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Pre-Conference Intensive Session

Join us for the CAFO2019 Summit

Louisville, KY | May 8-10

Southeast Christian Church
Blankenbaker Campus
920 Blankenbaker Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40243

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


Join us at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, May 8 for an evening of worship with Mac Powell

Experience a very special evening of worship and powerful speakers, with special guest Mac Powell. Hear voices from foster care and global orphan care explore the ways joy and heartbreak, hope and sorrow come intertwined whenever we draw near to our world’s great needs. This session is free to the public and is sure to be an exceptional evening of encouragement as you join with thousands passionately pursuing God’s heart for vulnerable children.

What to Expect


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

Rest & Restoration

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

Wisdom & Growth

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

Summit Schedule

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

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

Together we’ll dig deep into the ways joy and heartbreak, hope and sorrow come intertwined whenever we draw near to our world’s great needs. As we open our lives to hurting children, we experience both the delight of participating in God’s restoration...and “the fellowship of sharing in His suffering.

Pre-Summit Intensives

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

Vulnerable Children in a Digital Age
WEDNESDAY 8:30-2:30pm
The 2019 OVC Applied Research & Best Practice Symposium will unite top academic OVC researchers and faith-based NGO's serving vulnerable children around the globe. Come learn why children from hard places are more susceptible to harm from technology and what we can do to help.
Free to Lead
WEDNESDAY 8:30-2:30pm
Whether a church, ministry or organizational leader, on staff or volunteering, this leadership intensive will help you identify things that may be hindering your leadership and give you the insight and tools you need to excel moving forward. After registration you will complete a 360 Leadership Profile that national leadership experts will walk you through in a fun and interactive environment.
Becoming a Trauma Competent Caregiver
MONDAY-TUESDAY 9:00-5:00pm
During this two day workshop, you will hear from the Back2Back Ministries Child Development Team on trauma informed care, will receive all training materials necessary to use the curriculum in your own setting, and will receive plans for follow-up and support to help you be successful.
Moving Toward Family Solutions: An Immersive Simulation Experience
TUESDAY 9:00am-5:00pm
The transition to family care brings with it many unknowns- but also many opportunities to see children and families thrive! This full-day workshop allows leaders to walk through the process of transition using a fictional case study, in a highly experiential and interactive format.
Cultivating a Co-Missional Marriage
WEDNESDAY 8:30-2:30pm
Come join the Guckenbergers, married almost 25 years, and parents to 10 children (adopted, foster and biological) as they share their cautionary tales and best practices for a marriage to thrive. This day will be full of resources, discussion, instruction, invitation and challenge.
Trauma Competent Caregiving: Sharpening Your Skills
TUESDAY 9:00am-5:00pm
Have you already attended the Back2Back trauma competent caregiving training? This is for you!
Back2Back trauma team will be presenting a “buffet” of exciting strategies which will include updating new research for TCC, sharing on creating a coaching environment, learning about spaced learning and more.
Invite only, this global gathering of CAFO Global Network leaders starts Tuesday at 5pm, continuing throughout Summit and ending Friday afternoon. Join other global leaders to share expertise, make new connections, learn best practices and add your voice to CAFO Global Network projects!
Friends & Family Registration
Until January 2019
$175 General
$125 CAFO Members
Groups: 10+
$170 General
$120 CAFO Members
Early Registration
Feb 8 - Feb 28
$185 General
$135 CAFO Members
Groups: 10+
$175 General
$125 CAFO Members
General Registration
Mar 1 - 31
$210 General
$160 CAFO Members
Groups: 10+
$200 General
$150 CAFO Members
Late Registration
April 1 - May 8
$245 General
$195 CAFO Members
Groups: 10+
$235 General
$185 CAFO Members

Sponsor & Exhibit at the CAFO2019 Summit

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

Thank you to our Signature Sponsors

Thank you to our Champion Sponsors