The 2019 OVC Applied Research & Best Practice Symposium

Vulnerable Children in a Digital Age

Why Children From Hard Places Are More Susceptible to Harm from Technology and What We Can Do to Help

The 2019 OVC Applied Research & Best Practice Symposium will unite top academic OVC researchers and faith-based NGO's serving vulnerable children around the globe. Returning for its 6th consecutive year, this year’s presentations and discussion will center on:

- The impact of technology use on child development
- Why children who have experienced early adversity are more vulnerable to addiction and other negative impacts
- Guidelines and guardrails for protecting kids from harm
- What to do if your child and/or children you care for are addicted
- How to harness the gifts of technology while guarding against its harms

Register Today

Intensive Information

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2018

Check In: 7:30am – 8:30am
Intensive: 8:30am – 2:30pm

Location: Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY

Cost: $99 (Non-Member), $59 (CAFO Member with Code), Groups of 10+ ($94 Non-Member, $54 Member)

CEU Information coming soon.

  • Leadership & staff of NGO’s active in service to OVCs
  • Leaders of local OVC-related initiatives within developing nations
  • Leaders of U.S. churches and organizations actively supporting OVC care globally
  • Leading researchers on OVC-related issues

The conference will center on OVC themes related to vulnerable children in a digital age and how children from hard places are more susceptible to harm from technology and what we can do to help. Attendees will experience TED-style presentations alongside intensive breakout sessions, interactive discussion, and concrete, actionable ideas for how organizations can improve the care they provide. New to the Symposium this year are extensive Q&A opportunities, as well as a collaborative research panel.

  • Dr. Sarah Domoff, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Douglas Gentile, Iowa State University
  • Dr. Mandy Howard, Samford University
  • Dr. Karen Hutcheson, The Center for Family Connections
  • Naomi Riley, American Enterprise Institute
  • Trent Taylor, Mercy for America’s Children
  • Nicole Wilke, CAFO