Welcome to the CAFO2019 Summit

Welcome to the CAFO Summit! Unforgettable. A community of kindred hearts. Gathering from across America and around the world. Parents and pastors, experts and organizations, leaders and servants. Each eager both to share and to receive — expertise and encouragement, resources and friendship. All passionate to see children thrive in adoption, foster care and effective service to the vulnerable worldwide. Seeking justice and mercy, rooted deep in the Gospel of God’s unfailing love.

What to Expect


You are not alone. Each element of the conference is designed to inspire, connect, encourage, and equip families and churches to become communities known for adoption, foster care and global orphan initiatives.

Rest & Restoration

Summit is full of opportunities for rest, refreshment, and restoration. We meet you where you are, so that you can remain steadfast and vibrant in the long, hard work of justice and mercy.

Wisdom & Growth

100+ workshops at Summit offer instruction from top experts on topics ranging from parenting and attachment issues, to engaging local foster care, to building effective global church-to-church partnerships.

Summit Schedule

Don't miss the opening session at 3:00pm on Wednesday!

Monday, May 6
9:00am Pre-Summit Intensive
Tuesday, May 7
9:00am Pre-Summit Intensive
Wednesday, May 8
8:30am Pre-Summit Intensives
1:00pm Check In
3:00pm Main Session
4:15pm Workshop
5:30pm Dinner Break
7:30pm Main Session
Thursday, May 9
8:45am Main Session
10:00am Workshops
12:00pm Lunch
1:15pm Workshops
4:45pm Dinner Break
7:00pm Main Session
Friday, May 10
8:30am Workshops
11:00am Main Session

Pre-Summit Intensives

Join us on Wednesday before Summit officially begins for deep dive Intensives.
Space is limited! Add to your registration at check-out.

Vulnerable Children in a Digital Age
The 2019 OVC Applied Research & Best Practice Symposium will unite top academic OVC researchers and faith-based NGO's serving vulnerable children around the globe. Come learn why children from hard places are more susceptible to harm from technology and what we can do to help.
Free to Lead
Whether a church, ministry or organizational leader, on staff or volunteering, this leadership intensive will help you identify things that may be hindering your leadership and give you the insight and tools you need to excel moving forward. After registration you will complete a 360 Leadership Profile that national leadership experts will walk you through in a fun and interactive environment.
Becoming a Trauma Competent Caregiver
During this two day workshop (Mon-Tues), you will hear from the Back2Back Ministries Child Development Team on trauma informed care, will receive all training materials necessary to use the curriculum in your own setting, and will receive plans for follow-up and support to help you be successful.
Collaborate, a forum for global leaders
Invite only, this global gathering of CAFO Global Network leaders starts Tuesday at 5pm, continuing throughout Summit and ending Friday afternoon. Join other global leaders to share expertise, make new connections, learn best practices and add your voice to CAFO Global Network projects!
Cultivating a Co-Missional Marriage
Come join the Guckenbergers, married almost 25 years, and parents to 10 children (adopted, foster and biological) as they share their cautionary tales and best practices for a marriage to thrive. This day will be full of resources, discussion, instruction, invitation and challenge.

Plenary Speakers

Each year, Summit will feature some of the foremost movement leaders from around the world.
Past speakers have included: David Platt, Francis Chan, Lisa Harper, & Eugene Cho...this year will not disappoint.

Friends & Family Registration
Until January 2019
$175 General
$125 CAFO Members
Groups: 10+
$170 General
$120 CAFO Members
Early Registration
Jan 20 - Feb 28
$185 General
$135 CAFO Members
Groups: 10+
$175 General
$125 CAFO Members
General Registration
Mar 1 - 31
$210 General
$160 CAFO Members
Groups: 10+
$200 General
$150 CAFO Members
Late Registration
April 1 - May 8
$245 General
$195 CAFO Members
Groups: 10+
$235 General
$185 CAFO Members

Sponsor & Exhibit at the CAFO2019 Summit

Business? Church? Publisher? Non-profit member? Opportunities to sponsor and exhibit are still available.

Thank you to our CAFO2019 Signature Sponsors