OVC Essentials provides broadened and deepened knowledge of best practices and critical issues within OVC care. Alongside an encouraging and stimulating community, OVC Essentials supplies challenge where necessary, and plenty inspiration for the road ahead.

Non-profit staff and executives, foster and adoptive parents, interns, students and young leaders, church staff and lay leaders, and passionate advocates will find this course to be an informative, accessible, and stimulating experience in their journey towards engaging wisely and effectively with vulnerable children and families.

Open Registration: April 20 - May 29
Summer 2020 Session Dates: June 3 - August 12

Here's What Participants Have to Say


"I am so thankful for this course! Through the wonderful resources I have learned so many new, exciting, challenging, and shaping things for me to continue to think about in my future. I have already found myself talking about the information I have learned with relatives and friends, and now that I am equipped with credible, accurate information, I feel as though I am able to enter into more discussions as a better-informed advocate."


"While I haven’t found answers to all my questions doing this course, I’ve certainly been equipped with better frameworks to think through the challenges that lay ahead. In 10 weeks, I’ve been better equipped than my own research over the past two years. I’m so thankful for this course and its personal impact on my life."


"I can’t tell you how grateful we are for the opportunity to provide our staff with the quality training that they've received. It was evident that they were fully engaged and much more dedicated to the Mission after the training. We definitely look forward to putting more staff in this deeply impactful training."


"First of all, I cannot tell you how beneficial this course has already been to us. We are so grateful to have access to such incredible resources and the ability to learn from the speakers and participants in the class. We feel encouraged, inspired, and better equipped to further engage our co-workers and community here."



OVC advocates, caregivers, and practitioners serving in a variety of capacities will learn alongside and from one another.


Each module of OVC Essentials focuses on a different theme - poverty alleviation, adoption, foster care, short-term missions, family preservation and family-based care, trauma and attachment, cultivating an inner life and more!


Weekly assignments consist of readings, videos, and audio content to digest, as well as participation in a group online forum and Q&A calls with experts and leaders in the field. Students should set aside approximately 4 hours each week for course engagement.


Upon completion, earn a CAFO OVC Essentials Certificate - a notable addition to a resume, achievement to share with employers, and a significant personal accomplishment.