --- Run
8:30am --- Breakfast
10:00am ---Closing Session
11:30am --- Check Out
*schedule and speakers are subject to change