10 Policies, Tools, and Templates Every Nonprofit Needs in 2019

Join the co-author of Lessons From the Nonprofit Boardroom and ECFA Tools and Templates for Effective Board Governance to learn of practical policies, tools, and templates to help make your board more effective. The takeaways will include downloadable documents that you can immediately put into practice.

(Dan Busby, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

50 Ideas for your Orphan or Stand Sunday

Is your church new to Orphan Sunday or Stand Sunday and you need ideas to create your first event? Or, has your church been doing Orphan Sunday for many years and you need fresh creativity? Either way, this is for you! You will leave this workshop with your hands full of many great, easy to execute and meaningful ideas that will make this event have impact in your church and for orphans and foster children! Our team will take you through the best ideas from the last 10 years of this amazing movement. Handouts and visual provided to get you started.

(Michelle Vernon, Orphan Sunday)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

7 Global Trends that Impact OVC Care…and 7 OVC Trends that Impact the Globe

We can’t see the future. But when we grasp the major factors and forces shaping our world today, we’re better able to anticipate what’s coming…and also to lead and love well in the present. Join CAFO president Jedd Medefind to examine trends that carry big implications for our service to and for vulnerable children…and trends in care for vulnerable children that carry big implications for our world.

(Jedd Medefind, CAFO)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

ACTIVE Family Support: A Practical Model to Prevent the Unnecessary Separation of Children and Strengthen Families

The ACTIVE Family Support is a model of intervention aimed at children and families at risk of separation. It views children in connection with their main carers, immediate and extended family and the wider community. Families are helped to assess their needs and strengths/ potential and based on the outcomes of the assessments families are engaged in developing a support plan in collaboration with representatives of all agencies working with the family. The plan includes specific aims with agreed timeframes and roles involved. The model involves partnership with existing child protection and social services, local schools, kindergartens, health services, employment agencies, social assistance services and NGOs. The duration of the intervention depends on the individual situation but lasts on average six months, during which the family is visited as frequently as needed. Progress is constantly monitored. Work with the family is concluded when the family is able to function independently of ACTIVE family support within a sustainable system of formal and informal support.  Join this workshop to learn how to apply the model in a fun and interactive session.

(Delia Pop, Hope and Homes for Children)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Addressing the Resistance to Reintegration from Staff and Donors (Coaching Table)

Come discuss the resistance and concerns our staff and donors had when we introduced reintegration. Learn how we addressed staff concerns about losing jobs, the safety of our children, and ensuring the best interest of the child. Ask your own questions and concerns about reintegration and hear how Agape has addressed these kinds of concerns.

(Blake Gibbs, Agape Children’s Ministry)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes. Limited space available. Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Adopting Older Children

As parents to three children adopted in their teens, and foster parents to several teen girls, Beth will share vulnerably about lessons learned over the last 17 years. She will give practical tools to cultivate connection and determine age appropriate discipline. She will also address maintaining stability in your marriage and other parent/child relationships when one child is challenging.

(Beth Guckenberger, Back2Back Ministries)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Assessing Assessments: How Can We Strengthen the Home Study Process? (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

This members-only workshop is designed to both hear about research into best practices and discuss agency workers’ experiences with providing home studies. Come for an interactive discussion focused on how you prepare and assess families: What does your agency do well? What can others learn from you? Where do you have the most challenges? What do you hope to learn from others?

(Ryan Hanlon, Adoption Council)

This members-only workshop is 75 minutes.

Attachment: Parenting With Your Brain In Mind

How can we create relational environments in which secure attachments are the more likely outcomes for those for whom we care, especially as we engage children in adoptive/foster settings? Moreover, how does knowing more about how our brains and relationships work together make this more likely? And lastly, how does our awareness of beauty—that of ourselves and of our children—create a smoother path toward secure attachment? This workshop will explore these and other related questions as we seek to care for the orphan and love God with all our mind in the process.

(Curt Thompson, Being Known and author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Attachment: Parenting with Your Brain in Mind – Part 2 Q&A

Join Curt Thompson for part two as he explores principles of secure attachment and the affect our brain has on these relationships. This session will also include a robust opportunity for the participants to engage in discussion about these topics.

(Curt Thompson, Being Known and author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

 

 

Be Still and Be Refreshed: Preparing Our Hearts to Receive

Many of us tumble into CAFO2019 from seasons of rush and weariness. Join us for an experience of rest, refreshment and preparation before the opening session. This gently-guided time for men and women will include live music, poetry, Psalms and quiet…along with suggested activities and reflection. You’ll be free to choose how best to prepare your heart to receive the good gifts God has planned for you over the days ahead — whether in prayer or thought, journaling, or even a short nap.

(Rachel Medefind, Adoptive/Foster Mom & Writer & Robbie Seay, Bayou City Fellowship & Robbie Seay Band)

This workshop is 45 minutes.

Better Together Collaboratives (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Whatever the questions you face, fellow CAFO members are grappling with it, too: from child sponsorship to discipleship, sexual abuse to team culture, fundraising to communications.

The “Better Together Collaboratives” at CAFO2019 are your chance to gather fellow leaders around the issue you care most about.

What current question, opportunity or challenge would you like to brainstorm with others in your field? And how can your work be strengthened by collaboration with other leaders on a key project or vision?

For the first time, CAFO member organizations are invited to identify and host a CAFO Member-only Collaborative on the topic of your choice. Submitted topics must have at least 3 member organizations committed to the collaborative discussion. The Collaborative meeting will then be provided a free private meeting space,included in the Summit schedule, and offered to all member organizations to join!

(Topics submitted without 3 committed organizations will be held tentatively and added if 2 additional members submit on the same/similar topic. )

Please submit your Better Together Collaborative idea on the Member Organization page by March 11th.

This workshop is for members only.

Bridges to Adulthood: Insights on Proven Aging Out Models (US & International)

The Alliance Aging Out Initiative (cafo.org/aging-out) offers a model for healthy life transitions for youth aging out of international orphan care & the U.S. Foster Care system. This very interactive session is a shared journey across that “Bridge.”

(Scott Brown, Christian Leadership Alliance)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

Building a Custom Orphan Care Strategy for Your Church (Coaching Table)

This discussion will be an interactive process were attendees will be guided to create a custom orphan care plan for their church. This process involves walking through a system that will produce mission-critical ministries that play to the strengths of their congregation and work within the bounds of their church’s current overall vision.

(Steve Gillis, Patch Our Planet)

This free coaching table session is being offered twice.  One session is 75 minutes, and the other is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Building a Mentoring Strategy Aged-Out / Aging Out Youth (Coaching Table)

Every year, after a child passes eight-years-old, the odds for him/her to be adopted go down exponentially. If a foster child makes it to adolescence without adoption or a long-term committed foster home, his/her chances for success in any area of life – academic, vocational, social, personal, financial, spiritual – are almost zero without intervention. But, you can make a difference! This discussion will focus on principles and strategies for mobilizing mentors in your church and community who can help bring hope to an otherwise disenfranchised teen.

(Sharon Seeberger & Holly Stewart, Peninsula Covenant Church)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Building a Trauma Competent Kids and Student Ministry

When foster and adoptive families bring children into their families, they also bring them into their churches. Are your children’s and student ministry’s leaders and volunteers prepared to adequately care for kids who have experienced trauma? In this session, children’s and student ministry leaders will gain practical ideas on how they can build and train teams to respond more appropriately to challenging behavior within their ministries. You’ll walk away with practical ideas to take home and implement in your church.

(Kim Botto, Crossroads Church)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Building a Volunteer Structure for your Ministry

Do you have a growing ministry with willing volunteers, but you’re not quite sure what to do with them? Whether your ministry is brand new, or it’s time to rethink your existing framework, this workshop will equip you to create a flourishing volunteer structure in your church ministry.

(Laura Mobley, Traders Point Christian Church)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Building an “Everyone Can Do Something” Ministry in Your Church

Whether you’re launching a new ministry or leading an existing one, the goal is to engage as many people as possible in your church. This means your messaging has to be clear and your systems for engaging people in a variety of capacities in place. In this session, we will discuss building an infrastructure of ministry that everyone can play a role in – from bringing kids into their homes to wrapping around and supporting those who are. If your goal is to continually take steps towards making foster care, adoption and family support a foundational part of the overall culture of your church, this workshop is for you. You’ll walk away inspired, connected and practically equipped to take your next best steps.

(Jason Johnson, CAFO)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Building an Organization Culture Rooted in Spiritual Health (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Most Christian organizations profess spiritual health as a value they care deeply about for their people as individuals, and their organizational culture as a whole. But what are the practical rhythms and actual practices that promote such health? And how do we go about implementing those rhythms and practices in real time? This session will take a practical approach to addressing these questions while leaving ample time for discussion among CAFO member organizations.

(Jim Martin, International Justice Mission & Author of The Just Church)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Building Stronger Teams through Empowered Communications

Participants will become empowered in their work with OVC by learning how to maximize communications and develop stronger relationships in order to boost mission impact and foster excellence-driven, comprehensive care of those they exist to serve.

(David Rudko, Providence World)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Building Support Groups for Adoptive and Foster Families (Coaching Table)

Many foster parents quit fostering because they’re overwhelmed and feel unsupported. Adoptive families struggle because they don’t feel understood by many of their friends and families. This discussion will be about how hurches can create support groups that provide some training, but most importantly the opportunity for parents to learn from the experts – those also on the journey. Come and let’s discuss how.

(Kim Botto, Crossroads Church)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Building the Social Workforce by Recruiting and Training Para-Professionals

A robust social workforce is vital to any orphan care program. But what do we do when social work staff are either in short supply or unavailable entirely? Recruiting and training social work para-professionals can serve to augment the available social workforce by fulfilling certain vital roles and freeing trained social workers to do what only they can do. Learn how to identify and equip local leaders to improve the quality of social work in your program.

(Delia Pop, Hope and Homes for Children; Ian Forber-Pratt, Children’s Emergency Relief International – CERI; Kristi Gleason, Bethany Christian Services; & Mick Pease, Strengthening Families For Abandoned Children)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Business Professionals and the Cause of the Fatherless

Leaders from the business world can bring immense gifts to the non-profit sector, far beyond financial support alone. Executives and entrepreneurs offer experience and skills that complement and expand ministry-as-usual: from strategic thinking and ideas…to hands-on operational leadership…to aid in the development of income-earning enterprises…to personal mentoring. Come learn creative ways that business professionals can be a significant part of frontline ministry to vulnerable children, from Louisiana to Lusaka.

(Andy Lehman, Lifesong for Orphans)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

CAFO Communication Collaborative (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Join communication, marketing, and design professionals from across CAFO member organizations as we make time to network, learn, and grow together. We’ll tackle some tough questions, challenges, and opportunities as it pertains to the fields we are in and the work that we do.

(Karl Dinkler, CAFO)

This 60 minute workshop is for members only.

CAFO2019 Church and Organizational Leaders Lunch (CAFO Supporter and Champion Churches Only)

As Supporter and Champion level partner churches at CAFO, we want to extend a special invitation to you to join other church and organizational leaders for an exclusive lunch during Summit! There will be over 150 leaders in attendance for this exciting opportunity to gather, connect and hear about the largest collaborative effort of its kind among churches, non-profits and organizations – all joining together to provide “More Than Enough” for children and families affected by foster care. You’ll be some of the first to hear about the “10% Vision,” as well as get an exclusive first-look at a brand new “Church Engagement Assessment Tool” that will help churches like yours (and those in your area you are working alongside of) measure five strategic pillars of engagement that help define where churches are in their ministry – and identify their next best steps moving forward.

You don’t want to miss this incredible opportunity at Summit this year!

To RSVP for this lunch, simply fill out the form via the link that was sent to you by email.

DETAILS:

Date
Thursday, May 9th

Time
12:00-1:15

Location
Room # TBD (you will be notified by email prior to Summit)

Care Communities: Supporting Families with Wrap-Around Care

Learn how to launch and maintain Care Communities that serve adoptive, foster, and biological families – a proven model for retention. Discover how to intentionally serve your families with committed volunteers serving in various roles.

(Johnna Stein, Promise686)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

Caring for Children in Families in Developing Nations (Coaching Table)

Ready to help a children’s home transition to family based care? Or wanting to start a new project caring for children in local families? Come ready to share about your project or idea. We’ll work to help you create a personal plan. Within the context of your country, we’ll think about family reunification, foster families, adoptive families, prevention of separation and family support services, and how you can create a plan to develop those services. We’ll focus on a spectrum of care solutions, discuss how to engage with government, churches, families and civil society. Let’s dream together about what your project could become.

(Philip Aspegren, Casa Viva)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

CEO Forum: 2019 Issues, Strategies and Solutions (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Join this time of private conversation and connection with CAFO President Jedd Medefind and fellow CAFO Member CEOs. Together, we’ll explore key national and global trends, as well as critical issues we’re each facing and solutions we see to make a difference. RSVP on the CAFO Member Organization page by April 1, 2019.

(Jedd Medefind, CAFO)

This member only workshop is 75 minutes.

Child Protection: Moving Toward a Culture of Safeguarding Children (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

As in all good work, excellent care for vulnerable children begins with preventing harm. This focus on avoiding necessary trauma is especially vital for organizations and churches who work with vulnerable children, who may be without the natural security that comes from parental care. Every church and organizational member is at a different place on the journey toward excellence in child protection, and we can learn much together and from each other. This members-only session will focus on some basic tool, connection, and troubleshooting, and will launch a special CAFO-wide focus on child protection.

(Matt Parker, Kids Alive International)

This members-only workshop is 120 minutes.

Church and State Partnerships in Foster Care

Let’s be honest – whether you are a social worker or a member of the faith community, you have a least some reservations about working with “the other side.” Learn from those who have seen great results from these vital partnerships and have lived to tell about it. Hear seasoned veterans talk about initial reservations, successes and missteps, all of which will help you gain confidence as you move ahead for the sake of the kids. This session is ideal for child welfare professionals, non-profit leaders and church ministries.

(Tom Lukasik, 4KIDS of South Florida; Rhonda Littleton, A Home For Me; Felicia Mason-Edwards, DFPS; & Ryan Kelly, America’s Kids Belong)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

 

Church Foster Care Ministry: Where To Go From Where You Are

You’re leading a foster care ministry in your church and there’s no shortage of opportunities and needs. “What” you are doing is so, so important. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself the question, “How are we doing?” It’s not about activity, it’s about effectiveness. Are we engaging in the right places — in the most impactful places, and is our ministry growing in the most healthy and needed places? These are the questions we will explore together in this workshop where we’ll unpack five key pillars of what an “actively engaged church” in foster care looks like. You’ll walk away more connected with other leaders like you, more inspired to do the work God has called you to do and more confident in what the next best steps are for your church’s foster care ministry.

(Jason Johnson & Jason Weber, CAFO and Adrien Lewis, GO Project)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Clarify Your Message with StoryBrand

Breaking through the clutter in the nonprofit and ministry space can feel impossible. But it doesn’t have to be. In this workshop we will teach you a repeatable framework to clarify your message and simplify your marketing using the proven StoryBrand method.

(Jordan White, 5by5)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Coalition and Collaboration Building (Coaching Table)

The African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child” is so true. Many of us serving in organizations with vision to see children grow up in safe and nurturing families would benefit from starting or joining a coalition with similar goals. Coalitions become our village.

Addressing the root causes for family separation and transforming residential care is too large and complex for any one agency or organization to tackle. In these circumstances, putting together a coalition of groups and individuals can be an effective strategy for changing mindsets and influencing or developing public policy in government, and other relevant sectors. Coalitions are better at mapping of resources (including services and funding). Tracking progress is more efficient and effective through collaboration and coalitions are invaluable in advocacy because they create structures for organizations and individuals to share ownership of common goals.

Join this coaching table if you have dreams to see your nation, state or community come together to solve its own problems. During this coaching session, you will share, learn, ask questions, and walk away with some clear action steps. Kimberly has pioneered a national coalition on alternative care and is a member of two other coalitions. She has seen first-hand how coalitions build consensus and create collective impact.

(Kimberly Quinley, Step Ahead)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Conducting Effective Home Assessments for Reintegration (Coaching Table)

What if the home isn’t good enough? This question comes up a lot when discussing reintegration. Come discuss how Agape uses effective home assessments to find just the right home for each child. We can discuss how Agape uses the Child Status Index to determine placement options, effective interventions, and monitor the home to ensure the best interest of each child in our program.

(Jonathan Dowell, Agape Children’s Ministries)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Conflict Management and Team Ministry

Biblical ministry brings people of different backgrounds, races, and nationalities together. As people work together for this cause, conflicts inevitably arise. How we respond to conflict is critical as we seek healthy relationships and effective ministry. Come learn the sources of conflicts in your ministry as well as practical ways to respond to in a Biblical way.

(Maron Chomba, Lifesong for Orphans)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Crafting Beauty from Broken Pottery: A Hands-On Art Experience

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create something even stronger, more beautiful. This 400-year-old technique highlights the “scars” as a part of the design and uses this as a metaphor that there is great beauty in brokenness. In this process, Kintsugi teaches us an important lesson: in the process of repairing things that are broken, we actually create something more unique, beautiful and resilient. Join us to create your own work of Kintsugi art that you can take home as a lasting reminder of how brokenness-and-beauty come intertwined.  Please note that space is available while supplies last.

(Heidi Marsh, Revive)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Creating a Trauma-Informed Culture in your Ministry Site

The challenge to be trauma-informed can feel daunting if you don’t know where to start. Come learn the basic steps to creating a trauma-informed culture in your organization, resources to help in the process and lessons we’ve learned along the way.

(Samantha Mathews & Caroline Burns, Back2Back Ministries)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Critical Competencies in Preparing Foster and Adoptive Families in International Settings

Competencies for becoming a foster and/or adoptive family will be defined. Participants will be given clear details and strategies specific to the areas needed to develop the readiness to receive a foster or adoptive child.

(Lynn & Ruby Johnston, LAMb International)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Critical Conversations: Innovation and Excellence in Child Sponsorship Programs (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Current child sponsorship models focus on creating a connection between sponsor and child. But do these connections ever come at the expense of a vulnerable child? Hear from an organization that is rethinking child sponsorship and consider how you may reshape your model to protect your children and honor their stories while continuing to engage donors in your mission.

(Laura Kost, Open Arms International & Kory Kaeb, Lifesong for Orphans)

This members-only workshop is 75 minutes.

Cross Pollination: Growing Meaningful Partnership Between Churches of Different Colors

Churches with distinct racial, economic and cultural make-ups have immense gifts to offer one another. But bridging the gaps is easier said than done. It’s worth it! Join us as we explore together how to forge friendship, share strategy and even labor side-by-side with church communities different from your own. Ultimately, we aim for meaningful partnerships with neighboring church communities to do justice together for children in foster care despite our differences, denominations and distinct giftings.

(Facilitated by: D.J. Jordan, The Pinkston Group Joined by: Mike Osiminski, Greater Detroit Partnership; Peter Watts, World Impact; Bishop Aaron Blake, Harvest Family Life; and Felicia Mason-Edwards, DFPS)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

 

Cultivating a Co-Missional Marriage (Pre-Summit Intensive)

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. Beth and Todd co-lead Back2Back Ministries and have lived internationally for 15 years. This day will be full of resources, discussion, instruction, invitation and challenge. It is not for a PG audience, as they will talk openly about conflict, communication and intimacy.  Add this special pre-summit intensive when you register online.  LEARN MORE.

WHEN: Wednesday, 8:30am – 2:30pm

 

Culturally Competent Ways to Facilitate Attachment (Coaching Table)

This coaching table will focus on the different facets of attachment and how these may vary across cultural contexts. We will discuss ways professionals can educate caregivers about and facilitate attachment in culturally competent and respectful ways.

(Mandy Howard, Samford University)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Data as a Tool for Transforming Foster Care Where You Live

Some people think of data merely as numbers. However, data is used everyday to tell stories that mobilize others to step into the lives of hurting people. The data from the communities where you live has the potential to motivate and mobilize church, organizational, and business leaders in your community to transform the foster care experience for thousands of kids and families. Learn how from a team of leaders from organizations that have been doing it for years.

(Bob Bruder-Mattson, Faithbridge; Chris Campbell, 111Project; Michelle Douglas, The CALL; & Adrien Lewis, GO Project)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Developing a Holistic Approach to Church Orphan Care Ministry (Coaching Table)

This coaching table is ideal for pastors, particularly local and global mission pastors, as well as church leaders (volunteer or staff) leading church based orphan care ministries. At this coaching table, we will dialogue about what it looks like to develop a holistic approach to orphan care using the helpful frame work described in Jason Johnson’s blog post. Participants will walk away with clarity on how to effectively and strategically engage orphan care in a broader, more holistic way – from prevention, to intervention, to restoration.

(Gabriel Forsyth, Mosaic Church)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Developing a Ministry Action Plan (MAP)

Learn how your church or organization can MAP out a plan that will carry your adoption and/or foster care ministry to the next level. Ministry Action Plan (MAP) helps organizations walk through a simple and measurable goal-setting process using an easy-to-use tool that aides church and non-profit leaders in thinking through: recruitment of dedicated people, pinpointing available resources, and setting attainable goals for your ministry no matter how long (or short) it has been operational.

(Ty Bryant, Promise686)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Developing a Ministry Action Plan (MAP) (Coaching Table)

This coaching table will diver deeper into what participants learned in the workshop entitled “Developing a Ministry Action Plan (MAP)”

This coaching table will focus on how to successfully use a workable model for coming up with measureable, attainable goals for your foster care/adoption ministry. The participants will walk through a Ministry Action Plan (MAP) to guide them through the best goals for the coming year, and will learn how having measure goals that are simple to execute is a proven model for building, strengthening, growing, and maintaining an organized and fruitful ministry.

The MAP is a packet of easy-to-use worksheets whereby ministry leaders will have a chance to walk through the sections of the packet and understand the three key components for successful ministry including: dedicated people, available resources, and attainable goals. Walking the participants through this short, yet thorough, exercise using the MAP packet will help them begin to set the goals they see for their ministry before they leave the table that day.

(Ty Bryant, Promise686)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Diapers to Dentures: Engaging Your Whole Church in Orphan Care (Coaching Table)

This coaching table is perfectly designed for pastors and church orphan care leaders. Attendees will hear from a seasoned orphan care leader about engaging their whole church in orphan care, from children to senior adults. They will have the opportunity to share their experience in this space and will receive coaching and resources to take their orphan care ministry to the next level.

(Eric Porter, Backyard Orphans)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  It is being offered twice.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Discipling Children Coming From Hard Places

Research shows a direct, positive relationship between healthy attachment and a relationship to God. This workshop will guide the application of these findings to develop discipleship strategies for both home and church for kids coming from hard places.

(Rick Morton, Lifeline Children’s Services)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Effective Global Partnerships: Connecting Your Church to What God is Doing Around the World

What does it look like to form partnerships based on the very best interest of the children we serve? Healthy partnerships drive fruitful ministry, and nowhere is that clearer than in cross-cultural partnerships and short-term missions trips. For some churches, partnerships are new and burgeoning and strategies are in the midst of being formed. For others, partnerships have existed for decades, and may require some updating and revision. But for any partnership, the short- and long-term wellbeing of the children and families served is paramount. Engage with others who believe in the great potential of short-term trips to do both good and harm, and who are wrestling with how to proceed with wisdom and care, for the best possible care for children.

(Facilitated by: Elli Oswald, Faith to Action Initiative Joined by: Evans Baggs, Port City Community Church; Toni Steere, Houston’s First Baptist Church; and Kari Stewart, Timberline Church)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Effective Reintegration Program Management (Coaching Table)

Seeing a child reconnect with their biological family, and go on to have a healthy and safe relationship, is always a fantastic win. Facilitating family reintegration well requires many moving parts to be successful, but it can be done with the right strategy and good organization. Come discuss your questions about team performance, financial management, and auditing of home visits to ensure each and every family receives the support they need.

(Chris Page, Agape Children’s Ministries)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Effectively Leading in a Large Church Context

This session is specifically designed for pastors, ministry leaders and volunteers leading OVC ministries in large church contexts. We will unpack how one church’s ministry tackled the tensions that arise between serving families, providing pathways to community and maintaining strategy and symmetry within a large, complex and multi-campus system. You will also have the opportunity to hear from other church leaders who are leading in large and/or multi-site churches during a panel discussion and group Q&A time. You’ll walk away with new connections, fresh and practical insights and clarity moving forward as you navigate the complexities of leading this ministry in a large church context.

(Facilitated by: Lesli Reece, Fostering Together Joined by: Toni Steere, Houston’s First Baptist Church; Kim Botto, Crossroads Church; Laura Mobley, Traders Point Christian Church; and Blaine Hamilton, Southeast Christian Church)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Embracing Adoption’s Inherent Loss and Grief: Knowing and Loving Adoptees

Few people enjoy talking about loss and grief — it is complicated, painful, and nuanced enough that often we just don’t know what to say or do to support someone who has experienced tough things. Because loss precedes adoption, it is woven throughout an adopted person’s story, leaving an adopted person with the lifelong task of making sense of the losses that may surface throughout the years. As parents, professionals, church leaders, and those who love them, it is vital that we become aware and comfortable with loss and grief in order to demonstrate understanding and empathy. Learn about the various losses experienced by each member of the adoption constellation, triggers for loss, and how ambiguous loss best describes the losses within adoption. Social Worker Tara VanderWoude, an adoptee and an adoptive parent, will also share how parents can talk with their children about adoption loss, creating a safe place where curiosity and big feelings are expected and accepted. For we know that when those who love adoptees can see the beauty and the losses within adoption, that the adopted person may truly feel most known and loved.

(Tara VanderWoude, Social Worker, Advocate, Educator)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Empowering Your Children’s Ministry Staff for Success

Adoptive and foster parents, as well as ministry leaders, need tools and resources to share with their church leadership. This workshop is intended to equip experienced parents and ministry leaders to use their knowledge of trauma to empower children’s ministry leaders, volunteers, and even pastoral staff so they can better serve those who have experienced trauma. We will cover how to approach leadership & what tools they can teach that will help children’s ministry leaders feel empowered to serve our children. Participants will leave with a plan of action to equip their church.

(Ryan and Kayla North, One Big Happy Home)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Empowering Your Children’s Ministry Staff for Success (Coaching Table)

This discussion is for leaders and staff working in children’s and student ministries, overseeing the recruitment and training of volunteers. We’ll discuss how to incorporate trauma informed training into children’s and student ministry volunteer pipelines in your church in order to help them feel empowered to service kids best. You’ll walk away with new connections and a plan of action for your ministry.

(Ryan North, One Big Happy Home)

This free coaching table session is 75 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Engaging Brokenness with Increasing Resilience and Deepening Spiritual Maturity

While there are inevitable emotional, spiritual, and theological challenges in engaging brokenness, it doesn’t have to leave us depleted, dry, or defeated. Come take a deep dive into the spiritual rhythms and disciplines the frontline staff of International Justice Mission use to engage their mission with increasing resilience, deepening spiritual maturity, and surprising joy.

(Jim Martin, International Justice Mission & Author of The Just Church)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Establishing and Sustaining a Multi Church Collaboration

We are better together than we could ever be apart. Come work on ideas to collaborate across organizational and church boundaries in your community in order to achieve greater impact. Take time to assess what you bring to the table and learn how to use that to find your fit and offer it in a more collaborative way. No one church in your community has to do everything, but each church can do something. You’ll walk away with new connections and practical next steps to move towards a more collaborative effort in your community.

(Jen Decker, Westside Family Church; Hannah Mabie, Colonial Presbyterian Church; and Amy Ames, Heartland Community Church)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Excellence & Best Practices in Short-Term Missions (Coaching Table)

This coaching table is ideal for anyone who leads or organizes short-term mission trips, particularly youth and missions pastors. We will candidly discuss common pitfalls and errors made on the mission field and how to remedy these with best practices. The goal should always be to send and lead a short-term team that is truly a blessing and not a burden to those you are going to serve.

(Casi Young, Go Be Love International)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Extending Orphan Care to the Unborn: Embryo Adoption (Coaching Table)

Learn how you can give birth to your adopted child, and how the church can rescue the 1.6 Million orphaned embryos by giving them life. We will discuss the following topics about Snowflakes® Embryo adoption: What is it? What is the Christian’s responsibility and what does the Bible say about it? How great is the problem of stored embryos? How can we help solve the problem? Why do we use the term “adoption?”

(Daniel Nehrbass, Nightlight)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Faith-Based Support for Foster and Adoptive Families

We will explore three key avenues of support: emotional/spiritual, informational, and tangible. We will dive deep into how to build sustainable and healthy emotional support groups for families that meet the needs of both the parents and the children.

(Jenn Hook (Ranter), Replanted Ministry and Refresh Chicago & Mike Berry, Confessions Of An Adoptive Parent LLC)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

Family Strengthening: Proven Practices and Strategies

Even with the best care settings, separation from parental care always brings with it a layer of trauma. How can we prevent that trauma from happening at all? Family strengthening – whether involving psychosocial, educational, vocational, or other kinds of supports, can prevent children from being unnecessarily separated from their parents. Join panelists serving vulnerable families around the world, and hear about what works to prevent separation or empower a family to reunite. Walk away with your one next step toward strengthening families in your context.

(Facilitated by: Elli Oswald, Faith to Action Initiative Joined by: Delia Pop, Hope and Homes for Children; Tracy Imbach, American Friends of International China Concern; Chris Page, Agape Children’s Ministry; Claudia Leon, Buckner; Kate Borders, World Orphans; and Kimberly Quinley, Step Ahead)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Fearful Women Wanted: How Fear of the Lord Shapes Lives that Saves Lives

Join this invaluable conversation among engaging women from varied life stages and perspectives. Consider Biblical truths and practical insights for actively obeying God in defending children from hard places, challenging the culture, loving your neighbors and impacting your church communities.

(Aixa de López, Author and Speaker)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Financially Stable: Turning Your Start-Up into a Sustainable Organization (Coaching Table)

How to take your start-up organization and raise funds to sustain your orphan care programs through major donor giving and events. This coaching table is designed to assist organizations struggling or just starting to raise support for their programs through major donors. This is an interactive coaching table so come prepared to share your experience, success, fears and walk away with tangible steps that you can take tomorrow to move your organization financially forward in 2019.

(Felix Gonzalez, Love Made Visible)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Finding Families for Children: The Condition, Needs, and Challenges of International Adoption

Come join this vibrant discussion on what needs and challenges children face in the midst of the international adoption process. Learn more about the current state of international adoption around the globe — as well as how you as a parent or agency can contribute to solutions.

(Facilitated by: Herbie Newell, Lifeline Children’s Services Joined by: Hollen Frazier, All God’s Children International; Ryan Hanlon, National Council for Adoption; and Bethany Haley, CCAI)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

Five Steps to Transition Donors to Support a New Care Model and Improve Fundraising

Good ministry cannot happen without stable funding. When you’re planning to transition your model of care, it can feel overwhelming. How will you bring donors with you? How will you fund initial costs? Over the past year, we have studied organizations who have successfully transitioned their model- and brought their donors with them. In this workshop, you’ll learn the from five principles to bring your donors along on the journey, improve fundraising outcomes, and create financial capacity to provide better care for vulnerable children and families.

(Brian Carroll, markempa)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

For Senior Pastors: Leading and Influencing Culture from the Top-Down

As a senior leader in your church, how do you strategically move your people towards justice and mercy? More specifically, how does the Gospel compel us to advocate for the orphaned and vulnerable in our cities and world? This breakout will be an inspirational and practical breakout for pastors that want to continually cultivate a heart for the marginalized into the fabric of their churches. Through engaging with other churches, state agencies, and non-profits, we can make a collaborative impact for the sake of the gospel.

(Renaut van der Riet, Mosaic Church)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Foster Care, Immigrants, and Shalom: Addressing Broken Systems—and the Brokenness Within Yourself

After eight months of separation, my five-year-old foster ran to her biological mother and I saw shalom on earth. This workshop will lay a framework for how we must address the brokenness within as we address broken systems in orphan care.

(Gena Thomas, The Chalmers Center)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

From Head to Heart: How the Right Stats and Strategies Can Drive Greater Results

It’s common to hear, “Ministry is about relationships and not numbers.” True, but every number represents a life. Lead your organization to consistently evaluate and analyze objectives, activities, and metrics to multiply its impact for children.

(Stephen Robert, One More Child)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

From Head to Heart: How the Right Stats and Strategies Can Drive Greater Results (Coaching Table)

It’s common to hear, “Ministry is about relationships and not numbers.” True, but every number represents a life. Lead your organization to consistently evaluate and analyze objectives, activities, and metrics to multiply its impact for children. This will be a practical small group follow up to the workshop. Attendance at the workshop is recommended but not required.

(Stephen Robert, One More Child)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Funding Your Adoption

Covering the cost of adoption can be overwhelming, but this session will give you invaluable practical tools to help make a plan. Join this interactive session to learn easy to manage fundraising and creative income ideas. Interact with representatives from grant organizations and fundraising partners ready to help you navigate grants and other funding opportunities.  Bring your questions and come ready to map out plans!

(Facilitated by: JT Olson, Both Hands Foundation Joined by: Rich Metcalfe, Lifesong; Becky Wilmoth, Bills Tax Service; Kate Johnson, Pathways for Little Feet; Kathy McKinney Show Hope; and Tami Burkett, ABBA Fund)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Go Big AND Go Home

Dr. Jerry Haag believes in going big in ministry and with family. This is a workshop for church and non-profit leaders who realize putting their families first is easier said than done. Come learn tangible ways leaders can work hard in both ministry and at home – so their families thrive.

(Jerry Haag, One More Child)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Good Grief: Seven Ways to See Grief as a Gift

Heartache is basically a prerequisite for those of us on the foster/adoption journey, but it doesn’t need to define us, and it certainly doesn’t deserve the final word in our story. Is it possible to see grief as a gift? (Spoiler alert: It is!) Come join the conversation with someone who was adopted and has adopted and understands many of the unique pain points from both perspectives. Learn tangible strategies to move past paralyzing doubt or disappointment. And as a bonus: Everyone who attends will receive a gift to take home that is (nearly) guaranteed to change your life.

(Trisha Priebe, Lifesong for Orphans)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Government Collaboration: Keys to Successful Partnership from Local Alliances Around the World

Local alliances of churches and NGOs are changing hearts and minds toward family care in dozens of countries around the world. Come hear how these alliances are partnering with their governments in Romania, Guatemala, Zambia and Paraguay, and learn their keys to success.

(Liviu Mihaileanu, Fara Orfani – Romania; Simon Kanyembo, Children in Families Initiative – Zambia; Brian McCobb, Paraguay Protects Families – Paraguay; and Aixa de López, Author and Speaker – Guatemala)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

 

Government Partnerships and Religious Conscience (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Rapidly changing social values have set efforts to secure LGBT rights at odds with the longstanding commitments of many faith-based organizations, particular in the field of foster care and adoption. Governments agencies are eager for the help of faith-motivated organizations, churches, and families. But many new laws and policies are increasingly intolerant of organizations that do not affirm prevailing views of marriage and sexuality. Is there any hope for solutions that allow organizations to remain faithful in both service and conviction? Join a senior US government official and the the legal advocates defending faith-based organizations in Michigan and Philadelphia to explore the current landscape nationwide and what it looks like to prepare wisely for the future.

(Facilitated by: Jerry Haag, One More Child Joined by Roger Severino, Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Montse Alvarado & Nicholas Reaves, Becket)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Heading Back to a Child’s Country of Origin: Exploring the Current Trends of Heritage Trips and Birth Mother Searches

Considering a heritage trip or pursuing an international birth mother search for you or your child? Come hear practical guidance, things to consider, testimonials, and personal experiences from professionals and
families walking this journey.

(Herbie Newell, Lifeline Children’s Services)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Help! I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know About Funding My Ministry

Funding fuels ministry opportunities and growth. New and developing ministry leaders will look at four unique funding plans, explore a dozen ministry revenue streams and work on their own Comprehensive Fund Development Plan with experienced leaders.

(Janet Rowland & Shelly Radic, Project 1.27 and Brian Strawser, Florida 1.27)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Help! I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know About Funding My Ministry! (Coaching Table)

Dive deeper into creating a Fund Development Plan for your ministry with personalized coaching. Specific funding areas for coaching include grant writing, general donations, earned revenue and fundraising events.

(Shelly Radic, Project 1.27)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Help! I’m Planning An Orphan/Stand Sunday Event! (Coaching Table)

Are you interested in using Orphan/Stand Sunday as a tool to engage your church or community and don’t know where to start? Speak to seasoned lay leaders about the power of Orphan Sunday and get your questions answered about everything from seeking approval to available resources to implementation, for any size congregation or group.

(Jodi Lewis, Families of Promise)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Helping Biological Children Navigate Trauma in Foster Care & Adoption (Coaching Table)

How will adoption and foster care affect your biological children? You may be considering or in the midst of figuring this out. Join Pam and her daughter Kristan to discuss common struggles and successes. Glean strategies for healing and helping all the children — adopted, foster, or biological — in your house to thrive. Learn from the experiences of Pam and her family who moved from an 11-year-old only child to a family of eight!

(Pam Parish, Connections Homes)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Helping Caregivers Hold Hard Stories for Traumatized Children

Part of becoming a Safe Boss for hurt children is expanding our ability to hold their pain. This workshop will focus on what it means for caregivers to be containers and history keepers for the children in our care while continuing to delight in the journey.

(Paris Goodyear Brown, Nurture House)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Helping You Disciple Your Adopted Teenager

As parents, we desire to see our children become disciples of Jesus. Children who have been adopted – especially teenagers – have unique perspectives on God. So how do we help them embrace their Heavenly Father in spite of their past experiences?

(Arthur Woods II, Educator & Speaker)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

How Can We Best Support Kin Carers in Global Settings? (Coaching Table)

Any church or organization working with kids from hard places will inevitably come across extended relatives caring for vulnerable children. Although these types of care settings may have characteristics and needs that overlap with foster care and adoption, there are also needs, advantages, and complexities unique to the special and layered relationship. Join us to discuss ways to best advocate/ prepare/ support, collaborate across all systems involved, and encourage kin to care for their relatives without parental care.

(Connie Belciug, Children’s Emergency Relief International – CERI)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

How Can You Best Empower Families in Reintegration (Coaching Table)

Bring your current challenges and questions and come ready to discuss the key questions in successful reintegration. Our conversation will include topics like negotiating school fees, providing food security and helping struggling families with a community-based approach. Learn proven ways to work with established local culture and avoid dependency.

(Wesley Corbitt, Agape Children’s Ministries)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

How to Build a Responsible Reintegration Program

Reintegrating children back into their families is a primary goal of successful orphan care and family preservation. Come learn proven and replicable principles of a successful reintegration program. Discover keys to success that you can apply in your own family preservation efforts.

(Jonathan Dowell, Agape Children’s Ministries)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

How to Create Valuable Content for a Blog or Podcast (Coaching Table)

Learn how to create content for a blog or podcast. This coaching table provides outlines and insight on how to create content including how to interview foster/adoptive families and orphan care advocates.

(Kenneth Camp, Author)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

How to Develop a Church Special Needs Ministry to Serve Adopted and Foster Children…and Others Forgotten

So how do you start and grow a special needs ministry in your church? Whether you have an existing program or have yet to begin, there are excellent organizations that specialize in walking alongside churches as they develop their special needs ministry. Based on the needs of the special needs community you hope to support, programming may vary. We’ll highlight the importance of getting to know the families you hope will participate to understand their most significant needs…and then identify an organization from the many we recommend that will offer free resources to bring your vision to life. This workshop will focus on children adopted or fostered with special needs, but will also include ministry vision that includes others with special needs as well. Ultimately, it is not about churches serving “them,” but serving “together” as special needs programming enhances the life of an entire congregation. The whole church family will be blessed through the community that is created by loving and supporting people with special needs and their families.

(Becky Davidson, Rising Above Ministries)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

How to Harness the Power of Story to Help Children Heal from Trauma

Do you serve children who have experienced trauma? Whether these children are in your ministry, your church, or your family, you can harness the power of story to help them heal. In this interactive and engaging workshop, you will:
· Learn principles and practices of effective storytelling
· Listen to and discuss clips from RiverCross radio dramas, Holding Esther and Jabota Bridge
· Practice crafting stories that open hearts and bring healing to the children in your care
· Learn to help your children tell stories that give you insight to their experiences, their thinking, and their hearts so that you are more effectively able to walk with them on their healing journey and help them connect with the One who is writing their story.

Every participant will receive a RiverCross Toolkit including Holding Esther, Jabota Bridge, and a mini-guide with discussion questions for each episode.

(Cindy Finley & Jessica Hughey, RiverCross)

This workshop is 60  minutes.

 

How to Make Social Media Work for your Nonprofit (Coaching Table)

Learn practical tips and strategies for using your organization’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to motivate your supporters, share your message and expand your reach. Find out how to create effective content to get more likes, shares and overall engagement. (Hint: you do not need to be a graphic designer to create beautiful posts.) You will also learn how to save time by planning and creating a month’s worth of social media content in one sitting.

(Tammie Haveman, Together for Good)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

How to Surround Families in Crisis with a Caring, Compassionate Community (Coaching Table)

How can you use, turn, and/or create a compassionate community where children are safe and families are preserved and transformed? Join this interactive discussion and planning hour with Safe Families for Children to start building a community of devoted volunteers to keep children safe and families intact. Learn the steps to host vulnerable children and create extended family–like supports for desperate families.

(Jim Whitfield, Safe Families for Children)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

How to Talk Adoption so Your Child will Listen (Coaching Table)

Talking adoption to kids is the #1 question of adoptive and foster parents. This coaching session will incorporate principles about how to enter your child’s world, tremendous opportunities to share, and a unique set-up for sharing that you’ll experience and then be able to use with your children in the future. Veteran adoptee, Sherrie Eldridge, will be ready to listen to your thoughts/concerns about this topic…and provide answers.

(Sherrie Eldridge, Author)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

How Your Core Elements Results Can Make Your Life Easier (Coaching Table)

This is a time to explore how to best leverage your Core Elements results for your organization in programming, fundraising, and communicating with stakeholders. You should come with a copy of your core elements and specific questions. This session is best suited for program coordinators, advancement professionals, and organization leadership.

(Mandy Howard, Samford University)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

How Your Organization Can Better Serve the Church

For agencies, bridge ministries and other non-profits, engaging churches can sometimes seem elusive. If you find it to sometimes be a struggle, there are some important things about your message, your posture and your motivations that could make all the difference. This session will be led by a combination of organizational leaders and church leaders who can give you insight into what the church leaders in your community might be thinking and how you can serve their mission rather than asking them to serve yours.

(Kiira Churchill, Mission Point Community Church; Jason Johnson, CAFO; and Bishop Aaron Blake, Harvest Family Life)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Identifying & Preparing Families for Reintegration (Coaching Table)

Finding and preparing a family to receive a child into their home can be hard. Come discuss the challenges of family tracing and preparation and learn how Agape works to find the best placement for each child. No matter if it takes a week or years, this critical step in the process can set the child and family up for success.

(Andrea Dowell, Agape Children’s Ministries)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Institutional and Residential Care: What’s the Difference?

We all want children to be in families. However, for certain children in certain contexts, wise and intentional group care may be the best care option. What characteristics make some group care healthy and appropriate, while other group care settings are deemed “institutional?” Hint: it’s about more than the size of the program. Listen as three veteran experts with varying opinions engage in civil discourse to identify what matters most in group care.

(Delia Pop, Hope and Homes for Children; David Nowell Hope Institute; & Mike Douris, Orphan Outreach)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

International US Policies & Priorities for Vulnerable Children…And How You Fit In (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Hear from US government leaders on current international priorities, policies and programs that affect global OVC care. Whether you desire to seek public funding, to participate in non-financial partnership, or simply to better understand the environment in which you serve, this is for you.

(Sarah Gesiriech, U.S. Agency for International Development)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Investing In the Next Generation of OVC Advocates

Come learn how your organization can be a part of investing in the next generation of orphan care advocates. We’ll focus on internships, training and education, and missions and more. Bring your own ideas for creative and meaningful ways that we can all contribute to raising up the the next generation of leaders, caretakers, and champions for vulnerable children.

(Facilitated by: Leah St. Pierre, CAFO Joined by: Ashley Otani, CAFO; Erica Switzer, Identity Mission; Olivia Stanton, Show Hope and Carly Glista, Back2Back)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Invisible Beauties… A Workshop for Healing Through Poetry

You may not consider yourself a poet, but God can use poetry in your life as a means of revealing depth, truth and healing. Author and writing instructor Vicky Edmonds will help us learn how to write poetry to soothe our own brokenness and find our beauty. As an adoptee and a survivor of child abuse herself, Vicky has devoted her life to teaching poetry for social emotional learning to children and adults, bringing her original curriculum to hundreds of at-risk facilities, schools and churches over the last 28 years. * No previous writing or poetry experience needed! *

(Vicky Edmonds – Writes of Passage, One Cell in the Body of God, and Invisible Beauties)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Keeping Integrity in the Stories You Share

When it comes to advocating for orphaned and vulnerable children, how do we maintain integrity while fully connecting with supporters, donors, and the public? This interactive workshop dives deep to discuss how to engage without exploitation, including both crafting and sharing messages that represent our own ministries and ministry work of others. We’ll talk about best practices in both stories and photography, and what due diligence needs to be taken before we like and share content created by other ministries, news organizations, and public interest groups.

(Ronne Rock, Orphan Outreach; Emily Richards, Show Hope; and Pam Parish, Connections Homes)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

Know Thyself….and Your Audience (Coaching Table)

One of the best things you can do to grow your leadership skills is to understand your personality and what naturally drives you. Come receive tailored coaching for your individual personality and team culture, strengthening your leadership for the long haul. When you recognize your strengths and weaknesses, you are able to give your best as you work with people around you, as well as, learn how to connect best with your listener. Join Dr. Sherri McClurg and learn your individual strengths & weaknesses through the DISC Method of personality. Walk away with tangible methods to better lead and relate to those around you. Take these principles back to your team and transform the culture of your office.

(Sherri McClurg, New Horizons for Children & John Maxwell Team)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Learning How to Father Well

For foster and adoptive dads who know they need a safe place to interact with other dads, this workshop is for you. Find a safe place to share struggles and joys of being a foster or adoptive dad. Walk away with tangible tools to improve as a dad.

(Kenneth Camp, Author)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

Leveraging Your Data to Improve Programs and Communicate with Donors (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

How do you maximize your results from the Core Elements self-assessment taken during member renewal? Learn about CAFO-wide data trends, what your results mean, how they can improve your programming, and how to use them to communicate with your financial partners and other key stakeholders.

(Mandy Howard, Samford University; Nicole Wilke, CAFO; Mike Douris, Orphan Outreach; Karl Dinkler, CAFO)

This members-only workshop is 60 minutes.

Life in Limbo

Life in Limbo is an experience that walks participants through the unique complexities related to the child protective system. This intense experience is meant to enlighten and strengthen advocacy movements as well as grow empathy in those who are currently serving or interested in serving vulnerable and orphaned children. Life in Limbo serves as an “on-ramp”, giving participants the opportunity to walk in the shoes of foster children, families of origin, as well as the foster families who serve them. Life in Limbo is for all, whether you are just starting out or looking for an advocacy tool for an established church ministry or organization. Join us as we discover together how we can build empathy and competency in caring for children.

(Toni Steere, Nick & Rachel Rosenbaum, Houston’s First Baptist Church)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Lipstick on the Mirror: Keeping Your Marriage Vibrant and Your Ministry Moving

When being obedient to God’s call to ministry, most of your time feels obligated to emails, meetings, conferences, projects, etc. These are all things that can be good – but aren’t usually the ingredients for a thriving marriage. Find out how to reclaim the “fire.”

(Jerry & Christi Haag, One More Child)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Living into the Squirm: Open Communication about Sexual Development

Children in residential programs—and also those in foster and adoptive families—often come from high-risk and trauma-laden backgrounds, and this is especially true for OVC in a developing world context. These backgrounds greatly impact a child’s sexual development. Participants will learn about the sexual development of a typically developing child as well as the importance of ongoing, comprehensive discussions about wraparound sexuality education from a child’s caregiver. We will also discuss how trauma impacts typical sexual development, and discuss how caregivers can help the children in their care develop healthy sexuality.

(LeAnn Gardner, Baylor)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Mobilizing Your Church for Mission (Coaching Table)

This coaching table is ideal for pastors and ministry leaders, particularly those focused on local or global mission, as well as lay leaders focused on leading church Orphan Care Ministries. At this coaching table, we will discuss how to mobilize your church for mission using the framework of moving people from unexposed to exposed – and to involved to invested. Participants will walk away with a plan to mobilize their church into actively participating in local and global mission.

(Gabriel Forsyth, Mosaic Church)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

More than Enough: What Foster Care Movement Could Look Like Right Where You Live

A healthy faith-based state foster care movement involves a lot of different individuals and organizations with a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise. This session will introduce you to a team of experts from these various entities who have seen thriving foster care movements start and grow in their own states. This session will introduce you to the most important lessons they’ve learned in starting and growing a faith-based state foster care movement. This workshop is ideal for child welfare professionals, non-profit leaders and church ministries.

(Sharen Ford, Focus on the Family; Lauri Currier, The CALL; Kevin Enders, 4KIDS; Philip Pattison, Foster the Bay; Jason Weber, CAFO; and Bishop Aaron Blake, Harvest Family Life)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

More Than Possible: Helping Families with Special Needs Children to Keep Their Children at Home

Every parent with a special needs child faces many challenges as they seek to care for their child. In the resource rich western world, families with special needs children still face exhaustion, tiredness, and stress. In the developing world, lack of support services, cultural stigma and prejudice, isolation from community and economic scarcity make it even more challenging for families to keep their special needs children at home.

During this workshop participants will:
1)  Identify the challenges that families with special needs children face; specifically focusing on tipping-point issues that can cause the families to either abandon or institutionalize their child.
2)  Learn what interviews and research conducted amongst families with special needs children in China revealed as their key challenges, and what families need to keep their special needs child at home.
3)  Brainstorm the various supports and services that are available in other contexts and how these can be applied into a developing world context.
4)  Identify three things that they can do in their own context to help families keep their special needs children at home.

In some contexts, helping keep special needs children in their families seems impossible. Let’s learn together how this is more than possible!

(David Bondy, International China Concern)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Moving the Needle: OVC Care in Peru (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

In any context, it takes significant collaboration to improve care systems for vulnerable children in families. Of course, collaboration requires connection and a solid understanding of who is doing what. Join this meeting to connect with others serving in Peru, learn about opportunities for collaboration, and dream together about a Peru in which all children are cared for with excellence. [Please remember to pre-purchase your on-site dinner ticket when you register, and bring your dinner with you.]

(Nicole Wilke, CAFO)

This member only workshop is 90 minutes.

Navigating Birth Parent Relationships as a Foster and/or Adoptive Parent

As foster or adoptive parents, we often feel at a loss of how to help our kids process the complexity of emotions surrounding their birthparents. We have questions like “How can I help my child process his feelings about his birth mom?” “How can I practically pursue a relationship with my child’s birthparent?” “What do healthy boundaries look like in these relationships?” In this session, Jami Kaeb shares openly from her experiences and lessons learned. You will walk away with practical next steps and hope, knowing you are not in this alone.

(Jami Kaeb, The Forgotten Initiative & Lifesong for Orphans)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Openness in Adoption: How To Navigate the Hard Stuff (Coaching Table)

Your child has joined your family and all is well in the home, but is openness with the birth family much more complicated than you expected? Join the conversation and gather information to help you navigate the hard stuff of openness in adoption.

(Donna K. Nicholson, Bethany Christian Services)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

 

Parents as Partners: From Co-Regulation to Self-Regulation

Caregivers of hurt children often need an expanded parenting toolkit. Building trusting attachments often requires caregivers to shift their own paradigms first in order to help traumatized children shift theirs. This workshop will delve into the neurobiology of trauma and attachment, and the SOOTHE strategies – a set of skills for helping children when they are not in their choosing minds.

(Paris Goodyear Brown, Nurture House)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Partnering for Children in Families: Reintegration, Fostering, and Adoption

Our goal is to see children grow up in healthy families. For many areas of the world, achieving this goal will require a major transition of services, resources, and attitudes. Making this shift requires healthy partnership with the government, community, church and other practitioners. Come learn about a successful model for family-based orphan care that aims for permanency in a healthy family. Practitioners of this model will address advocacy, building consensus, sensitization of the community and implementation of best practices. Our practice in Lusaka, Zambia, has impacted over 4,500 children since 1998 and will serve as a real life proof-of-concept example.

(Simon Kanyembo, Matrida Phiri, & Cari Armbruster, Alliance for Children Everywhere)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Praise & Petition

Amidst the whirl of our lives, perhaps nothing is more refreshing than the chance to raise praise and petition to God, together with others who share our hurts and hopes for vulnerable children and families all over the world. Join for one hour of simple music, thanksgiving and prayer.

(Robbie Seay, The Robbie Seay Band)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Preparing Families for Receiving Children: Kinship, Foster Care or Adoption (Coaching Table)

Churches! NGOs! Wanting to be a resource for children needing families? We will discuss the preparation, recruitment, and retention for foster, kinship and adoptive parents. In addition, the issue of disruption will be addressed and strategies for post-adoptive services explored.

(Ruby Johnston, LAMb International)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes. Limited space available. Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Prioritizing Sabbath & Sabbatical Rest that Rejuvenates Your Soul, Your Leadership & Your Ministry (Coaching Table)

Leaders are busy, but they should not be hurried. This session will provide practical tips for seeking, requesting and receiving the Sabbath & Sabbatical rest you need to lead and serve others out of the overflow of God’s provision and care – for you!

(Gary Schneider, Every Orphan’s Hope)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes. Limited space available. Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Raising Black Children in a Multi-Racial Family

How do we equip our family to battle against the stereotypes and negative impact of society? How do we prepare them for challenges they’ll face beyond our homes? How do we help them form a secure racial identity alongside a Godly identity that is larger than race alone? While addressing issues facing both boys and girls, this panel of African-American dads, daughters, and experienced multi-racial family members will equip you with the wisdom and tools necessary to helping raise black children. Attendees will also receive additional resources and tools provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.

(Clarkston Morgan, Our Daily Bread Ministries & Ambassador Consultants and Julian Goodson, Bethany Christian Services & Thoughts of a Foster Dad, LLC)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Raising Black Children in a Multi-Racial Family (Coaching Table)

How can you equip your family to battle against the stereotypes and negative impact of society? How can you prepare them for challenges they’ll face beyond your home? How can you help them form a secure racial identity alongside a Godly identity that is larger than race alone? Join this interactive conversation and leave empowered with specific guidance and wisdom for your family’s needs.

(Clarkston Morgan, Our Daily Bread Ministries)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Recapturing Lament: A Lost Language of Mercy, Hope and Healing

We will explore the need to recover lament as an expression of faith, instead of understanding it as the opposite of faith. We will then look at specific ways on how Jesus practically applied this lens to the way He lived, which will then allow us to apply this to our lives as well. Ultimately, we will learn a path that allows us to rest in the hope of lament, which is desperately needed, especially when walking with people in the middle of vulnerable and painful situations.

(Vernon Burger, His Voice Global)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Reframing the Struggle: Finding Hope in the Journey of Foster Care and Adoption

Foster and adoptive parents face a unique set of circumstances and experience a wide array of emotions that few can relate to. Their journey is one of equal parts beauty and brokenness, joy and heartache, excitement and exhaustion. There is no textbook on how to be a foster or adoptive parent, no formula, no simple three-step guide. But there is hope. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been on the journey for a while, this session will give you some inspirational and practical tools to help frame the hopes, fears, joys and heartaches through the lens of the gospel.

(Jason Johnson, CAFO)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Refugee Foster Care: Journeys of Hope

There are currently 65.3 million displaced people in the world today, equaling the population of France. Of these, 25.4 million people have left their country as refugees. These staggering numbers account for the largest refugee crisis the world has ever seen. Included in these figures are vast numbers of children, following the dream of a better life and leaving everything they know behind to pursue hope and a future. Broaden your knowledge regarding this afflicted population, and learn about programs in place to help care for them while discussing practical ways to show these children the love of Christ within your church, organization, and community.

(Adam J. Baker, Bethany Christian Services & Keith Lussier, USCCB)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Restoration at the Core

Christa Hicks, trafficking survivor, will share how children from trauma can work to overcome the past and find restoration in Christ. Learn tangible information that will help you recognize the signs of trauma while also helping others heal.

(Christa Hicks, One More Child)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Safeguards in Parenting Vulnerable Children in a Digital Age (Coaching Table)

Dr. Karen Hutcheson, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Adoption Specialist will provide helpful information related to navigating the complicated land mines that our kids are facing in the digital age. Dr. Karen will provide tools for shepherding the hearts and minds of kids and teens related to technology as well as provide important information related to keeping your kids safe. Kids who come from different stories, particularly institutionalization, have a greater risk of being exposed to sexuality or being sexualized.

Learning Objectives:
1. Parents and caregivers will receive factual information related to technology risks as well as positive aspects of technology.
2. Parents and caregivers will have a better understanding of trauma related to parenting kids with histories of hurts.
3. Parents will learn essential aspects of healthy relationships, healthy parenting strategies, and specific ways to keep kids and teens safe related to technology.

(Karen Hutcheson, The Center for Family Connections, PLLC)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Serving as a Family

The Bachmann family has had the opportunity to serve alongside each other for years. Through political exposure, to caring for orphans, lessons have been learned on how to serve together as a family.

(Marcus, Michele, & Elisa Bachmann, Healing Haiti)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Shame, Beauty and the Healing Power of Community

Beauty lies in wait for us around every corner. Who would guess that it is God’s invitation to vulnerability and one of his most profound resources for the healing from shame that we so deeply long for? Who knew that—if we would only open our eyes to it—beauty is the wellspring that God uses to nourish who we are such that we can flourish as we care for the orphan and draw them into doing the same? The good and the hard news is that beauty will find us in an infinite manner of forms and places—but never more profoundly than in the context of deeply connected interpersonal relationships. For indeed, beauty is not merely something that we seek, but something we are becoming. This two-hour workshop will explore the nature of shame and the necessary place of being deeply known in community as the way home to the goodness and beauty that God imagines for us and the orphans for who are in our care.

(Curt Thompson, Being Known and author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Short-Term Missions: Innovation, Alternative Models, and the Way Forward

Short-term mission trips have the potential for great good. They can inspire awareness, advocacy, and giving, and can connect the Church to what God is doing around the world. However, if not well-informed and wisely led, they can cause great harm, especially when engaging with vulnerable children, families, and communities. There is hope, and many OVC-serving organizations are leading the way toward better practice. This session will focus on innovative models of STM, and will assist you and your church or organization in identifying steps towards making your STM trips safer, more meaningful, and more effective for all involved.

(Elli Oswald, Faith to Action Initiative; Peter Kamau, Child in Family Focus – Kenya; Kate Borders, World Orphans; Kimberly Quinley, Step Ahead; Erica Switzer, Identity Mission; Becca Arguello, Back2Back Ministries; Amy Kelly, Back2Back Ministries; Phil Darke, Providence World; Nicole Wilke, CAFO; Ian Anand Forber-Pratt, Children’s Emergency Relief International – CERI; Beth Bradford, Changing the Way We Care; Zipporah Mumbi, Kenya Society of Care Leavers; and Fredrick Mutinda, CRS Kenya)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Simple and Surprising Ways Your Church Can Serve the Foster Care Community (Coaching Table)

You want to do something to help the foster care community. You don’t feel called to bring children into your home but believe there are other ways you can serve. And yet, when you’ve offered help, you’ve been told “We’re fine…” or maybe you’ve heard nothing back at all. If you identify with these questions, this coaching table is for you. Join Jami to talk through your questions, roadblocks, and ideas and leave with concrete action steps to help you and/or your church show Jesus to your foster care community!

(Jami Kaeb, The Forgotten Initiative & Lifesong for Orphans)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Single Parent Adoption (Coaching Table)

Single adoptive parents (or those praying about or in process to be) are invited to register for this coaching table. Led by Autumn Kerr, COO of Go Be Love International and single adoptive mom, this is the place to connect with others who understand the unique journey of single parent adoption. Participants will receive practical guidance and will have the opportunity to ask questions, share ideas and encourage one another.

(Autumn Kerr, Go Be Love International)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Situational Awareness and Security Considerations: Principles for Avoiding and Responding to Crises

Danger and threats abound. Come for an interactive discussion on minimizing and handling threats to you and your team. Discussion includes Thinking Like the Bad Guy, Minimizing Your Profile, Handling Corruption, Bribes and Borders, and more.

(Christopher Graham and Clint Bearden, Kidron Group)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

 

So You’re Considering Adoption? Five Questions You Need to Ask and Where to Find Answers

Thinking and praying about whether to adopt can be overwhelming. Where do we start? Where can I get good information? How do I know who to trust? Learn five key questions to ask and where to find the answers!

(Amber Steffen, Loving Shepherd Ministries)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Software Solutions Forum for Effective Global Ministry

Global ministry requires efficient and effective tools for a wide range of issues — including communications, database, case management, outcomes tracking, translations, team accountability, and more. What software options are being used to meet these very real challenges in every day ministry? Join this interactive software forum to explore practical, real-world solutions used by global organizations. Hear from fellow front-line organizations on how they use software, what solutions they have found and what they are still seeking. Come with one challenge and one software success you’ve found — ready to share and learn together!

(Facilitated by Jeff Thompson, Mercy Projects Joined by: Frank Garrott, Both Ends Believing; Rachel Andrews, Children’s HopeChest; Patrick Childers, Connecting Kids with Care; and Jennifer Libhart, Compassion International)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

 

Soul Care: Luxury or Necessity?

Busy, Driven, Fatigued, Exhausted, Weary, Burned-out, Overloaded, Stressed… Do these words describe how you often feel? It’s no wonder: effective ministry to orphans and vulnerable children can take its toll on a human soul. So to return consistently to the wellspring of it all is essential: hearts rooted deep in Christ and drawing life from Him – including habits and rhythms that tend the health of our souls. This workshop, taught by a lifelong ministry veteran and the author of Running on Empty, will provide guidance and examples for how to practically nourish body, mind and spirit, especially when the needs of others feel so pressing.

(Fil Anderson)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Special Needs Adoption & Foster Care: Do I Have What It Takes?

When considering foster care or adoption of children with special needs, it’s important to be adequately equipped for the journey. Join a panel of parents and glean wisdom and perspective from their day-to-day challenges to help you consider the cost of caring for a child with special needs.

(Facilitated by: Michele Schneidler, Chosen and Dearly Loved Joined by: Stephanie Carpenter, Ting Ministries; Darren Lewis, Calvary Christian Center; Kayla North, One Big Happy Home; and Kasi Pruitt, Lakepointe Church)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Starting from Scratch: How to Lead Your Ministry from Dream to Action (Coaching Table)

This coaching table is ideal for ministries or churches that are just getting started with their foster care and adoption ministry. We will discuss strategies for how to identify a leadership team and then guide them through a planning process that involves both dreaming and practical steps. Participants will leave with a step-by-step implementation process, following the Simon Sinek “Golden Circle” model, that they can utilize upon returning home.

(Blaine Hamilton, Southeast Christian Church)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Stories Matter: How Creativity Inspires Advocacy

Creator of the ReMoved film series, filmmaker and storyteller Nathanael Matanick discusses why telling compelling stories shapes culture, inspires change, and speaks directly to the heart. Discover how telling the right stories in the right ways can build understanding and empathy, inspire action, and cast vision. An interactive workshop, come with questions and we’ll discuss together how stories can change the world.

(Nathanael Matanick, Filmmaker & Storyteller)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

Strategic Planning for Lay Leaders (Coaching Table)

Working in the Shadows: Dynamics of Leading a Church-Based Ministry as a Volunteer, Non-Staff Leader; Explore the intricacies of leading a ministry when you’re not in charge. Discussion will include how to work with your staff leaders, strategic planning, and leadership development.

(Laura Mobley, Traders Point Christian Church)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Strategies for Unlocking Team Potential (Coaching Table)

Participants will learn how to harness team potential through a series of case studies that will provide a deeper understanding of team members, keys to optimal team interactions, and insights for peak performance. Attendance at the Building Stronger Teams through Empowered Communications workshop is recommended but not required.

(Dave Rudko, Providence World)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Strong Communities, Strong Families (Coaching Table)

Those interested in how to build and strengthen community based support for children and families at risk of separation, should attend. Participants will share and explore successful ways to mobilize people in the community to support children, how to unleash the potential of informal community structures, and how to engage government institutions. Participants will walk away with new skills, tools and inspiring examples of successful initiatives.

(Delia Pop, Hope and Homes for Children)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Surviving Puberty and the Sexual Development of Children with Complex Trauma

You will leave this workshop understanding what sexual behaviors should be alarming and what behaviors are considered typical for children with histories of complex trauma. Puberty looks different for these kids, but it doesn’t have to be scary.

(Melody Aguayo, Real Child Consulting, LLC)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Sustainable Social Enterprises: Hands-On How to Get Started (or Accelerate!)

This will be a highly interactive session, allowing in-depth collaboration between actual practitioners and attendees as you work on your own plan for a new and/or accelerated Sustainable Social Enterprise that is well-integrated with your current ministry. You will learn some keys to success as well as lessons learned from mistakes and then you will develop your ideas in a roundtable format where you will receive feedback and guidance from experienced practitioners — ultimately walking out with an action plan and clear next steps!

(Facilitated by: Vivienne Bechtold, CAFO Sustainable Social Enterprise Director Joined by: Joe Knittig, Global Orphan Project/GOEX; Andy Lehman, Lifesong for Orphans; Justin & Emily Carabello, Carabello Coffee; Randy Price, Right at Home; Jeff Greer, Self-Sustaining Enterprises; Lisa Castetter, Framewerk Imaging; Nancy Knapp, Freeset USA; Ryan Berg, Aruna Project; and Don Gerred, Apple of God’s Eyes)

This workshop is 120 minutes.

Tech Wisdom for Raising Kids from Hard Places

Digital technology use is rising exponentially. The benefits are clear, but the risks are less certain. For kids from hard places, the temptations and challenges may be even more significant. Come learn helpful information to navigate the complicated land mines that kids are facing in the digital age. Learn from cutting-edge research examining the relationship between early adversity and technology use, and be equipped with tool to guide you as you shepherd kids’ hearts & minds as learn how to navigate the both the potential benefits and clear risks of a technology-filled world.

(Karen Hutcheson, The Center for Family Connections, PLLC; Mandy Howard, Samford University; Trent Taylor, Former Foster Youth & Adoptee; and Nicole Wilke, CAFO)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

The Church’s Role in Family Restoration

Christ’s followers are called to a ministry of reconciliation, which is exactly what foster care can be. And since reunification is the goal of most foster care placements, the Church has a unique opportunity to come alongside struggling birth parents and point them to the One who has the power to restore their families and reconcile them to Himself. Come receive a deeper understanding of the lives of birth parents in the foster care system and learn practical protective factors that the Church can provide to families.

(Traci Newell, Lifeline Children’s Services)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

The Cognitive Core

Rewiring the brain is possible! Have a child struggling academically, emotionally, or socially? Walk away equipped with a basic understanding of how the brain works, tools and techniques to strengthen the brain, and resources to implement these techniques.

(Ann Maura Hinton, Lifeline Children’s Services)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

The Cognitive Core (Coaching Table)

Rewiring the brain is possible! Have a child struggling academically, emotionally or socially? Walk away equipped with a basic understanding of how the brain works, tools & techniques to strengthen the brain & resources to implement these techniques.

(Ann Maura Hinton, Lifeline Children’s Services)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

The Foster Journey: Characteristics of a Great Foster Parent

Much effort is spent on recruiting more foster parents. But what are the characteristics of great foster parenting and how do we help ourselves and others aspire to this greatness? Come engage in a discussion with former foster youth and seasoned foster parents and glean the most important lessons they’ve learned. Whether you are on the road to foster care or on your way through it, this workshop has been created just for you.

(Johnston Moore, Home Forever; Trent Taylor, Former Foster Youth & Adoptee; Pam Taylor, Mercy for America’s Children; Diego Fuller, Artist & Speaker; and Bruce Kendrick, Watermark Community Church)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

The Intersection of Pain and Purpose

The place of our greatest hurt can become the place of our greatest purpose. Hear from individuals who’ve experienced this deeply — as adoptees, foster youth, parents and leaders — and how God’s grace and personal choices intertwined to turn some of the worst things in life into some of the very best…not only for their own good, but to the good of many others as well.

(Facilitated by: Tony Mitchell, tmLeadership, LLC Joined by: Trent Taylor, Former Foster Youth & Adoptee; Mandy Litzke, Former Foster Youth, Adoptee, & Adoptive Mom; and Ronnie Mosley, Capturing Grace)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

 

The Power of Identity: Real-Life Journeys to Belonging as Children of God

Our identity — that sense of who we really are — profoundly influences how we live. Join Sandra Flach, host of the Orphans No More podcast, as she interviews individuals whose identity has changed profoundly over the course of their lives: from “orphan” or “foster child” to a vibrant awareness of living as a child of God. Alongside real-life stories, we’ll explore what can help a person to experience this shift … and how a change in identity can change all of life.

(Facilitated by: Sandra Flach, Adoptive Mom & Justice For Orphans Joined by: Alex Sam, Everett Mission Charitable Trust; Mandy Litzke, Former Foster Youth, Adoptee, & Adoptive Mom; Daniel Kaggwa, Dove Ministries Africa; and Jacob Sturges, Adoptee, Orphan Sunday Coordinator, & Advocate)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

The Tough Sell: Suggesting Adoption in Medical/Pregnancy Clinics

Learn how pregnancy center staff can make a huge difference in helping pregnant clients to consider adoption. Gain some insight into effective communication about adoption and be prepared with the best responses after, “I could never do that!”

(Theresa Marcroft, Unplanned Good & Valerie Navarrete, RealOptions|Obria Medical Clinics)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

The Virtual Office: Effective Volunteers, Interns and Staff (Coaching Table)

Have you been asking yourself, “Has anyone tamed the new frontier of the virtual office?” The very honest answer is probably not. However, there’s good news! Join this interactive small group to hear and contribute helpful tips and how-to insights on working remotely and managing remote employees/volunteers/interns. We’ll share learnings we’ve had with the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) team, who all work remotely and have mostly remote interns and volunteers. Come with your own “what works for me” ideas and questions.

(Ashley Otani, CAFO)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Tips for Engaging Business Leaders to Engage with Your Ministry (Coaching Table)

One of the greatest opportunities for charities comes from engaging local business leaders in their cause. Yet many non-profits shortchange themselves by focusing only on fundraising and short term goals rather than long-term relationships. This meeting will be about better aligning your mission with the goals of the business executive. How to present the opportunities and how to engage them in a way that provides mutual benefits for both.

(Tony Mitchell, tmLeadership, LLC)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Training Volunteers to Interact with Kids and Families in Foster Care (Coaching Table)

As you expand your foster care work in the community where you live, you are finding more and more opportunities for people in the church to serve children and families outside of foster parenting and adoption. Whether it’s mentoring, advocacy, or support, you have a growing group of volunteers that need to be trained to work with kids who have experienced trauma. The staff at Royal Family Kids prepares thousands of volunteers a year to interact with children in foster care. Come with your questions and learn from their experience in equipping people in the church to love children in foster care well.

(Kerry Rhodes, Royal Family Kids)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Triple Threat: Teenagers, Trauma, and Talking

Triple Threat will explore the difference between trauma teenager behaviors and typical teenager behaviors. The workshop will provide tangible and practical behavior management methods to take home and implement right away.

(Stacey Goodson, Child Welfare Professional & Foster/Adoptive Mom)

This workshop is 75 minutes.

Uncovering Hope in the Hardest of Stories (Coaching Table)

Our goal is to be messengers of hope in the midst of brokenness. But how do we share that hope in an authentic way when the stories are difficult, complex, or sensitive in nature? This coaching table provides more than a few quick tips. It’s a working session that will equip you with tools to communicate with compassion and without compromise.

(Ronne Rock, Orphan Outreach)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Using the Adverse Childhood Experiences Survey (ACE) in Ministry

Have there been people in your ministry unable to fulfill their commitment? Did it come to light that unresolved issues in their lives bubbled up to the surface under the stress of ministry? We all want successful and sustainable ministries as we live out God’s call. One aspect of that is dealing with those things from our past that trip us up. This workshop will look at how to use the Adverse Childhood Experiences survey (ACE) in our own lives and the lives of the staff we work alongside everyday. We will address the “HOW” and “WHAT TO DO.”

(David & Jayne Schooler, Back2Back Ministries)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Valuing Attachment Rituals in the Lives of Children Impacted by Early Institutionalized Care

Connection and attachment are the building blocks that enable children to establishing secure, loving relationships as they face transitions throughout childhood, adolescence, and eventually adulthood. How do we, as orphan care organizations, work to foster attachment and connection in hopes of best outcomes once children leave our care and are placed in the permanency of families through adoption or reunification? One simple and often underappreciated way is through the deliberate practice of providing attachment rituals as part of a child’s daily practice.

Join us for a panel discussion, sharing the value and importance of attachment rituals in the life of a child, how these rituals are particularly important to kids who have difficulty with transitions due to early trauma, how to recognize the attachment rituals your organization may already have in place, and how to creatively deepen connection and attachment by fostering an important aspect of care that can positively influence a child’s future.

(Dan Coley, Cathy Troyer, Katie McGunnigal, and Emily Chapman Richards, Show Hope)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Walking the Tight Rope: How to Balance the Tensions and Seeming Contradictions in Foster Care Ministry

Everyone says keep your message short and clear, but in foster care we live in tensions and contradictions. How do we lead through these? This session is for organizational leaders. We’ll discuss leading networks to embrace, not run from, tensions.

(Katie O’Dell, AZ 1.27; Shelly Radic, Project 1.27; Chelsea Geyer DC 1.27)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

What Can I do When My Leadership Isn’t on Board? Tips for Leading from the Bottom-Up

Are you passionate about orphan care, but struggling to get your church leadership on board? Join us in this workshop to learn what you can do in the waiting. You’ll walk away with practical tools for engaging your pastor and a Biblical understanding of how to serve leaders who “just don’t get it.”

(Eric Porter, Backyard Orphans)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

What’s Working to Transitioning Donors (Coaching Table)

This session is for leaders and those who own donor fundraising. During the CAFO 2018 Summit, we learned one of the biggest challenges that CAFO members face is obtaining buy-in with donors and funding the journey of transitioning and expanding their continuum of care for children. Without donor buy-in, transitioning can come to a halt due to inadequate funding. Moreover, this can negatively impact the organization and the children in their care. The risk is that donors may disconnect because they do not understand the need for transition and change. Additionally, they have concerns for child safety that need addressing along with matters regarding the orphanage buildings and infrastructure. At our table, we will discuss/learn what’s working to transition donors – and the messaging used.

(Brian Carroll, markempa)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

When Date Nights Are Few

Marriage is the foundation of the family. Mark and Kristin Orphan will share the key ingredients of a healthy and satisfying marriage in the midst of the challenges of raising children who have experienced abuse and trauma.

(Mark & Kristin Orphan, Finally Home Foundation)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

When There Isn’t a Doctor: Medical Assessment and Improvised Treatment for the Layman

When isolated from established medical support by distance, natural disaster or mere time, knowing how to decipher and treat medical conditions may be the difference between a routine trip or a total change of plans. Come for an interactive discussion with providers experienced in austere medicine. Learn practical screening techniques to discriminate “can wait” from “can’t wait” conditions and how to improvise various treatments.

(Clint Bearden and Christopher Graham, Kidron Group)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Working Together: Building Collaboration through Regional Alliances

What does it take to start, lead, and grow a Regional Alliance? How do you create a collaborative space for churches, non-profit organizations, and child welfare entities to work together to care for vulnerable children and families in your region? In this workshop, we will discuss how we can create a network that shares best practices with one another and collaborates on effective and creative ways to ensure there are more than enough loving families to care for every vulnerable child in our community.

(Gabriel Forsyth, Mosaic Church; Tiffany Loeffler, Defending the Cause Regional Alliance; and Ray Moore, Empty Chair Ministry)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Working with Churches and Communities to Build Economic Capacity in Families

Our hearts are saddened when families around the world are trapped in the grip of poverty so tightly that difficult choices are forced upon them. When poverty strikes at its deepest level, parents can struggle to provide food, water, healthcare, shelter, and education for their children. In moments of desperation, parents can face the impossible decision to turn their children over to an orphan care or foster care organization, believing this to be the path to a better life for their kids. In this breakout, we will discuss how churches are helping communities to mobilize small amounts of savings, and in the process, provide a dignified way of meeting basic needs and keeping families together.

(Kevin Tordoff, HOPE International)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

 

Working with Governments to Improve Care for Kids (Coaching Table)

Government Relations: Anyone who is engaging the government cooperatively or in a significant partnership who has questions on how to best engage? Also in what challenges they will face and how to address those challenges and how to work in systems that most times are overly bureaucratic, in some cases corrupt and inefficient. Also those who are having trouble with government relations and how to address those issues.

(Mike Douris, Orphan Outreach)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Writing and Speaking About Your Story

As a frequent speaker and author of eight books, Beth will share how to communicate your family’s story in a way that honors your children, and inspires/educates your audience. She will answer questions on how to get started, and what the challenges and delicacies are.

(Beth Guckenberger, Back2Back Ministries)

This workshop is 60 minutes.

Your Child Protection Questions Answered (Coaching Table)

Whether or not we have any background in it, we all enter the world of child protection when we engage in orphan care. No matter the role we play, we are first responsible to prevent further harm to vulnerable children. What does that look like practically? Bring your child protection policies and questions for discussion and troubleshooting as we together explore what is required to keep children safe.

(Kristi Gleason, Bethany Christian Services)

This free coaching table session is 60 minutes.  Limited space available.  Reserve your seat in advance on the Coaching Table page.

Thank you to our CAFO2019 Signature Sponsors

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OneMoreChild

Thank you to our CAFO2019 Sustainer Sponsors

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Buckner
ECFA
lifeline
OCA
Orphan-Outreach
Small-World-Adoption

Thank you to our CAFO2019 Supporter Sponsors

Alabama Baptist Children's Home
Back2Back Ministries
Both Hands
Dave Thomas Foundation
Faith to Action Initiative
Focus on the Family
IHL Group / ROI Initiative
Mercy Projects
Mission Valley Travel
Orbie for Orphans
Ornaments4Orphans
Reece's Rainbow
Replanted Ministries
Safe Families for Children
Show Hope