2023 Registration & Schedules for Teens and Parents/Caregivers

We look forward to seeing many of you in Oak Brook, Illinois for FAACT's Eighth Annual Teen Retreat. We have a full-packed weekend planned for the teens, siblings, and parents/caregivers. You definitely don't want to miss this weekend to meet others who live the same lives and share the same experiences as you and your family.

The Teen Retreat will be full of hands-on and interactive sessions, and there is plenty of fun to be had for all!

* The Friday & Saturday Nights Teen Socials will consist of games, dance, music, karaoke, and more! There will be prizes!

* We have a full schedule for the parent/cargiver sessions as well, hearing from leading experts and advocates, and conducting interactive sessions. There will be a Parent/Caregiver Meet & Greet on Friday evening and Social on Saturday evening while the teens are enjoying their social events.

TEEN and PARENT/CAREGIVER agendas will be available in April!

Registration will open soon!

Registration Fees Per Person

*Registration fees include the following:

  • Entrance to FAACT's Teen Retreat
  • Socials on Friday evening after the Welcome Ceremony
    • Parent/Caregiver Meet & Greet
    • Teen Social
  • Catered lunch on Saturday (allergen-friendly menu planned with catering staff).
    • Teen and Parent/Caregiver Lunches are free from the Top-9 plus gluten-free and seed-free.
    • All allergies will be accommodated.
  • After lunch on Saturday, the Teens will spend the afternoon at 'Escape The Room' at Oak Brook Centre for a team building activity. (Escape the Room fees and Charter Bus fees included in registration fees).
  • Coffee/soda/juice/water beverage bar throughout the weekend.
  • Socials on Saturday evening
    • Parent/Caregiver Social
    • Teen Social/Dance Party
  • FAACT gifts for all attendees, including sweatshirts for the teens.
Early Bird Registration through July 14: Registration Fees After July 15:
  • $395 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers
  • $395 - Teens (ages 11-22)
  • $395 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-22)
  • $435 - Adults/Parents/Caregivers
  • $435 - Teens (ages 11-22)
  • $435 - Teen Siblings (ages 11-22)

 Pre-teens and Teens (ages 11-17) must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver and/or legal guardian who also attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18 and still a senior in high school, he/she must also be accompanied by a parent/caregiver and/or legal guardian who attends the Teen Retreat weekend. If 18+ and in college, he/she may attend the Teen Retreat weekend on his/her own, but parents/caregivers and/or legal guardians are still preferred to attend.

Deadline to Register is August 31, 2023!

Teen Retreat Weekend Timeline

Thursday/Friday: Arrive and check into the hotel (if traveling).


  • 10a-3p (Optional): Day activity for all attendees. We use the hotel shuttle to/from the hotel and Oak Brook Shopping Centre. Teens socialize and shop (with Teen Leader chaperones). Parents/Caregivers go for coffee and socialize. We meet up for a group lunch in a reserved area at Maggiano's Little Italy (each family pays for their own bill). We had about 75 of the attendees join us in 2019, and it was a fun, successful day. ALL ALLERGIES ARE ACCOMMODATED!
  • 3p-6:30p: Break, socialize, and dinner on your own

    Official Start of the Teen Retreat:
  • 6:30p-7p: Check-in at Registration (receive name badges, materials, gifts, & visit Expo booths)
  • 7p-8:30p: Welcome Ceremony with Curtis Zimmerman
  • 8:30p-10:30p: Teen Social and Parents/Caregivers Meet & Greet Social


  • 9a-12p: Separate Parent/Caregiver and Teen sessions (teens grouped by grades)
  • 12p-1p: Separate Parent/Caregiver and Teen luncheons
  • 1p-4p
    • Parent/Caregiver sessions
    • TEENS will spend the afternoon with the Teen Leaders at 'Escape The Room' at Oak Brook Shopping Centre for some fun team building and return by 4pm to meet their parents/caregivers.
  • 4p-7:30p: Break, socialize, and dinner on your own
  • 7:30p-9:30p: Teen Social/Dance Party and Parent/Caregiver Social 


  • 9a-11:30a: Separate Parent/Caregiver and Teen sessions (teens grouped by grades)
  • 11:30a-1p: Joint Parent/Caregiver and Teen session to end the weekend

NOTE: There will be some Teen joint sessions, but then Teen sessions will break out into groups by grades:

  • 6th-8th Grades
  • 9th-12th Grades

NOTE: If flying, be sure to book your flight after 4p CST so you don't miss how we end the weekend!

Hotel Reservations 

The Hyatt Lodge & Hyatt Lodge Conference Center
2815 Jorie Blvd. 
Oak Brook, IL 60523 
TEL: 630-568-1234 
Hotel Nightly Rate: $169.00/night plus 9% tax --> Total: $184.21/night
2 Queen Beds, Mini Refrigerator, Patio/Balcony, Free Wi-Fi
Check-in: 3:00pm | Check-out: 12:00pm

Reserve your room today: Online Reservation Link Coming Soon

Reservation cut-off date: September 4, 2023


Registration payments must be made in full online at time of registration or by check via mail sent to: FAACT, P.O. Box 511, West Chester, OH 45071.

If paying online, please go to FAACT's Donate page. Click on "Other" and enter the amount of your registration fee, and enter "Teen Retreat" in the "Reason" box. All payments online are secure through our PayPal account. Cancellations prior to September 1, 2022, are eligible for a 100% refund of the registration. After September 1, the deposit will be refunded less $50.

For sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, please contact Eleanor Garrow-Holding.