Join Collaborate right where you are. Since 2020, Collaborate has a virtual format
and – without costly travel expenses – allows all Global Networks to attend, participate and speak
into CAFO’s projects impacting your communities. Retaining all of the benefits of growing
together, the virtual Collaborate experience features virtual environments set up for learning,
discussing, and brainstorming together.
THE VIRTUAL FORMAT OF COLLABORATE
During these key topic presentations hosted via Zoom, invited speakers cover best practices or key points through lecture/presentation, panel discussions, or live interviews. Audience interaction occurs through polls, chat, and Q&A.
During these facilitated discussions via Zoom, trained facilitators lead small group discussions with identified goals. After the small group discussions, the attendees are brought back into the larger meeting room and each small group will present their results to the overall group. These results will be the foundation for future “Thought Leadership from Collaborate” resources.
Fireside Chats are held 2 weeks after the Learn event. Fireside chats are Open discussions, via Zoom, for network leaders to share how they intend to implement the ideas into their network strategy/projects/campaigns. This is intended to be a more informal “living room/around a fire” discussion, allowed to progress as appropriate for those in attendance to have time and ability to share.
WHAT TO EXPECT
From the Virtual Experience
A connected community of global advocates
Collaborate gathers member networks of the CAFO Global Network and other global advocates to share and collaborate on strategies to develop movements and engage local churches in orphan care.
Thought-Leadership from the global community.
Collaborate attendees discuss foundational building blocks of best practices and the latest research to wisely guide regional/national orphan care networks. Collaborate discussions provide the foundation for curated and published Thought Leadership resources that can be used to impact the local communities in which our members serve.
Continued development to better serve your emerging network
Collaborate gathers effective groups to work together on CAFO Global Network projects and objectives to benefit the global movement. Our mission is to continue development of attendees’ leadership skills to better serve their emerging/growing networks.
Local Fundraising for Your Network
LEARN: Monday, August 2, 2021
Join us as Michael Mitchell (CAFO, Director of Development & Discipleship) and Kehinde Ojo (IFES, Nigeria, Program Director for Indigenous Support Development) discuss seeking the Lord's guidance to find "wells of generosity" in our own nations.
DISCUSS: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Join us as we break into facilitated discussion groups to discuss the principles and application of these concepts and tools for local leaders within our networks.
FIRESIDE CHAT: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Join other network leaders in an open discussion regarding how you intend to seek the Lord to find "wells of generosity" in your own nations. This is a time of sharing, listening and learning from one another among Global Network leaders.
Aging Out / Care Leavers
LEARN: November 2021 (final dates TBA)
Learn from young adult care leavers how your network may serve and partner with youth that are aging out of care.
More details coming soon!
DISCUSS: November 2021 (final dates TBA)
Join us as we break into facilitated discussion groups to determine how we may best embrace and serve care leavers in our local communities.
FIRESIDE CHAT: November 2021 (final dates TBA)
Join other network leaders in an open discussion regarding how you are embracing and serving care leavers in your networks. This is a time of sharing, listening and learning from one another among Global Network leaders.
Nicole Wilke (CAFO) and Moses Wahor (Mukuru On The Move, Kenya) discussed how to identify and map the assets, resources and services available for vulnerable children and families within your communities.
Soul Health for Leaders in Anxious Times
Shifting from Awareness to Action
David Hennessey (Director, CAFO Global Network) and Nicole Wilke (Director, CAFO's Applied Research and Best Practice Initiative) introduced a process for defining effective calls-to-action for Christians to support your network's vision and mission. They discussed creating a Theory of Change, developing a Logic Model and creating a plan for monitoring and evaluation using quarterly and annual goals and reviews.
Engaging Local Cultures
HRH John Wayabire (Uganda, Royal Bugwere Kingdom), Daniel Kaggwa (Uganda, Alliance for Uganda Without Orphans), Wendi Park (Canada, Forever Families of Canada), and Jimmy Thunder (Canada, Reconciliation Thunder) covered their personal experience and general strategies regarding engaging local and indigenous cultures to best serve vulnerable children in our communities.
Child Protection Principles and Policies
Ian Anand Forber-Pratt, Director of Global Advocacy: Children’s Emergency Relief International (CERI) and Executive Director: Institute for Child Welfare Innovation, discussed Child Protection Principles and Policies and how you may develop them within organizations in your networks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How is the virtual experience different than the in-person Collaborate at Summit?
While the in-person Collaborate forum takes place over the course of one week, each virtual Collaborate topic will be broken into smaller sessions spread out over the course of one month and will allow attendees to participate from the comfort of their own home or office! While the format may be different, the spirit of Collaborate remains the same whether we are in person or meeting virtually. We are truly Better Together!
Do I have to be a Global Network Member?
Virtual Collaborate is intended to serve CAFO Global Network members and champions that directly serve global networks. The majority of the attendees will be leaders from networks outside of the US.
If you are serving a global network, we would love to have you join us!
Are any scholarships available to cover the registration fees?
CAFO Global Network members are offered a limited number of registration scholarships that will cover the registration fees for virtual Collaborate. Application Codes will be sent to the main contacts of each current member network.
Join in-person, virtually, or at a local event!
Topic Sessions: LEARN, DISCUSS and FIRESIDE CHAT
Annual Pass for Quarterly Topics
Topic Sessions: LEARN, DISCUSS and FIRESIDE CHAT