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Adoptive Families’ Retreat

October 30-November 1, 2020

This event is canceled.

“Loved getting to meet and spend time with other adoptive families.”

-Attendee of Adoptive Families' Retreat

A retreat for adoptive families to come together through recreational activities and worship.

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” —Forest E. Witcraft

Every family is filled with love, milestones and celebrations. But, as an adoptive family, you also face unique family dynamics.

So join us for a weekend getaway, where you’ll meet other families who came together through adoption, share your stories, meet our experienced leaders and make connections for the future.

Not only will you learn each family member’s love language, you will also create family art projects and take on the ropes course. You will also play games, trick-or-treat, make s’mores during our exclusive fall festival!

This retreat is led by Mo-Ranch staff and will include presentations by Sharon Mock, a licensed therapist who specializes in adolescent mental health and Lori Van Roo, president of the Council on Adoptable Children of Texas

Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or

Sharon Mock, licensed therapist

As a therapist, one needs a compassionate heart for helping people heal brokenness in their lives, and make lasting changes to live and not just exist. Sharon’s practice stands by this philosophy. She has worked with hospital and private practice clinical settings providing individual, family, and couples treatment for adolescent, adult and elder mental health issues. I have presented workshops on the national, state and local levels in the areas of family relationship issues, adolescent issues and the education of the emotionally disturbed student in public education.

Sharon has completed extensive research on the mental health issues adolescents face, which allows her to approach the family counseling setting in a positive way. A licensed therapist for 30 years, she is the author of  Academic Success of the Emotionally Disturbed Student.




Lori Van Roo, Council on Adoptable Children of Texas

Lori Van Roo is the president of Council on Adoptable Children of Texas, whose mission is to support adoptive families through education, networking and advocacy to enhance family wellness. She understands the importance of finding a village to come alongside of you while you are in the trenches of parenting, and through the COAC, she has found great mentors and lifelong friends.

Lori is both an adoptive mother and a birth mother — she adopted her two sons shortly before moving from California to Texas. She also has a close relationship with her daughter, who was adopted by a family in 1999.

Lori has served on various child welfare boards, and committees and volunteers her time with Royal Family Kids Austin #19 as their placemen coordinator for their summer foster children camp, volunteer coordinator with Care Portal, a resource tool for CPS and the faith-based community to bridge gaps to help families in need.

She lives in Jarrell, Texas with her husband of 13 years with their two sons, Nathan, 19, and Joshua, 17, their three dogs, Scout, Kimber and Fiona, and two cats Patches and Miko. In her free time she sews, makes jewelry, personalized tumblers and handmade home décor through her business Craftybug.


Stephen McCracken, Field Instructor

Stephen attended North Idaho College and received degrees in history and outdoor leadership. He is also a National Outdoor Leadership School, Australia alumni.

Previously, Stephen managed a zip line course in Indiana for two years and was certified as a white-water kayaking instructor in Idaho. Since he joined Mo in 2015, Stephen has worked as a lead counselor for our Teen Day Camp and as a field instructor for our environmental leadership program. He currently serves as a lead field instructor.

Stephen loves the sense of community at Mo and enjoys working with people from all different walks of life. He enjoys being able to share his love and passion for the outdoors with our visiting students.



Billy Abbate, Field Instructor

Billy has had a passion for Mo-Ranch for 15 years.

Billy started attending Mo-Ranch Summer Camp when he was 10-years-old. Then, as soon as he turned 19, he signed up to be a summer camp counselor. Now, Billy is working at Mo-Ranch as a lead field instructor for the Environmental Leadership Program.

For Billy, who studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder and has a degree in psychology with an emphasis on education, the job matches his two passions — the great outdoors and teaching.

Adoptive Families Retreat 2020 Schedule

*This schedule is subject to change.

Cost and Housing

First Adult: $380

Each additional person: $95

Please call regarding children under 4-years-old.

Prices include tuition, meals and lodging.

You will be in hotel-style lodging, and if you need more than one room, you will pay the first adult price for each room.

After receiving your registration, a member of our team will contact you within seven business days to confirm additional details such as housing requests (roommates), dietary needs, etc.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.




Full refund minus administrative fee up to $75 per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the amount paid toward other charges or future conferences.

What to Bring

Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer and rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.


Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

Click here for directions to Mo.


Make sure to stop by the Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly bookstore during your conference to pick out a souvenir!



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