From Ann Coffey, UCP Oregon’s Executive Director
Last weekend (November 3-4, 2023), UCP Oregon held our 19th Family Support Conference.
The conference theme was “Reunited,” and that’s exactly what happened—dozens of people (parents, families, caregivers, professionals, and vendors) gathered together. They learned. They connected. They brainstormed and problem solved. They shared their joys and successes.
Katherine Ball, UCP’s Family Support Director, coordinated the entire event. As Katherine shared in the conference program, “Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and let the magic of being ‘Reunited’ happen! This is your chance to visit old friends and make some new, too. You’ll be able to meaningfully discuss the issues we face every day with folks who understand.”
Our Keynote Speaker was Lauren Lowery, a trauma-informed life coach. Lauren assists families of children experiencing disabilities and medical issues to “get out of survival mode and start living a life that is better than they imagined.”
The conference included two days of workshops, on topics such as:
There was a teen/young adult panel; a parent panel; a sibling panel; and moderated sessions for moms and dads.
Although it’s said that “many hands make light work,” the following people deserve a huge shout out for their dedication and ongoing effort: