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2023 Resource Family Conference

August 25, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - August 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

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KVC Kansas invites you and your family to our in-person 2023 Resource Family Conference! This unique, FREE family experience is open to all KVC-supported resource families and will take place August 25–26, 2023 at the Sheraton in Overland Park, KS. This event is a one-of-a-kind training opportunity for KVC foster, adoptive and kinship families caring for children and teens experiencing foster care. Plus, we’re back fully in-person for the FIRST TIME since 2018!

Attendees learn from child and family experts, receive continuing education trainings, and network with other resource families to create an invaluable support network. While parents and caregivers participate in trainings, youth enjoy fun, age-appropriate activities. You don’t want to miss this!

What’s a Resource Family?

Resource families include foster parents, adoptive parents, and kinship caregivers who support kids and teens.

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Registration closed July 26. We’ll see you soon!

For any questions, contact Julie Gerber at

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John “Push” Gaines

Dr. John “Push” Gaines is a former at-risk kid turned mentorship advocate. His message is all about pushing through adversity and defying the odds.

Full biography:

Dr. John “Push” Gaines is a former at-risk kid turned CEO/Founder of nonprofit PUSH for Dreams, best-selling author, renowned speaker, leadership consultant, and mentorship advocate. His message of pushing through adversity and defying the odds has transformed classrooms, school districts, and businesses across the nation.

Dr. Gaines has heartfelt enthusiasm for his audience and embraces crucial subject matters with a highly organic, kind-hearted approach fueled by positivity and the intrinsic desire to unite community. Dr. Gaines is celebrated for nurturing youth & professionals through his own trauma, life experience, and unique challenges that ultimately became the driving force behind his mission and genuine desire to elevate and motivate students, teachers, administrators, professionals, and communities. Dr. Gaines was named one of the “Top 10 Most Influential People of 2020” by YAHOO News 2020. Dr. Gaines’ ability to relate to his audiences and help them imagine greater possibilities makes him so unique.

Dr. Gaines earned his nickname “PUSH” because he believes in the power of perseverance and teaches others to “keep pushing” through life’s obstacles to become the best version of themselves.

He has devoted himself to the world community. He has proudly appeared as a guest speaker at universities, corporations, national conferences, nonprofit events, NBA skill camps, school assemblies, and youth camps nationwide. As a graduate of East Central University, where he was named Outstanding Student in Business and won a football championship as captain of the football team, he is the picture of success. With a Master’s degree in Business Leadership and a Doctorate in Business Administration, he demonstrates outstanding dedication and personal achievement.

His greatest joy is being a husband to Emily and a father to Anorah & Benny.

Learn more about Dr. Gaines here.

Support children and families!

Become a sponsor or donate needed items.

Help us make a lasting difference in the lives of children and families. Visit to make a monetary donation or contact Jackie Harwig, Director of Community Engagement, at (913) 444-2192 or to see how you or your business can make a difference.


August 25, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
August 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
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Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
6100 College Boulevard
Overland Park, KS 66211 United States
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