As we have interacted with foster and adoptive parents through the years, there is one theme that comes through loud and clear – Help! Because of our own experiences, we know that even though there are what we call “Disney World adoptions”, many of us struggle in our journey of parenting children who have faced separation, rejection, neglect, and/or abuse. In the past, we have asked many families what would be most helpful and the overwhelming response has been the need for support, relevant trainings, and a place to find encouragement and families with similar experiences. We heard you and in 2019 are offering the following:

Connecting with Grace

What: A 12 week study/support group/training offered at Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church, 1050 S. York St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, Wednesdays Feb. 6 – April 24, 6:30-8PM. Certificates will be available to foster parents needing training hours. Childcare is offered for infants – PreK.

Description: There are times in parenting that we find ourselves in need of parenting a different way. It may be because we’re parenting a foster or adopted child, or a biological child who experienced known or unknown trauma, or maybe we just have a child who is displaying difficult behaviors. We will look at parenting with connection and grace, or how to “connect, then correct”. With God’s help we will look at our own triggers and healing from our past so we can help our children heal. Part training, part support group, focus will be on “children from hard places”, or those who are fostered or adopted, but any parent will benefit from the connecting principles we discuss.

Sign up: Online at or call the church office at 717-697-0682. Registration opens Dec. 16. A one-time fee of $5 will be charged for each participant, to cover the cost of childcare, whether or not you will use the childcare. If registering after the class begins, just show up. You can jump in at any time. The one-time fee will be collected at your first session. Please bring a 3 ring binder or notebook for hand-outs and a journal.

For more information, contact Cindy King at