Connect with purpose.

Spend time connecting with other TFI Avocates, enjoying time away, and developing your leadership skills!

October 2-4, 2024

Des Moines, Iowa

Have Questions?

Read through the answers to these F.A.Q.’s to find help.

How much will Retreat cost?

We’d love to see you at Retreat, so much so that we’ll cover the costs of one room for your 2-night stay and all of the shared meals we’ve arranged for our group! We’ll ask you to cover the rest of your expenses which might include: transportation, parking (the hotel parking is free!), free time activities, and any meals while traveling.

Where will the event take place?

The event will take place at Origin Hotel in Lexington, KY. Find more information and details at

When should I arrive?

We would recommend arriving between 3:00-4:30 pm EDT to have some time to settle and prepare for our evening together.

Can I come early or stay late?

Origin Hotel has been kind enough to extend a group rate for shoulder dates to our guests as long as there is availability. If you are interested in extending your stay, reach out to [email protected], and she will connect you with the right people! Arriving early or staying late would be something that you are responsible for covering costs for. Just know that our crew won’t be ready to welcome you until Wednesday afternoon and will pack up and head out Friday afternoon.

I’m flying in. Can you help me get from the airport to the hotel?

We recommend flying into Blue Grass Airport, which is just 6.9 miles from the hotel. Our hotel does have free airport shuttles for arrival and departure! These need to be requested more than 72 hours in advance. Call the hotel front desk at (859) 245-0400 and provide them with your flight number as well as arrival and departure times. You may also opt for a rental car or a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft (est. $15-25). Unfortunately, we are unable to coordinate your personal transportation from the airport. Should you desire to connect with other Advocates about ground transportation from the airport, indicate your interest on our RSVP form.

I'm driving. What is the parking situation?

Parking available at Origin Hotel is free on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Can I bring someone with me to Retreat?

Retreat is tailored to you, the TFI Advocate. Our desire is that this is a time for you to be filled up—to find connection, be encouraged, and rest. You are welcome to bring your spouse or an approved Coordinator along with you whom you don’t mind sharing a hotel room with. If you decide you would prefer to bring someone along rather than coming by yourself, we recommend considering the person (spouse/approved Coordinator) who would encourage you in finding connection with other Advocates and making the most of this time together!

What should I wear?

On our first evening, we are going to be having a welcome dinner. This will be an opportunity to dress up a little bit! Outside of this, the event is casual. Feel free to dress however you feel most comfortable.

I have special dietary needs. Can you accommodate me?

Yes, when you Register, please note any special accommodations you may need.

Is training credit (continuing education) available to foster parents?

Yes! Training certificates will be made available that you can submit to your licensing worker. It will be the Advocate’s responsibility to complete the training certificate and submit that paperwork to your licensing worker for approval. Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee that each state or licensing agency will grant training credit.

How do I register?

Please fill out the form below on this webpage.

Can I bring my child/children to Retreat?

We love your kids but thought you could use a couple of days off! Adults-only, please and thank you.

Check back in June to register!