“Bottom line is, even if you see them coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does.
So, what are we, helpless? Puppets? Nah. The big moments are gonna come, you can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's
when you find out who you are." - Joss Whedon

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Conference Speaker Highlight - Bernie Dorsey

Bernie Dorsey is the Founder and Program Coordinator of Conscious Fathering, a program of Parent Trust for Washington Children.

Mr. Dorsey will be offering his popular class for today's fathers who are anxious to take an active and early role in parenting.
In 1999, I developed a program to help men be better prepared to meet the challenges of new fatherhood and to parent in partnership with mom. The idea is simple: It is impossible to be a competent partner in caring for a new baby if you know little or nothing about infants. So this program, Conscious Fathering, gives expectant fathers a chance to play a little – and in some cases a lot – of catch up.

In the Conscious Fathering class, the first thing these men learn is that there is only one thing they cannot do, and that’s breastfeed. So for two and a half hours, they learn as much as possible about everything else. We concentrate on the very basics of what their infants need and on how we meet those needs. Every attendee receives a doll, a onesie, sleeper or jumper, a diaper, a washcloth and a receiving blanket to use during the class. During the next couple of hours, he will practice what it takes competently and confidently care for their new baby.
-Bernie Dorsey, VIEWPOINT: Conscious Fathering Skills – and More – for New Dads,Puget Sound Parent, June 2006

Monday, July 14, 2008

One Miracle at A Time - Seattle 2008


Don't miss it! Families Supporting Adoption Conference! August 8th and 9th.

Some of our speakers will include …

  • - The Emotional Rollercoaster of Adoption – Lisa Sharp
  • - Have No Fear: Establishing Comfortable Connections and Relationships with Birth Families – Aura Lee Loveland
  • - Conscious Fathering - Bernie Dorsey, Parent Trust for Washington Children

August 8th

- 1:00 to 5:00 – Adoption Workshops
- 6:00p to 7:00 – Dinner
- 7:30 to 8:30 – Concert featuring Michael McLean (There is no charge for the concert. Due to limited seating, we are requiring separate registration from the conference. Seating starts at 7:00, the concert beginning at 7:30.)

August 9th

- 10:00 to 4:00 – Broadcast from Salt Lake, Lunch, and more adoption workshops. Entertainment by new artist Diane Burbach.

Conference Sessions will be held at the
Bellevue SOUTH Stake Center
(behind the Seattle Temple)
15205 SE 28th St.
Bellevue, WA 98007

Dinner and Performances will be held at the
Bellevue Stake Center
(2 miles north of the Seattle Temple)
14536 Main St.
Bellevue, WA 98014


$30 per person / Michael McLean concert is free


Register now at http://seattlefsa2008.eventbrite.com/
(Please remember that if you register for the conference, you must also register for the Michael McLean concert to insure seating.)

Registration fee due July 24th.

Please mail to: LDS Family Services, Attn. Nickie Wood, 220 S. 3rd Pl., Renton, WA 98057-2405
or call LDS Family Services at (425) 228-0074 to pay with a credit card.


Larissa Peay
Seattle Washington FSA Co-Chair

The greatest trust that can come to a man and woman is to have placed in their keeping the life of a little child. --President David. O. McKay