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Working in the Shadows: Strategic Planning for Lay Leaders: Laura Mobley

Who: Laura and her husband Jason have 2 biological kids and 1 through adoption. She is passionate about equipping the local church to care for orphans and vulnerable children. She leads the Live 1:17 Ministry at Traders Point Christian Church and is the Foster Care Director for Hands of Hope.

What: 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.

When: 9:45AM, Friday May 10th (following her workshop!)

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Building Support Groups for Adoptive and Foster Families: Amanda Dittmer

Who: Amanda Dittmer serves as the WRAP-Around Care Coordinator of Love Made Visible.  Along with the Love Made Visible team she seeks to ensure that families are connected, equipped, and supported.  Along with the Love Made Visible team she seeks to ensure that families are connected, equipped, and supported.  Amanda formerly lived out her calling to love children from hurt places as a Guardian ad Litem.  She continues to advocate for children locally in the foster care system and globally as she travels to serve in orphanages in Africa. She finds it a privilege to help others see that we are not all called to do the same thing, but we can all do something to make a difference in the lives of children from hurt places.  Amanda and her husband Marc have two children and live in Florida.

What: Creating safe and caring environments for adoptive and foster families is so important as families navigate the struggles and joys throughout their journey. This group will discuss how to create a culture of health, hope, and discipleship for new or existing small groups.

When: 8:30AM, Friday May 11

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Importance of Personality Profiles in OVC Excellence: David Rudko

Who: Utilizing over 20 years of applied leadership experience in the public, private and social sectors along with certifications in Coaching, Training, Speaking and Human Behavior Consulting, Dave cultivates individuals and organizations through the training and implementation of the DISC Model of Human Behavior. Through the application of DISC Personality Profiles at La Providencia (a best practice, family-based community of care for orphans and vulnerable children in Honduras), the staff and children have become empowered to understand themselves and others around them for enhanced relationships and more effective team communications and interactions. When organizations use the DISC Personality Profiles, they learn how to unlock individual and collective potential, thereby maximizing strengths, enhancing team building, and significantly boosting overall performance. UNDERSTANDING is the key to better relationships and better results, personally and professionally. Through the study and practical application of the DISC Model of Human Behavior, we will move you and your team in the desired direction to maximize growth and successfully achieve goals – we look forward to assisting you and your team on your journey to better relationships and better results!

What: This session will help you understand why most people fail to properly communicate and how to utilize personality profiles to better understand yourself and others around you for maximized relationships, communications & interactions. It will also help you identify strategies for using personality profiles to serve orphaned and vulnerable children with excellence, whether as adoptive/foster parents, church and non-profit leaders, staff & volunteers or orphan ministry advocates – locally, nationally and/or internationally.

When: 2:30PM, Thursday May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

HELP! I'm Planning an Orphan Sunday Event: Jodi Lewis, Chris Gray & Janiece Wieschhaus

 

Who: Jodi Lewis and her husband Jamie have three teen/young adult children who were adopted internationally. Since 2004 she has been coordinating Families of Promise, Kentwood Community Church’s orphan ministry, which led to leadership in a regional ministry alliance, serving as an Orphan Sunday coordinator, and using Orphan Sunday as a tool to engage her own church for a number of years. One of her favorite jobs as a ministry leader is the opportunity to equip others in local churches, in order to expand the work she is so passionate about.

Chris Gray and his wife, Andrea, have two children that were adopted internationally: Hannah Claire from Lomonosov, Russia and Ava from Wroclaw, Poland. Chris and Andrea created Zacchaeus’ Tree Orphan & Adoption Ministry and have led Orphan Sunday worship services in over 600+ churches promoting orphan and adoption awareness. In their free time, they enjoy swimming, making slim, kayaking and traveling.

Janiece Wieschhaus and her husband, Neal, have one biological daughter and a son and a daughter adopted from Russia.  She has been a state coordinator for Orphan Sunday in Missouri for many years.  She is the orphan ministry coordinator for Dorsett Village Church.  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has also worked for adoption agencies and orphan care ministries.  Her family has served as foster parents for seven years.  She is passionate about orphan ministry and wants to serve in any capacity that the Lord needs her to insure that all vulnerable children are provided with love and care.

 

What: Whether you are new to Orphan Sunday or a seasoned veteran, gain insight from OS coordinators with over a decade of experience. From getting your foot in the door of your local church to partnering with global orphan care agencies, these coordinators will share their tricks of the trade to make your Orphan Sunday event have a lasting and meaningful impact.

When: 9:45AM, Friday May 11

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Learning how to Share Hard Stories Well: Foster Alums | Mandy Litzke, Safe Harbor Orphan Care (Foster Alum)

Who: Born into the tragedy and hopelessness of addiction and abuse, later entering into Foster Care, Mandy shares her story of rescue and redemption; experiencing God’s healing grace allowing her to triumph over adversity & transforming what could become bitterness into blessings. Called to an unimaginable journey of faith & obedience to live out loud James 127.

What: We’ll talk about balancing & blending the brokenness and blessings of our lives, and the children in our home, as we share our journeys through good, bad, and ugly. Come ready to share as we discuss best practices in telling our stories focusing on the beauty from (among) the ashes, as well as allowing God to use stories that we might be ashamed of. 

When: 10:30am, Thursday May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Refugee Foster Care: Homes for Children Who Are Forced To Flee | Tiara Barnwell, Bethany Christian Services

Who: Tiara Barnwell is a graduate social worker who has practiced in the field of international child welfare since 2012. She currently serves as Placement and Program Development Coordinator with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Migration and Refugee Services, where she provides capacity development support, training, and case placement oversight to a national network of foster care programs that serve unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. Previously, she has worked in the fields of international adoption, family reunification services for unaccompanied immigrant youth, and cross-border child welfare and family reunification. She identifies as a biracial “third culture kid” and is passionate about ensuring that migrating children receive trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive support.

What: Did you know there are more refugees in the world today than ever before? Of the millions of people forced to leave their homes, half are children, some of whom will need the nurturing care of a foster family here in the United States. Join Tiara Barnwell for a discussion on ways to get involved as well as tips and resources for meeting the unique needs of refugee and immigrant children in foster care.

When: 3:45PM, Thursday May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

FULL: Raising the Standard of Care: Trauma Informed Care in OVC Excellence: Toni Steere

Who: As an adoptive mama and former missionary to Guatemala Toni Steere comes to the table with a unique perspective. Having lived alongside children from hard places for years she understands the unique joys and challenges that come with residential living. She experienced first hand the reality of needing to craft care for each individual child while not losing sight of the bigger picture. Toni is a Darkness 2 Light Instructor, a TBRI Educator and serves as the Director of Legacy 685, an Adoption, Foster and Orphan Care Ministry of Houston’s First Baptist Church.

 

What: Join the conversation as we dive into the shattered places that deeply impact the work of caring for orphaned and vulnerable children globally. We’ll address several topics including felt safety, sexual abuse prevention (primary & secondary), as well as effective trauma informed models of care. We’ll identify tested and tried resources and provide opportunity for participants to share their greatest challenges as together we pursue a higher standard of care for the children we serve.

When: 10:30AM, Thursday May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

How to Talk with Children about Adoption: Tara VW

Who: Speaking nationwide at conferences, support groups, culture camps, churches, and beyond, social worker Tara VanderWoude educates and challenges parents and professionals on various adoption and race-related topics. She has experienced and studied the many complexities of adoption and is a Korean-born adopted person and adoptive parent who teaches with expertise and reality balanced with humor and grace.

For several years, Tara worked as a social worker at a large adoption agency, educating and guiding families throughout the preparation phase to post-adoption period of their adoption processes. It was during this tenure when she recognized the significant need for lifelong post-adoption education and ongoing support for every member of the adoption community and began regularly speaking and consulting with various organizations and families.

Prior to her professional work in the adoption field, Tara worked as a Medical Social Worker, in-home Family Assessment and Resource Specialist for parents at-risk for child abuse and neglect, and Care Manager Supervisor at a multi-county Area Agency on Aging. Tara holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and currently also works as an Assistant Dean of Students at a Christ-centered classical school.

What: Explore how to talk with children about the complexities of adoption in order to offer adoptees facts about their stories, freedom to ask questions and a safe space to process adoption’s impact on their identities. Discussion will include the nuances of language choice and tone, and attendees will be encouraged to self-reflect on their own beliefs and expectations regarding adoption, adoptees and parenting adopted children.

www.taravanderwoude.com & www.facebook.com/taravanderwoude.

When: 2:30PM, Thursday May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Chai with Sandeep and Ruth: Using our Stories to Encourage Other Adoptees: Sandeep and Ruth Thomas (Adoptees)

Who: Sandeep faced horrible tragedy and trauma as a young child in India and seemed destined for a life of poverty and despair. However, in the providence of God, his adoption at age 6 dramatically changed the course of his life. After 11 years of failure, and many struggles, Sandeep surrendered his life to Jesus and was transformed by the grace of God. Today, at 26, he is a Son of the God Most High, a businessman, a national advocate and speaker for adoption and virtual education and a Manager at Wells Fargo.

Ruth Sneha’s life was endangered even before she was born in India. But, God preserved her life for adoption at 10 months of age to became Sandeep’s younger sister. She lived under his trauma throughout her childhood and struggled with her own into her teens as she wrestled with the loss of her birth-family and identity in this world. By God’s grace, He captured her heart and has redeemed her life for His purposes. Today, at 20, she is a daughter of the King of kings, an ambassador for Petals in the Dust, an adoption advocate, a worship singer, a Starbucks Barista and a Graphics IT student at ASU.

Their hearts’ desire is to live by the grace of God for His glory!

What: “Chai” in Hebrew means “life” and in Hindi means “tea”. Grab a cup of tea and sit down for a conversation on life as an adoptee with Sandeep Thomas! God has chosen us to be twice adopted – first into our forever families and second into His family! Let’s explore how we can use our voices to tell our redemption stories so we can encourage our fellow adoptees to find their eternal hope in Jesus!

When: 2:30PM, Thursday May 10th

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Launching and Leading a Foster Care, Adoption and Orphan Care Ministry in My Church: Steve Gillis

Who: Steve Gillis is the Founder | Executive Director of Patch Our Planet. Steve is an ordained minister who loves serving the Body of Christ. He believes that the Church is the permanent solution to the orphan crisis and that the gospel should be the foundation of every plan. At Patch Our Planet, our focus is setting up a clear and simple process for the local church to meet the need of orphans and vulnerable children, locally and globally. Having advocated at the White House, in orphanages and in local churches all across the country, Steve is committed to helping unleash the pent up care potential in every church by bringing advocates and church leaders together under one unified orphan care strategy.

What: This discussion is uniquely designed for pastors, staff or volunteer leaders launching or leading ministries in their church. It will be an interactive process where attendees can ask specific questions about leading an effective and sustainable orphan and vulnerable children’s ministry, explore best practices, identify resources, discuss strategies of engagement and develop an action plan moving forward. 

When: 2:30PM Thursday, May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

FULL: Building Support Groups for Adoptive and Foster Families: Christine Otts

Who: Christie Otts and her husband Chris are pastors in Austin, TX. They have three biological sons and an adopted 4 year-old daughter from Cameroon. Christie is a part of the Replanted Ministry leadership team. She is passionate about seeing adoptive and foster families well supported and well loved in their journey and equipping and empowering the local church in this area.

What: Creating safe and caring environments for adoptive and foster families is so important as families navigate the struggles and joys throughout their journey. This group will discuss how to create a culture of health, hope, and discipleship for new or existing small groups.

When: 1:15PM, Thursday May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

FULL: Child Status Index: A Free Tool to Measure Our Progress: Dr. Bev Nyberg & Scott Rauth

Who: Dr. Beverly Nyberg has over 40 years’ experience working with children and their caregivers in multicultural settings in the States and abroad, including 10 years in DR Congo. Served as Senior Advisor for OVC at State Dept/PEPFAR (2005-2011) and Peace Corps/PEPFAR (2011-2016). Her doctorate is from The George Washington University, where she was adjunct professor. Currently, she is an independent consultant.

Scott has over 30 years experience in business and organizational leadership, financial oversight, strategic planning and board governance, primarily in the manufacturing and technology industries. Currently he is the founder of Telos Orphan Partners, a ministry devoted to helping every orphan find a good home leveraging technology.  Scott has served on numerous non-profit boards and governing committees for both local and international community programs to help children.  Scott has an BS in Finance from Kansas State University, has an MBA in marketing from the University of Missouri and is a certified financial planner.

What:

When serving multiple children with diverse needs, it can be challenging to know how best to serve them.  The Child Status Index (CSI) is an evidence-based framework for identifying the needs of children and families, allowing organizations to better target the services they provide to increase child wellbeing.  A CSI app has recently been developed, allowing more access to this valuable knowledge than ever before, and participants in this coaching session will have the opportunity to receive free access to this tool.

When: 8:30AM, Friday May 11th

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

FULL: Launching and Leading a Foster Care, Adoption and Orphan Care Ministry in My Church: Jason Johnson, CAFO

Who: Foster and adoptive dad, church planter, speaker, blogger. As the Director of Church Ministry Initiatives for the Christian Alliance for Orphans, Jason speaks and teaches at churches, conferences, forums and workshops on church-based ministry strategies and best practices as well as encouraging families that are in the trenches and those that are considering getting involved. Much of his time is also spent coaching and consulting with church leadership teams from around the country on how to start, lead and grow orphan care ministries within their church.

WhatThis discussion is uniquely designed for pastors, staff or volunteer leaders launching or leading ministries in their church. It will be an interactive process where attendees can ask specific questions about leading an effective and sustainable orphan and vulnerable children’s ministry, explore best practices, identify resources, discuss strategies of engagement and develop an action plan moving forward. 

When: 1:15PM, Thursday May 10th

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

FULL: Grants, Fundraising, & Community Engagement for your Nonprofit: Felix Gonzalez, Love Made Visible

Who: Felix Gonzalez has been with Love Made Visible since its inception in 2013 serving as the Adoption Grants and Fundraising Director and Vice Chairman of the Board. An orphan advocate, he also serves in Central Florida CAFO Regional Alliance growing church relationships and developing partnerships. He’s a 26 year Healthcare Executive with one of the largest Health Insurance Companies in the United States. Felix and his wife Angela are adoptive parents and have co-founded local and global programs with Love Made Visible to serve vulnerable children locally and globally.

Through a number of fundraising initiatives Love Made Visible has been able to provide grants to families seeking financial assistance to bring their adoptive child home to their forever family. Through these initiatives they have also established global programs serving vulnerable children in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Honduras.

What: Come ready to engage in practice ideas for grants and fundraising for your non-profit.

When: Thursday May 10, 1:15pm

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

FULL: Coming Alongside Families in Crisis to Preserve the Family: Jim Whitfield & David Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

Who: Dr. David Anderson, Safe Families founder – Dr. David Anderson, is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in adolescent psychology. He has served as the Executive Director of since its founding in 2003.

Jim Whitfield, Ntl. Director of Operations – Jim has served in that role for 7years. He previously served in senior executive information technology positions of several multinational organizations. His involvement ranges from working with refugees and OVCs in UN Refugee Camps, to 20 years of foster parenting and adoption, to helping pilot the Safe Families at his church – Willow Creek Community Church.

What: In many situations, parents or guardians may be incapable of providing a safe and caring environment for their children, putting them at risk of abuse and neglect. In the past, extended family or neighbors stepped in to help families in crisis by caring for their children for short periods of time.

Today, however, many families are socially isolated, and their extended family is nonexistent, unavailable, or unable to help.

Safe Families for Children creates extended family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers and churches who are motivated by faith to keep children safe and keep families intact.

When: 1:15PM, Thursday May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

Living the Realities of Open Adoption Day-to-Day: Terri Marcroft

Who: Terri is an adoptive mom who has enjoyed an evolving, open relationship with her daughter’s birthmom over the past 18 years. Terri is also Founder & Executive Director of Unplanned Good, and organization that’s passionate about getting adoption on the radar of those facing unplanned pregnancy.

What: Join this discussion on the joys, sorrows and surprises that come with living open adoption on a daily basis. We’ll consider the how to navigate the challenges that come from the wide range of possibilities from closed, to semi-openness to wide-open relationships among the adoption triad. Together we’ll look into what ideas and suggestions may be helpful for your own unique family.

When: 8:30AM, Friday May 11

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

What’s the Secret to Getting Along With My Kids?: Daniel Nehrbass

Who: Daniel is the President of Nightlight Christian Adoptions, home of the Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption program.  He has worked as a pastor, professional counselor, and adjunct professor of biblical studies at Biola University. He is also a published author of four books and numerous articles in adoption and religious magazines. Daniel has a Ph.D. In pastoral counseling.

What: If you’ve ever felt trapped and uncertain about what to do, learn some strategies to getting un-stuck in your relationship with your kids.  Dr. Nehrbass shared 9 strategies on Focus on the Family earlier this year…come share your story and practice the secrets to getting along.

When: 3:45PM, Thursday May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

FULL: Major Gift Fundraising: Asking Without Fear | Josh Wren, Mission Increase Foundation

Who: Josh Wren serves as Area Director for Mission Increase North Texas. His unique variety of corporate and nonprofit experience makes him well-equipped to serve the broad assortment of Christian nonprofit leaders in Texas. His past roles include launching and leading ministry chapters into new cities for Ozone Ministries, corporate finance and modeling, consultative sales, and most recently as a consultant helping national nonprofits, such as Genesys Works and Peer Health Exchange, build financial reporting and structures to enable growth and sustainability. Josh has a heart for helping people fulfill their calling in Christ, and is excited to be working with nonprofit leaders in the great state of Texas. Josh has a degree in business from the University of Mississippi and lives with his wife, Caitlan, and daughter, Lynnlee, in Dallas/Fort Worth.

What: Let’s face it.  For most of us, asking for major gifts isn’t a natural conversation.  Even the most seasoned among us can be gripped by fear.  It doesn’t have to be like that.

There is a way to ask for and receive gifts that represents freedom for you, your givers and those God has called you to serve together.  You can invite and receive gifts in a way that “will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11b).

This small group table will be discussing and taking home tools from one of Mission Increase’s workshops on major giving.  The goal will be to equip you to freely invite people to be part of the work God is doing in your ministry.  You might even find you enjoy asking for money!

You will leave with practical skills and tools to help you:

  • See fundraising as ministry.
  • Develop a meaningful and articulate case for support.
  • Find the strength and words to ask boldly, without fear.
  • Receive the answer with grace and thanksgiving.

This small group experience will benefit anyone who interacts face to face with your givers, especially major gifts staff, executive directors, & board members.

When: 8:30AM9:45AM, Friday May 11th

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Giving a Voice to Older & Special Needs Orphans: Host (Hope) Programs| Michelle Vernon, Project One Forty Three

Who: Having spent over a decade advocating for older and special needs orphans through host programs with China, Russia, Latvia, Ukraine and Mexico, Michelle’s passion lies in creating awareness that inspires action. Witnessing the conditions firsthand in international orphanages, Michelle found herself face to face with children who had no one to advocate for them. She committed herself to being a voice for the most neglected after meeting children who, quite literally, couldn’t remember the last time they felt loved. Project One Forty Three has facilitated over 2,500 orphan host visits resulting in thousands of life-changing transformations for both host children and families.

Recently, Michelle‘s advocacy efforts for vulnerable children expanded when she was named the National Director for Orphan Sunday. She hopes to see Orphan Sundayembraced as a tool for not only churches, but also individual advocates and non-profit orphan care organizations who seek to educate and equip their community to be a voice for both the local and international orphan. Michelle and her husband Jon have four adopted children, three were international host children and another via the US foster care system.

WhatAre you a pastor or volunteer leader in your church looking for an opportunity to support international orphans? Would your family like the short-term missions experience without the expense of everyone traveling overseas? Have you ever heard of Host (Hope) Programs? 

Of the churches nationwide that promote orphan care, most refer families solely to mission trips, foster care and/or adoption, sometimes missing a critical component of orphan care.  Orphan hosting is a missional, short-term opportunity that engages every age level of a church or family – children through seniors. One orphan host family can effectively propel a congregation’s involvement in orphan care forward.  

Hosting is vital because, as orphans grow older, interest in supporting and/or adopting them declines. Over the past decade, over 10,000 children have participated in host programs which, historically, have the greatest impact on the most neglected children in the orphanage – the older orphans, ones with special needs and sibling sets.

Would you or your church family like the opportunity to share your faith, teach basic English, model family, be a safe respite, build self-esteem, reunite siblings, teach important life skills, obtain much needed medical equipment for a child with special needs or provide basic dental and eye care? Let’s explore the transformation that can take place in 4-6 weeks inside your home. Real Life – Real Change – Close to Home!

When: Friday May 11, 8:30am

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Monitoring and Evaluation: How Do We Measure the Care We Provide?: Dr. Bev Nyberg & Michelle Li

Who: Dr. Beverly Nyberg has over 40 years’ experience working with children and their caregivers in multicultural settings in the States and abroad, including 10 years in DR Congo. Served as Senior Advisor for OVC at State Dept/PEPFAR (2005-2011) and Peach Corps/PEPFAR (2011-2016). Her doctorate is from The George Washington University where she was adjunct professor. Currently, she is an independent consultant.

Michelle Li serves as the Senior Health Technical Advisor for the USAID Zambia Mission. With more than ten years in the public health and development field, Michell enjoys using her experience in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, quality improvement and policy analysis to contribute to evidence-based and data-driven programming and decision making efforts for greater impact. Prior to her current role, Michelle served with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.

What: This coaching session is the second of a unique 2-part learning opportunity available only to CAFO member organizations.  Participants will receive free expert coaching on developing basic Monitoring and Evaluation tools unique to their program vision and needs.  Attendees must have attended or listened to and completed the homework from the the accompanying webinar.  (Limit: 4 organizations per table)

When: 9:45AM, Friday May 11th

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Parenting Children from Hard Places: Angela M. Proctor, MS, LCDC

Who: Angie is a wife of 22 years, and a mom of two teenagers, AnMarie and Wil. She also has an adopted sister, who is now grown with a beautiful family of her own. Angie has worked with at-risk children and teens since 2001. Angie is currently teaching as an adjunct instructor and completing her PhD in Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Her research on trauma and the educational needs of harmed children is becoming very instrumental in bringing more training and successful interventions to the classroom.

Angie has extensive experience in a residential group home where she served as the Therapeutic Services Director as well as Residential Care Director and Child Care Administrator. The facility served children placed from Child Protective Services, and through private families, including some from failed adoptions. Most of the children served had experienced deep trauma as well as attachment and developmental issues.

Since 2008, Angie has studied and trained under Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. She is a TBRI® Practitioner  and also serves as a TBRI® Mentor who helps the KPICD train professionals several times a year. Angie has devoted her life and education to helping children who come from traumatic backgrounds.

Angie lives in East Texas and is willing to travel anywhere or provide virtual interventions online to meet the needs of hurting families through her growing business, Trust-Based Counseling Services.

What: Learn the risk factors for developmental delays, maladaptive behavior, and relationship challenges. Discover how TBRI’s Connecting, Empowering, and Correcting principles can help overcome deficits in attachment, brain development, neurochemistry, and sensory processing.

When: 9:45AM, Friday May 11th

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Launching and Leading a Foster Care, Adoption and Orphan Care Ministry in My Church: Ty Bryant, VP Promise686

Who: Ty joined the staff of Promise686 in March 2014 as the Director of Foster Care Strategy. For the previous 15 years, Ty served as a staff pastor in Children’s Ministry at Perimeter Church. Ty has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation from Wheaton College (IL), and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. Ty was himself adopted as an infant; thus, the call to raise up loving homes for vulnerable children is personal to him. Ty and his wife, Kristen, are parenting six children, including a sibling group of three from foster care – two whose adoptions are final and the other in process.

WhatThis discussion is uniquely designed for pastors, staff or volunteer leaders launching or leading ministries in their church. It will be an interactive process where attendees can ask specific questions about leading an effective and sustainable orphan and vulnerable children’s ministry, explore best practices, identify resources, discuss strategies of engagement and develop an action plan moving forward. 

When: 3:45PM, Thursday May 10th

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Launching and Leading a Foster Care, Adoption and Orphan Care Ministry in My Church: Reverend Eric Porter

Who: Reverend Eric Porter graduated college with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. He has been a credentialed minister for 19 years and was a pastor in local church ministry for 12 years. For the past 6 years he has been a full-time, nationally appointed orphan care US missionary.. With the vision to train Church leaders to develop a foster care, adoption, and support ministry, Eric serves Backyard Orphans as the Founder and President. His team has seen over 400 hurting children placed in healing homes over the past 4 years. Most importantly he has been married to Trisha Porter for over 18 years, the father of four, and a foster dad. They are currently waiting on an adoptive placement.

WhatThis discussion is uniquely designed for pastors, staff or volunteer leaders launching or leading ministries in their church. It will be an interactive process where attendees can ask specific questions about leading an effective and sustainable orphan and vulnerable children’s ministry, explore best practices, identify resources, discuss strategies of engagement and develop an action plan moving forward. 

When: 8:30AM, Friday May 11

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

Building Bridges: Keys to Developing Effective Local Networks: David Hennessey (International Leaders Only)

Who: David left his professional career in 2005 to bring his business knowledge to international ministry. David believes that combining passion for orphan care with a focus on ministry excellence creates profound impact for the fatherless. It is with this conviction that he desires to inspire, equip, and connect local churches and ministries around the world to wisely and effectively serve orphans and vulnerable children, ultimately bringing glory to Jesus Christ.

David’s wife, Lisa, and five girls (all adults now) have personally served in Russia and Ukraine for six summers. Through their YouthReach International efforts, the Hennessey’s met one of their daughters while living in Russia. They were immensely blessed to be able to adopt her in the summer of 2008. Their family continues to be involved in orphan ministry within their church, and one daughter has returned to the mission field with her husband to serve vulnerable children and families.

Prior to this role, David served as Executive Director for YouthReach International, an orphan mentoring ministry serving in Eastern Europe. In this position, he pioneered an orphan mentoring program using local volunteers, encouraged US and international churches to support orphan care efforts, and streamlined operations for the ministry. Previously, David served as Director of Professional Services for ScanSource, a bar-code and wireless data collection distributor, helping usher new technologies into a value-added reseller market. David joined CAFO in 2012 to launch the Global Movements Initiative, which has evolved into the CAFO Global Network.

What: Locally-led networks of churches and NGOs are arising in nations around the world. The CAFO Global Network helps develop these into effective, sustainable Bridge Networks, hubs of vibrant local movements. During this session, a small group of global leaders will discuss the keys to growing an emerging movement into an effective, sustainable Bridge Network.
*This coaching session is limited to international leaders of emerging movements in their countries.

When: 3:45PM, Thursday May 10th

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

FULL: Special Needs Care Solutions in Developing Nations: Anne Marie Stern

Who: Anne Marie Stern is the director of Orphan Care & Prevention for myLIFEspeaks in Neply, Haiti. She has spent the last 5 years living in Neply and developing a unique model of Integrated Family Care for orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti. Anne Marie believes children belong in families and is working to create alternatives to institutionalized care and systems to educate, encourage and empower parents and keep families together.

What: We will dialogue about the challenges surrounding the care of special needs children, specifically in places where resources, education, and acceptance are scarce. Come to learn and discuss essential components of providing excellent care, as well as family support, and orphan prevention in developing nations.

When: Thursday May 10, 3:45PM

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

FULL: Healthy Emotional Boundaries When Caring for Vulnerable Children: Dr. Mandy Howard

Who: Mandy Hiles Howard is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Samford University. She came to Samford after serving as the Assistant Director of the TCU Institute of
Child Development. She worked closely with Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross in the development of Trust-Based Relational Interventions, which is a trauma- informed evidence-based approach to working with children who have a history of trauma. Mandy’s professional interest integrates theory, research and practice to increase understanding of the interpersonal processes underlying mental health and quality of life for youth in non-traditional care. During the summer, she volunteers at a therapeutic summer camp.

What: Healthy emotional boundaries and intentional self-care is vitally important for foster parents, adoptive parents, and/or individuals working overseas. Intentional self-care and healthy emotional boundaries are also equally important for the overall health of a helping organization or ministry. If we are not taking care of ourselves, if we are not healthy, then we cannot begin to embark upon the long-term, often highly stressful challenges of parenting kids from hard places or helping others or providing education and/or aid especially in a developing foreign country.

When: 9:45 AM, Friday May 11

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

FULL: Tips for Engaging Business Leaders to Engage With Your Ministry: Tony Mitchell, Lead With Transformation

Who: After being given up to foster care as a newborn, Tony lived in the foster care for two years before being adopted. He then overcame poverty to be first and only person in his family to attend and graduate from college, with honors. He went on to serve in C-level executive and board member capacities for several companies from $2 million to $2 billion. He founded tmLeadership, LLC and helps leaders as a speaker, board member and business advisor. He and his wife have two adult children and reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

What: 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.

When: Thursday May 10, 2:30PM

Where: All coaching tables will be upstairs in C lobby, second floor! Signs will help direct you.

If you would like to register for a coaching table, please visit the Info Desk @ CAFO2018 and they will assist you!