September 25, 2021
Grace College Campus • Historic Winona Lake, IN
Lost Sparrows Trauma Conference Lost Sparrows Trauma Conference

September 25, 2021
Grace College Campus • Historic Winona Lake, IN

Lost Sparrows Trauma Conference Lost Sparrows Trauma Conference

Lost Sparrows Trauma Conference is designed for foster/adoptive parents, teachers, and anyone that works with children, but especially children that have experienced developmental trauma.

Working with children with challenging behaviors can be exhausting. This conference will provide a day of encouragement, education and connection as you get to know others trying to help children overcome challenges. Foster parents, adoptive parents, educators, caregivers, social workers and anyone wanting to learn about trauma and its effects on children should attend. (And bring a friend!)

This is an in-person conference only and will not be streamed.

We understand that people may have concerns with COVID-19, however, we believe an in-person event will be more impactful than a virtual event. We will be following state-recommended guidelines throughout the conference.


8:15 AM
Check in
9:00 AM
John Fuller
9:10 AM
Foundations of Trauma
Darren & Stacey Gagnon
9:45 AM
Helping Trauma Victims: Knowing and Regulating Our Inner Worlds
Dr. Adam Sáenz
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
Panel discussion
Behaviors in Children - Symptom or Manipulation?
Bryan Post, Christy Irons, Corletta Brown, Johnathon Wattley
12:30 PM
2:00 PM
Finding Hope in the Midst of Trauma
Bryan Post
3:15 PM
Panel discussion
What in the World Were You Thinking?
Dr. David Hoffert, Dr. Rachael Hoffert, Dr. Adam Sáenz, Deanna Nibarger
4:15 PM
4:30 PM
Adoption Story
John Fuller
4:50 PM
Nik's Heart of Hope
Darren & Stacey Gagnon
5:15 PM
Live Q & A
6:00 PM
Darren & Stacey Gagnon
9 CEUs total
Indiana DCS has approved CEUs for the above sessions for all Indiana-licensed foster parents.
Warsaw Community Schools has approved this conference for professional growth points.


June 25th – July 9th
Early Bird
  • Training packet
  • Conference t-shirt
  • First 100 tickets get a swag bag
July 10th – August 31st
  • Training packet
  • Conference t-shirt
  • Swag bag
September 1st – September 15th
  • Training packet
  • Conference t-shirt
  • Swag bag

Groups of 10 or more qualify for a discount until September 1st. Contact for more information.

Travel info

Uber and Lyft do not operate in the area.

Nearby airports
Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA)
Fort Wayne, IN – 44 miles away

South Bend International Airport (SBN)
South Bend, IN – 60 miles away

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
Chicago, IL – 129 miles away

Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR)
Grand Rapids, MI – 129 miles away

Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport (TOL)
Toledo, OH – 130 miles away

Indianapolis International Airport (IND)
Indianapolis, IN – 136 miles away

O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Chicago, IL – 149 miles away

Chestnut House Bed & Breakfast
(574) 268-6388
1 mile away

The Blue Heron Guest House on Winona Lake
(574) 551-3205
3.3 miles away

Wyndham Garden
(574) 269-2323
1.3 miles away

Comfort Inn
(574) 310-8669
1.8 miles away

Hampton Inn
(574) 268-2600
1.2 miles away

Holiday Inn Express
(574) 549-9400
1.9 miles away

Fairfield Inn & Suites Warsaw
(574) 385-2700
4.9 miles away



Mark & Janice Workman
Charitable Fund