Welcome!We are Jennie and Lynn Owens
We are passionate about helping kids that have experienced loss and trauma. We think the best thing we can do to help them is to support, encourage and empower the foster and adoptive parents that are raising them. We’d love to connect so that we can be sending you periodic encouragement and helpful resources. No Tricks, no sales, no cost. If you sign up for our updates we will start by sending you a large portion of Jennie’s new book, Dancing with a Porcupine.
Launch Day for Jennie's New Book is Coming!
In Dancing with a Porcupine, Jennie Owens shares the compelling story of her struggle to save her own life while caring for three hurting children she and her husband adopted from foster care. How could she stay loving, giving, and forgiving in the midst of a daily battle with children acting out the rage,resentment, and pain of their own traumatic pasts?
Is there such a thing as secondary trauma–and if so,what do you do about it? When faith, endurance and creativity are not enough, what’s next?
All the Latest
Every year at Rejuvenate retreat I’m asked what vitamin regimen helped me get back to health after a doctor told me I was going to die if I didn’t get rid of my stressors. I figured I’d finally write it up in a post it so people can more easily share it. For me, in my situation, these truly are the best vitamins for stress.read more
I am making a list of the best adoption books. Can you help? Which adoption book(s) have been the most helpful to you? It is no surprise that adoptive and foster parents have limited time constraints. As a group, we tend to really want to help our kids. I'm working to...read more
We are continuing our series on the difficulty of loving difficult kids. In this episode we will uncover the biggest mistake parent can make which will make it even more difficult to look lovingly at a child who has suffered complex traumas.
Watch to the end and will will bust through 6 myths adoptive and foster parents buy into. When we bust through these myths this monumental task will get easier (not easy)read more
As the retreats grow, we've seen the need to add more retreat staff. We are excited to announce that Joanna Martin has accepted the position of Director for the Washington state Rejuvenate. Joanna attended one of the first Rejuvenate retreats in Washington state and...read more
We are excited to share the craft classes planned for the PA Rejuvenate Retreat with you. We have a Fairy Garden class, a Burlap Wreath class, a Canvas Painting class by Brushstrokes on Canvas, a Basic Cake Decorating class, and a Wooden Sign class. The classes are...read more
We are excited to have Joanna Martin leading a workshop at the Western Washington Rejuvenate Retreat. Joanna spent years trying to survive as a foster parent before simply surviving wasn't enough. Her journey of self-discovery and healing has slowly brought her to a...read more
In addition to being a wife and mother to an awesome 8 year old son, Christy Weitz is a nutrition professional and group fitness instructor. She currently works full-time as Dietary Manager for long-term healthcare facility where she is responsible for meeting the...read more
Our gift to adoptive and foster parents everywhere with a reminder to smile. 🙂read more
Are you wondering if it is possible to love a child, day in and day out, that takes all of their anger out on you?
In this first video on the sujbect, we will take a look and how to start this supernatural task.read more
Adopted and foster kids can ask questions due to anxiety, control issues, or just a lack of skills. Here are some creative ideas I've used in my home and in my practice to help heal the underlying issues leading to this...read more
We are so excited to announce that Sherrie Eldridge will be speaking at the Pennsylvania Rejuvenate. For well over two decades, Sherrie Eldridge has offered her unique voice within the adoption community, as an established author and international speaker. An adoptee...read more
Obstacles the "other" kids may face Attachment Break/Difficulties The work of Dr. Allan Shore is a great place to begin study Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today's Parents is a great book for parents How Trauma affects the brain For more information on...read more