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Adoptive Families' Retreat

October 30-November 1, 2020


“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

Families who have chosen to welcome children by adoption are just like every other family. They face the myriad joys and challenges of raising children to be healthy, happy, well-adjusted people who are productive members of their communities. However, adoptive families are also different and unique. They deal with dynamics that run from issues regarding race, ethnicity and birth family relationships (or not) to behavioral development, identity and connection. Adoption is not just about the welcoming of a child; adoption is a “forever” relationship that lasts a lifetime. Families need time and space in the busyness of life to celebrate adoption, to marvel at the things that make them a special group of people and to spend time with other adults and children who have experienced becoming a family through adoption.

All adoptive families are welcome regardless of how they became a family. Family is family, and we want to support and celebrate that with you.

Mo-Ranch is committed to creating partnerships with local area adoption agencies and non-profit organizations in order to afford parents some time to visit with and learn from other adoptive parents. “So how are you doing with X, Y, Z topic?” will be the leading question, facilitated by someone trained in these possible areas:

  • Trans-racial adoption (when we are not the same color or ethnicity)
  • Contact with birth family/family of origin
  • Sibling relationships
  • Behavioral connections
  • Extended family relationships
  • International adoption/cultural identity & preservation
  • Single-parent families
  • Advocacy on behalf of foster care & adoption


Children and youth will also explore some of Mo-Ranch’s programming while their parents are occupied.

  • Critter house
  • Owl study
  • High ropes & challenge course
  • Nature hike & star watch


Families will also spend time as a large group enjoying time together.

  • Creating a family art project that celebrates their uniqueness (don’t worry, this is something everyone can do!)
  • Hayride, campfire, s’mores
  • Participatory worship geared for all ages


Join us for an amazing weekend with your family – no matter how you came to be one!

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

Richard Bombach, Director of Camps

Richard’s calling has always been camp. After working in the Texas camping industry for 14 years, camp is not just a job to him—it’s a culture and way of life.

He and his wife, Jessica, met at summer camp when they worked as camp counselors together. He later proposed to her at camp and had a former camp director officiate their wedding ceremony.

The couple now has two beautiful daughters who are future Mo-Ranch summer campers.


Austin Grammer, Assistant Director of Camps 

Austin was first introduced to the camp world as a camper of the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas. Affter spending his summer at camp before his junior year of college, he decided that he wanted to pursue camp ministry as a profession.

At Mo, Austin enjoys working with some of the most passionate camping professionals that he has ever encountered. He is inspired by their passion and drive, and he loves that everyone is dedicated to making each summer better than the last.


DJ Owens, Outdoor Education Ministry Manager

DJ lives, breathes and bleeds Mo-Ranch, and has done so since his first day at Mo in 2009. He is an Oklahoma transplant, and is so glad that he gets to call Mo his home!

DJ worked at Mo for eight years — both in summer camp and outdoor education ministry — and knows every inch of the property.

He enjoys seeing the smiling faces of his co-workers anytime he steps into a building and relishes in the excitement of guests as they arrive on the ranch and loves Mo’s capability to amaze and change the lives.

We are working on updating the schedule for our 2020 Adoptive Families’ Retreat. Please peruse the schedule below, from 2019, as an example of some of the activities available for this retreat. 

Cost and Housing

2020 information and dates coming soon!


A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund minus $75.00 administrative fee 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 deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

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.




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