Family Life Symposium Information

October 12-13, 2017   Adams Blvd. Church of Christ

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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Alton Carter, who uses his life’s journey to inspire youth and adults to change their world, is the guest speaker for the annual Family Life Symposium held this year at Adams Boulevard Church of Christ, 3700 SE Adams Blvd., in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  Alton’s passage from foster care through adulthood is conveyed through three award-winning, best-selling books.

The Boy Who Carried Bricks is the inspiring true story of a boy who was abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, shuttled between foster homes and a boys’ ranch for most of his formative years, yet he refused to let the horror of his childhood determine his future.  “As a boy, I always believed if I just kept putting one foot in front of the other that one day I would find myself in a normal home with food in the refrigerator, a bed to sleep in, heat in the winter, and a family that was kind to each other.  I wrote The Boy Who Carried Bricks in hopes of inspiring those struggling to make sense of a childhood full of violence, abuse, or neglect to persevere.  I also hoped it would remind those with loving parents and nice things what a gift such a life is . . . and to remember that not everyone starts with such a storybook beginning.”

Aging Out, an unflinching look at growing up, follows Alton’s life from his senior year in high school through college and beyond.  “I wrote this book for all those teens stepping out into the unknown after high school, with the hope that when the going gets tough, they’ll remember: Never Give Up—You’re Not Alone!”

Alton’s latest book, The Boy Who Dreamed Big, is the story of a foster child who was inspired by his elementary school teacher to use his imagination to overcome his obstacles. 

In addition to writing books, Alton is a motivational speaker for public schools, churches, and fundraising events.  He has been a police officer and currently is the Director of Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  He established a foundation to assist those in foster homes, boys’ ranches, and group homes in earning college degrees and a portion of book sales goes to the Alton Carter Foundation.  For further details about Alton Carter, please visit his web page:  www.altoncarter.net

Alton will speak at two events for this year’s Family Life Symposium with the first, a free event, scheduled for Thursday evening, October 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Alton will share the struggles he overcame in his journey from foster care through adulthood.  All interested adults and teens are encouraged to attend Thursday’s free event.

The second event on Friday, October 13, begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m.  The $55 workshop session is designed for educators, ministers, professionals, parents, and counselors.  CEU’s will be available.  Topics include:

  • Why kids self-destruct and shove people away
  • It has to be a team effort
  • What is your role?
  • Encounters with professionals
  • Building a community of hope

Pre-register for Friday’s Symposium by October 11 at www.familylifesymposium.org at a cost of $55.  Friday’s registration fee is waived for college students with a current student ID.  

For more information regarding Family Life Symposium, check our web site: www.familylifesymposium.org, our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FamilyLifeSymposium, or contact Kerry at ickleberrykg@bps-ok.org or Charissa at charissadunn1@gmail.com.

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