North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Created For You Retreat FAQs

Created for You Retreat FAQs

Why should I come?
As a team of fellow foster and adoptive moms we understand the unique joys and challenges this journey brings. We understand the power and importance of a community of women who love Jesus, love their children, and want to be filled for their journey. Every part of this special weekend is designed for you, foster / adoptive Mom. Enjoy meals you don’t have to cook, time in the schedule to sleep in or take a nap, anointed worship that will refresh your soul, and applicable teaching regardless of where you are in your journey.
I don’t know anyone else coming, should I still come?
Yes! There is an immediate fellowship that comes from other women who understand the highs and lows of foster care and adoption. We’ve created many opportunities for you to meet new friends right from the start of the weekend. If it’s solitude your soul craves, no worries, there are plenty of opportunities for that too. Of course, it’s also a great opportunity to invite that foster/adoptive mom friend who may be miles (or states) away for some sweet time together!
Is it mandatory to attend all the sessions?
No. We desire to equip moms for their journeys by offering sessions about topics that are applicable to all stages of the adoption and foster care journey. But if that’s not what you need where you are in your journey, then by all means skip a session. Use your time however you’d like! Take a hike, or a nap. Spend some time chatting with other moms, or get caught up in a good book. This is, Created for You. We want you to make it exactly what you need.
What if I need a late check in? Or have to leave early?
We hope you can take advantage of the whole weekend to intentionally retreat from the busy of your life as a mom, but we absolutely understand that sometimes that’s not possible. If you need a late check in, can’t come until Saturday, need to leave early, or need to leave and come back. . . that’s okay! Feel free to do what you need and enjoy every part of the weekend you can. We ask that if you need a late check in, just let us know so we can make sure someone is available to help you get settled when you arrive. Unfortunately we are unable to make adjustments in the price of the retreat based on schedule modifications.
Is this retreat applicable to me at my part of the journey?
Wherever you are on the journey, yes! Adoption and foster care are lifelong journeys. From the moment you make the decision and begin your paperwork, to finalization, tantrums, teenage years, and empty nesting, parenting kids who have faced loss calls for different types of understanding, compassion, and prayer. God designed us for community and we hope you’ll join us to be a part of the tribe of amazing women on this journey. For women just starting – there’s no better time to dig in and learn from those who have gone before you. For those in the trenches – come breathe, find camaraderie and support. For those wondering, how to support your older children as they navigate the world – you’ll find moms at that stage of the journey too. Come.
What is the dress code?
We want you to be you. If you’re most comfortable wearing yoga pants and an old sweatshirt, do it! If you prefer to be put together with jewelry and make up, that’s great too! Do you. That’s what this weekend is about.
I have special dietary restrictions? Can you accommodate?
Yes! Please include any allergies or restrictions during the registration process. We will work with the retreat center to make accommodations. Attendees will also have access to a refrigerator. If you have specific foods you need to bring, feel free to do that.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Our group will be staying in either the Guesthouse or the Solarhouse (see photos here). Rooms will accommodate 2 or 3 people and have private bathrooms. Linens are included. You’ll be able to request specific roommates during the registration process. A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional cost on a first-come, first-served basis ($100 additional). Once these rooms are filled, the option will be removed from the registration form.
What can I expect after I register?
Plenty of communication! As the retreat nears we will be in touch many times via email, you’ll get access to the exclusive Facebook group to get your questions answered and begin to get to know the other women attending. Before the weekend of the retreat you’ll have receive a packing lists, a playlist of worship songs we’ll use, phone numbers for last-minute emergencies, details about the schedule, and more!
What if the retreat doesn’t fit my budget?
We strive to keep our retreat as economically priced as possible to accommodate every mom who needs to come. Your $200 registration fee includes 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, and all retreat materials. If that is simply not in your budget here are a few ideas:
  • Use SWAN (State Wide Adoption Network) Post Adoption Funds If you are an adoptive family in PA, there are respite funds available to you. Respite doesn’t need to mean that your kids go away, it can mean you do. Contact SWAN at 1-800-585-7926 to request respite services. You can choose the agency you want to work with or allow SWAN to choose it for you. There are many great agencies you can work with. Previous attendees attest to the ease of working with Bethany Christian Services and Pressley Ridge post adoption services for financing the retreat. Feel free to use whomever you prefer. More information can be found here.
  • A limited number of partial scholarships are available through our ministry. If you need a scholarship, and SWAN funds don’t apply for you, we invite you to email us to discuss your needs.
  • Want to help provide a scholarship for another mom attending? Feel free to make a donation to our ministry. (Designate your gift to the “Wexford Campus” with the sub category, “OrphanCare”.) We are committed to providing support for every part of the adoption/foster care journey. We’ll steward your gift to support families.
Have other questions?
Email us. We would be delighted to answer any question, big or small! We want you to be comfortable and confident about this retreat weekend.