The CAFO Summit began in 2004 when a few Christian leaders expressed a shared sense that God desired to rouse his church to care for orphans – and was calling them to “leave logos and egos at the door” and join in unified efforts to grow this vision. At this annual gathering of foster and adoptive parents, orphan advocates, pastors and leaders from over 30 countries, we explore effective foster care, adoption, family preservation and global orphan ministry.
University students are joining the growing movement of Christians responding to God’s call and gathering together to be inspired and equipped to care for orphans with wisdom-guided love.
In Nashville for CAFO’s launched its first annual College Summit: A one-of-a-kind experience for students to embed themselves into, learn from, and make connections in the CAFO community of organizations and individuals, with distinctive and specially crafted elements intended only for our college audience.
See info below for CAFO2017. And check back for details on the upcoming CAFO2018 Student Summit!


Friday, May 5, 2017 – Student Summit


  • $49 Student Summit (Friday ONLY)
  • $80 Entire CAFO Summit (Thursday & Friday, see schedule)


Brentwood Baptist Church
7777 Concord Rd.
Brentwood, TN 37027

Student Summit will be a great balance of integration into the larger CAFO community for shared learning & connection while also offering a unique and specialized experience for the university student:

  • A student only workshop as well as several other tailored workshops
  • Lunchtime focus groups based on your area of interest hosted by experts and professionals
  • An added dinnertime session with speaker and music
  • Unique opportunities to connect with exhibitors and organizations about internships, volunteering, and other avenues of service
  • Main stage speakers addressing a broad array of issues related to OVC care


Jedd Medefind, CAFO President

Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts

Peter Greer, HOPE International President

and Many More!

7:30-8:30 am

Check In: Name Tag, Attendee Bag, Shirt, and Donuts & Coffee!


General Session


Student Only Workshop


Lunch Provided: Optional Focus Groups with Facilitator on Topic/Theme of Choice


Workshops & Exhibitors


Student Only Dinner Provided On-Site with speaker and musical selection


General Session