Collaborate, a forum for global leaders, is a two day experience designed for international representatives who are either leading national orphan care movements in their countries or desire to begin one. Join other national leaders from around the world to share expertise, make new connections, learn best practices and add your voice to CAFO Global Network projects and objectives that are key to vibrant, locally-led orphan care networks.

The goals of the Collaborate forum are:

  1. To gather member networks of the CAFO Global Network and other global advocates to share and collaborate on strategies to develop movements and engage local churches in orphan care.
  2. To understand foundational building blocks of best practices and the latest research to wisely guide regional/national orphan care networks.
  3. To gather working groups to collaborate on CAFO Global Network projects and objectives to benefit the global movement.
  4. To continue development of attendees’ leadership skills to better serve their emerging/growing networks.

Date: Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Time: Tuesday, May 8, 9:00 am – 7:30pm

Wednesday, May 9, 8:30am – 2:30pm

Location: Stonebriar Community Church, Frisco, TX

Cost: $175

Registration for Collaborate is a separate registration process from the CAFO2018 Summit registration process. In order to maximize forum benefits for global leaders, registration is limited.

Collaborate is designed for national orphan care leaders from countries outside of the United States. CAFO Member organizations that are serving and supporting networks of local churches and NGOs in countries outside of the US are encouraged to send representatives from their global staff.  Americans desiring to attend this Forum should contact [email protected] before registering.


Attendees will share local expertise regarding caring for orphans, work together to develop key implementation strategies for their networks, and develop relationships among other network leaders.

9:00am – 7:30pm   (lunch and dinner included)

Morning Session

Foundations for Family-Based Care

  • Welcome, Worship, and Prayer
  • Collaboration and Connections – David Hennessey
  • Continuum of Care Overview – Sara Gesiriech
  • Family-Based Care – Delia Pop


  • CAFO Global Network Project: Changing Minds: Family-Based Care
    Facilitators: Daniel Kaggwa, Ruby Johnston, TBD

Lunch and Networking

Afternoon Session

Foundations for Church Ministry

  • The Local Church & Your Inner Life – Jedd Medefind
  • Leading the Church toward Family-Based Care – Aixa Lopez


  • CAFO Global Network Project: Theological Foundations
    Facilitators: Rephat Nyarenda, TBD, Lubo Hlavacka

Dinner and Networking

Foundations in Trauma Competent Care

  • Introduction to Trauma Competent Care – Julie Cooper


This day will end early to transition into the CAFO2018 Summit.

8:30am – 2:30pm   (lunch and dinner included)

Morning Session

Foundations for Family and Children

  • Worship and Prayer
  • Servant Leadership – Rob Browne
  • Community Mapping – Kimberley Quinley
  • Aging Out – Sonnie Gitonga


  • CAFO Global Network Project: Resource Contextualization
    Facilitators: Wendi Park, Ruby Johnston, Lubo Hlavacka

Lunch and Networking

Afternoon Session

The Alliance and the CAFO Global Network

  • Global Prayer Session


David Hennessey, Director, CAFO Global Network


Julie Cooper : US, Back2Back Ministries

Sara Gesiriech : US, Faith to Action Initiative

Sonnie Gitonga : Kenya, Scars to Stars Foundation

Lubo Hlavacka : Czech Republic, World Without Orphans

Ruby Johnston : US/Canada, LAMb International

Daniel Kaggwa : Uganda, Alliance for Uganda Without Orphans

Aixa Lopez : Guatemala, Alianza Cristiana para los Huérfanos

Jedd Medefind : US, CAFO

Rephat Nyarenda : Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Without Orphans

Wendi Park : Canada, Forever Families of Canada

Delia Pop : United Kingdom, Hope and Homes for Children

Kimberly Quinley : Thailand, Step Ahead Foundation