Past Speaking/Training Events
Waukesha County Health and Human Services
On Wednesday, February 22nd, Karen attending an Ambassador recruitment meeting at the Waukesha Dept of Health and Human Services to promote their 2017 campaign to recruit 40 new foster families in Waukesha county by the end of the year. Prior to the meeting, Karen was asked to introduce Chosen to the audience. What an unexpected and incredible opportunity!
Avalon Square Brown Bag Seminar
We were invited to a Brown-bag Lunch seminar at Avalon Square in Waukesha, WI on Wednesday, January 4th. Karen shares her Dear Lois journey and talked about adoption, fostering and Chosen!
Avalon Square Craft/Arts Fair
On November 12th, we officially kicked off "Friends of Chosen" and sold "Dear Lois" books as well as hand-crafted Christmas cards, tags and Tree of Life necklaces all to benefit Chosen.
Lakes Church, Auburn, NY
Karen was given the blessing of speaking at Lakes Church, in Auburn, NY on August 28th (2016). She shared her testiimony and how Chosen is putting their hands and feet to serving the Lord by providing support and services to adoptive and foster families. Thank you, Lakes Church, for your support and encouragement!
We have participated in a few events for the Milwaukee chapter of Catholic Charities. In November, 2015, Mali participated in a panel discussion with perspective adoptive parents. In January, 2016, Karen and Mali participated in an adoptive/foster parent support group meeting. Then in April, 2016, we were blessed to have attended a birthmother's retreat where we spoke on a panel.
Waukesha Bible Church
Karen, Amalie and Jason were invited to introduce "Dear Lois" and Chosen to the congregation during a luncheon time on Sunday, August 2nd. Karen and Amalie were invited to WBC's women's fall events in October as the key-speakers talking about hope in Christ. Chosen is considered to be an Outreach Ministry for Waukesha Bible Church.
New Ulm, MN Area Book Tour
In February, 2016, Karen and Mali traveled to New Ulm, MN where Mali was born and where the start of the family's passion for adoption began! 3 events were held:
Gallery 512 Boutique - Mankato, MN - Book signing
Martin Luther College Student Center - Student/Author meet and greet
New Ulm Public Library Presentation/meet and greet
Bethany Christian Services
In February, 2016, we provided training about Adoption Networking to a group of persepective adoptive parents.
Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
Karen was been invited by the Coalition to talk about "Dear Lois" and plans for Chosen, Inc. at a September, 2015 meeting. The Coalition supports people who are changing kids' lives through foster care and adoption by connecting them with the resources that provide information, training and education and support they need to succeed and excel in their unique, challenging and rewarding role. Karen and Amalie presented webinar training in December, 2015 (Making Season Bright - Adoption and the Holidays) for adoptive/foster families.