res•pite/noun – an interval of rest or relief from something difficult or overwhelming.

We equip families and communities to engage in healing children from hard places.

Current Events

  • TBRI & Trauma-Informed Classrooms Simulcast – Tue, Aug 7 – 7am-2pm – Register HERE
  • RESPITE Support Group (2nd & 4th Sundays) – 2:00-3:30pm – OC United 418 Office
    Childcare available with registration – Contact Renae at
  • RESPITE Program Brochure – July-Aug 2018 (pdf for download/print)
  • RESPITE Conference – NEW DATE – Sat, October 6 – 9am-6pm – Register HERE

For more information and resources

Renae M. Dupuis, Trauma Specialist and Program Director, 714-515-3094
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  • RESPITE Trauma-Informed Communities Conference

    Saturday, October 6 (9am-6pm)

  • TBRI & Trauma-Informed Classrooms Simulcast

    Tuesday, August 7 (7am-2pm)

  • ETC: Connect Parenting Course

    Wednesdays, August 22, 29, Sept 5, 12, 19, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 (6:30-8:30pm)

  • RESILIENCE Screening

    Thursday, September 6 (7-8pm)

  • Building a Trauma-Informed Environment Workshop

    Saturday, September 8 (8:30am-12:30pm)

  • Parent Connection Night

    Saturday, September 8 (5-8pm)

  • Understanding ACE & Building Self-Healing Communities

    Tuesday, September 18 (6:30-8:30pm)



  • Empowered To Connect (ETC) Parent Training – designed as an interactive learning experience specifically for current and prospective adoptive and foster parents. The CONNECT Course (9 weeks) and PREPARE Course (6 weeks) in an interactive small group environment that meets weekly for about two hours.
    • CONNECT Course | Wednesdays, August 22, 29, Sept 6, 13, 20, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 | 6:30-8:30pm | OC United 434/436
      ETC Parent Training equips parents with a holistic understanding of their child’s needs and development while empowering them with the tools and strategies to effectively meet those needs, build trust, and help their child heal and grow. Register HERE
  • Created to Connect – Twelve-week study of The Connected Child with a Christian & biblical perspective. Intended for any caregiver in the life of a foster or adoptive child.
  • FFA Parent Training – 8-hour ETC Workshop for Foster Family Agencies to introduce TBRI principles to parents.
  • Parenting Workshops – Training on specific topics to build strong families and healthy children.
    • Saddleback College – Foster & Kinship Care Education Parenting Classes 
      FREE parenting classes – REGISTER at or (949) 582–4884
      July-December 2018 Catalog


  • Foster/Adoption/Kinship Parent Yoga Class – Trauma-Sensitive Holy Yoga class for parents of Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship children to address caregiver stress and secondary trauma
  • Kids Yoga Class – Trauma-Sensitive Holy Yoga class for children from hard places.
  • All Intersections Yoga Class – Trauma-Sensitive Holy Yoga class for anyone intersecting with the care of Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship children to address caregiver stress and secondary trauma.
  • Family Wellness Workshop – Introductory workshop class for parents & children in Foster/Adoption/Kinship families. Highlighting Wellness and Resiliency skills for families.
  • Caseworker/Therapist/Caregiver Workshop – Introductory trauma-sensitive workshop class for caseworkers, therapists and caregivers who support Foster/Adoption/Kinship families.


  • Resource Line – Available for in-person/telephone/FaceTime support to families in crisis. Providing resources, compassion, tools & nurture groups for families.
  • Parent Mentoring – Linking parent mentors and mentees to provide one-to-one support.
  • Parent Connection Night – Nights out (childcare included) with brief Educational components to connect parents to spouses and others in the community.
  • Dude’s Night Out – last Wednesday of each month – 6:30-8:30pm
    Burger Parlor, 204 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832 
  • Online Community & Education – Providing resources, tools, discussion, and education for families in an online community group.
  • Resource Library – Books, Videos, and other educational material to Parents and Caregivers to support parenting and healing process.
  • Support Group – Regular educational and support group meetings for caregivers, childcare included.
    • 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month | 2-3:30pm | OC United 418
      Pre-registration required for childcare – contact Renae by the Thursday before at



  • Children’s Ministry Trauma -Informed Training – 2-hour Trauma- Informed Care trainings for Children’s Ministry programs to introduce TBRI principles.
  • Friends & Family Training – Short trainings to introduce ETC & TBRI principles to Friends and Family of current fost/adopt/kin families.
  • Building Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms Workshops – Workshops and in-service trainings for Educators and Administrators to review Trauma-Informed principles and provide tangible and practical interventions in classroom and school settings.
    • TBRI & Trauma-Informed Classroom Simulcast | Tuesday, Aug 7 | 7am-2pm | OC United 436 Classroom
      A 1-day seminar designed to equip educators to help children from ‘hard places’ of abuse, neglect, and/or trauma. Join us before the start of the school year to learn  how to disarm fear, optimize learning, and facilitate healing for vulnerable children in the classroom. Register HERE
  • Equipping After-School Program Trainings – Workshops for After- School Program Administrators and Facilitators to learn Trauma-Informed principles and provide practical interventions in classroom & school settings.
  • Local Classroom Support – Provide classroom supplies, intervention “cheat sheets,” and Trauma -Sensitive resources (i.e., fidgets) for teachers of kids from hard places.
  • Community Education Opportunities – Simulcast Conferences, Panel Discussions, Film Screenings and Info Meetings to inform, educate, and engage community members and organizations in the mission of supporting the families of children in out-of-home placements.
    • RESPITE Conference | Sat, Oct 6 | 9am-6pm | EV Free Fullerton
      Learn more about the impacts of trauma through an informative and interactive day of training with education, resources, and tools that will equip you and your environment to serve the most vulnerable among us. Register HERE
    • RESILIENCE Screening | Thu, Sep 6 | 7-8pm | OC United 434 Classroom
      Join us for a community screening of RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope – a critically acclaimed documentary chronicling a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. Register HERE.