CAFO2020 Workshops & Coaching Tables

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10 Principles for Effective Family Strengthening

Family care for any child begins with supporting the caregivers who love and serve a child long-term. “Family Strengthening” has become a buzzword that is often used in conversations – but many don’t know exactly what it means. Join Dr. Delia Pop as she outlines practical options for supporting families – whether that be for prevention, reintegration, adoption, foster, or kinship care.

(Delia Pop, Hope and Homes for Children)

50 Ideas for your Orphan or Stand Sunday

Is your church new to Orphan Sunday or Stand Sunday and you need ideas to create your first event? Or, has your church been doing Orphan Sunday for many years and you need fresh creativity? Either way, this is for you! You will leave this workshop with your hands full of many great, easy to execute, and meaningful ideas that will help to make this event have impact in your church – and for orphans and foster children! Our team will take you through the best ideas from the last 10 years of this amazing movement. Handouts and visuals will be provided to get you started.

(Jodi Jackson Tucker & Michelle Vernon, CAFO)

Adult Attachment and Family Strengthening (Advanced)

Learn the four adult attachment styles including the precursors, their potential impact on caregiving, and how to identify each style in children. Discover how to strengthen families by increasing caregiver sensitivity, helping caregivers recognize negative response patterns, and increasing caregiver mindfulness.

(Mandy Howard, Samford University)

Advocacy for Family Care within Your Organization (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Aging Out: Post-Secondary Education & Career Development Solutions

The Alliance Aging Out Initiative offers a model bridge for healthy life transitions for youth aging out of the U.S. foster care system & international orphan care. An expert panel will examine a key element of that bridge – career development via post-secondary education, vocational training, and more. We will explore the unique challenges and opportunities in helping young people navigate this vital life and career transition.

(Faciliated by: W. Scott Brown, CAFO. Joined by: Robert Duke, Azusa Pacific University; Wilbert Fobbs, Seed Growth; Rick Burslem, Sunrise Children’s Services; & Trace Thurlby, The Global Orphan Project.)

Attachment: Parenting With Your Brain In Mind

How can we create relational environments in which secure attachments are the more likely outcomes for those for whom we care, especially as we engage children in adoptive/foster settings? Moreover, how does knowing more about how our brains and relationships work together make this more likely? And lastly, how does our awareness of beauty—that of ourselves and of our children—create a smoother path toward secure attachment? This workshop will explore these and other related questions as we seek to care for the orphan and love God with all our mind in the process.

(Curt Thompson, Being Known and author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame)

Becoming a Statewide Orphan and Stand Sunday Coordinator (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Benchmarks for Healthy Child Sponsorship Programs (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

While there is little research on the impact of sponsorship programs, they remain a popular tool for fundraising and donor connection. Join other CAFO members as together we discuss core guidelines for healthy sponsorship programs – and how we can truly consider the best interests of the children, families, and communities we serve.

(Laura Kost, Open Arms International; Rebeka Corgan, One More Child; & Marqui Krone, Lifesong for Orphans)

Biblical Support Groups for Adoptive Moms (Coaching Table)

Foster and Adoptive mothers need support from each other. Learn how you can lean on the Bible for encouragement in the journey. You will get a leaders guide and scriptures reflections to launch a Bible-based support group for mamas like you.

Coach: Jodi Jackson Tucker, Pharaoh’s Daughters

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Both Sides of the Story: Perspectives on Foster and Adoptive Parenting from Parents and their Kids

Much effort is spent on recruiting more foster and adoptive parents. But what are the characteristics of great parenting and how do we help ourselves and others aspire to this greatness? Come engage in a discussion with former foster youth and their foster/adoptive parents to glean the most important lessons they’ve learned.

(Facilitated by: Johnston Moore, Writer, Speaker, & Advocate.  Joined by: Cecil & Boone Stokes, Fost/Adopt Father & Son; Pam & Trent Taylor, Fost/Adopt Mother & Son; Bishop Aaron Blake & Diego Fuller, Fost/Adopt Father & Son.)

Bringing Together the Pro-Life and Orphan Care Communities

This workshop is an exploration of how orphan care ministries can integrate with and draw strength from the larger pro-life community. Participants will gain insight into the messaging and strategy for engaging the wider pro-life community to address the needs of orphans in our own communities and around the world. This workshop is intended to benefit orphan care ministries at all stages from beginner to well established.

(Herbie Newell, Lifeline Children’s Services)

Building Passion: Communicate Who You Are in Three Minutes or Less!

Many opportunities will come your way to tell an audience of one, or many, about your ministry. It may be a church or civic group. Their time is valuable and so is yours. If you were invited to tell ALL about your ministry in three minutes – could you? No public speaking experience required.

(Jeff Juhala, Royal Family KIDS)

Building Teams With Thriving Souls

Nothing will more determine the fruitfulness of an organization than the health of the people within it. Certainly, mapping an incisive strategic plan is important. But that external plan will rise or fall based on the vitality of the people executing it. So, a true leader must be as intentional about cultivating the health of his/her team as they are about their external work. In this workshop, we’ll each begin creating our own plan to do just that – drawing from CAFO’s “Strategic Plan for Thriving Souls” – including simple ideas and small choices for cultivating the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, and relational health of your team.

(Jedd Medefind, CAFO)

Care Community Wrap Around Care

Learn how to launch and maintain Care Communities that serve foster, adoptive, and kinship families – a proven model for retention. Discover how to intentionally serve your families with committed volunteers serving in specific roles.

(Johnna Stein, Promise686)

Caring for Children with a History of Sexual Abuse: Eight Skills Caregivers and Parents Need to Know

This workshop will examine nine skills needed by parents, caregivers – anyone who touches the life of a child with a history of sexual abuse.

(Jayne Schooler, Back2Back Ministries)

Caring for Your Own Family While Involved in a Ministry Dedicated to Children

What we offer to the vulnerable children of the world starts with what we offer to the children in our own home. In this session, we’ll give parents permission to connect strongly with their children, to create a secure home environment, and to respond to each child’s particular needs. We’ll talk about what children who grow up in ministry families need in order to be successful. You’ll be encouraged to love your own children well.

(Jill Aspegren, Casa Viva)

Case Management (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

CEO Forum: 2020 Issues, Strategies, & Solutions (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Join this time of private conversation and connection with CAFO President Jedd Medefind and fellow CAFO Member CEOs. Together, we’ll explore key national and global trends, as well as critical issues we’re each facing – and solutions we see to make a difference. (CAFO Member Organizations Leaders Only — RSVP Requested)

(Jedd Medefind, CAFO)

Church and State Partnerships in Foster Care

Let’s be honest – whether you are a social worker or a member of the faith community, you have a least some reservations about working with “the other side.” Learn from those who have seen great results from these vital partnerships and have lived to tell about it. Hear seasoned veterans talk about initial reservations, successes, and missteps – all of which will help you gain confidence as you move ahead for the sake of the kids. This session is ideal for child welfare professionals, non-profit leaders, and church ministries.

(Tom Lukasik, 4 Kids of South FL; Rhonda Littleton, A Home for Me; Felicia Mason- Edwards, DFPS TX; Ryan Kelly, America’s Kids Belong)

Church Ministry Idea Exchange

We’re far better together than we are alone. We simply cannot effectively lead our ministries with the effectiveness and impact required without leaning into and borrowing from the ideas and experiences of others. The broader CAFO community of church leaders represents a vast well of knowledge and wisdom from real-life leaders, doing real-life work, in real-life churches, with real-life people. It’s a deep well that we can all both draw from for ourselves – as well as give into for the sake of others. That’s the goal of this unique workshop – to create an interactive environment in which you can both have questions about church and ministry leadership answered, as well as have the opportunity to help guide others who need to tap into your experiences. This is not your typical workshop with a speaker or panel up front. Instead, it’s a roundtable environment where you’ll be able to sit with others, share ideas, and then move around the room to have specific questions answered and ideas stirred. Come with your questions. Come ready to meet some other CAFO church community leaders. Come ready to walk away with practical next steps you can take back home to your church or ministry.

(Jason Johnson, CAFO)

Churches Engaging in Orphan Care Must Prepare to Engage in a Gospel of Justice

The work of justice, when it comes to vulnerable children, means the Church seeking to advocate for vulnerable and orphaned children within the church’s immediate community – and globally. As churches grow their orphan care ministries within, there are many unforeseen aspects we will need to address within our churches. Trauma, special needs, transracial families, and/or refugees seeking asylum (specifically unaccompanied minors at the border). This workshop will help you understand the role of the Church and how our churches can engage seeking justice for vulnerable children and families.

(Renaut van der Riet, Mosaic Church)

Clarify Your Message with StoryBrand

Breaking through the clutter in the nonprofit and ministry space can feel impossible. But it doesn’t have to be. In this workshop, we will teach you a repeatable framework to clarify your message and simplify your marketing using the proven StoryBrand method. You will see real world examples of how nonprofits are using this framework to revolutionize their marketing.

(Jordan White, 5by5 Agency)

Collaborating with Multiple Churches (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Compassion Fatigue: How to Incorporate Fun into Your Workplace Culture

Child Welfare workers are at risk for compassion fatigue. This training will explore how we can incorporate fun into our office culture, amid the stress of the work. In this workshop, we will share our own journey through compassion fatigue and how play and fun have retained our staff and lifted spirits. Come and be entertained – as well as experience how fun can bring balance to the work! Think “Jimmy Fallon” but on a non-profit budget.

(Anna Thompson & Katie Bass, Olive Crest)

Creating a Strategic Plan for Transitioning to Family Care (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Crushing the Curse of Comparison

Comparison is said to be “an act of violence against oneself.” It is the killer of joy and peace – and of the safe place to simply “be.” Comparison shifts focus across the room to another, rather than to the cross – to the Christ who calls us and equips us. It affects us individually and affects our children, thus significantly impacting our families in potentially destructive ways. Join our conversation in helping us to recognize the culprit of comparison and all it steals from us and our families. To recognize the essential need to “name it and tame it.” Together we will discuss the need to press in and evaluate our own mindset, and implement practices to contain this culprit by proclaiming Biblical truth – keeping our eyes on HIM as we recognize the true meaning of “success” is faithfulness. Faithful to who and what He has created and called us to be.

(Mandy Litzke, Safe Harbor)

Data as a Tool for Transforming Foster Care Where You Live

Some people think of data merely as numbers. However, data is used everyday to tell stories that mobilize others to step into the lives of hurting people. The data from the communities where you live has the potential to motivate and mobilize church, organizational, and business leaders in your community to transform the foster care experience for thousands of kids and families. Learn how from a team of leaders from organizations that have been doing it for years.

(Bob Bruder-Mattson, FaithBridge Foster Care; Adrien Lewis, GO Project; Michelle Douglas, The CALL)

Deinstitionalization: Mitigating Pitfalls & Maximizing Potential (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Deinstitutionalization is a hot topic around the world as countries move to connect the orphaned and vulnerable in family environments, rather than large group care. More than a workshop, this is an honest discussion and a call for unity as ministries work together to provide appropriate care for all orphaned and vulnerable children as deinstitutionalization becomes a reality in more countries around the world. It is an opportunity to gain understanding of what is happening, what is going well, and governments, agencies, and nonprofits have fallen short so far—so that everyone is better equipped to offer lasting care.

(Mike Douris, Orphan Outreach) 

Delighting Your Partners

Life and nonprofit work often hustles along so quickly that we forget to say, “thank you” to those who make great work possible. Learn tangible ways you can, and reasons you should, cultivate and delight your partners – to include donors, staff, contractors, and more – through this panel discussion with those who do it best.

(Jerry Haag, Erica Hall, & Melissa Poole, One More Child)

Developing Effective Leaders

Using interactive and experiential learning, participants will learn proven principles of leadership and organizational development that can immediately be implemented in order to enhance mission impact in serving orphaned and vulnerable children and their communities.

(David Rudko, Providence World & Jerry Burch, Texas A&M-Commerce)

Discipleship and Foster Care

Even though foster care is not mentioned directly in the Bible, it is one of the greatest opportunities for churches to direct a discipleship making movement. Come learn how a Biblical effort in your church, intentionally targeted at child welfare, can produce those who depend more on Jesus. Intentional experiential pathways of deepening opportunities can help put faith into action – while also seeing a transformation of a community. For child welfare practitioners, come learn from experts in faith engagement on how your desire to get more families from churches can lead to the detriment of what is best for the Church.

(Chris Campbell, 111Project)

Don’t Give Up: Encouragement for Your Weary Soul

(Eric Mills, Faces With Names)

Effective Care Planning in Children’s Homes and Foster Care (Global) (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Emerging Foster Care Models in Majority World

In any context, we need multiple care solutions so that each child can be placed in accordance with his or her needs and best interest. Foster care is an important part of the continuum of care, but often lacking in certain areas of the world. Nonetheless, pioneering organizations have worked together with others in their context to develop new models of foster care. Learn what works in their context and what you might be able to apply in yours.

(Ashlee Heiligman, Thailand; Alliance for Children Everywhere, Zambia; Corbey Dukes, Guatemala; Chris Nickerson, Mexico)

Empowering the Church to Serve Foster & Adoptive Families (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Expecting the Unexpected: Finding Purpose in the Long Wait or Failed Adoption

The adoption journey is not for the faint of heart. The road twists and turns – sometimes leaving you scared and disillusioned. What do you do when your, “Yes!” is answered with, “Wait” or even, “No?” Jami Kaeb has walked the journey of loss through both domestic and international adoption. This message is real and raw – but not without hope.

(Jami Kaeb, Forgotten Initiative)

Family Assessment

(Kristi Gleason, Bethany)

Family Group Conferencing

Family group conferencing is a mediated, formal meeting between family members and other officials (such as social workers) in regards to the care and protection of a child or adolescent. This process is systems-focused and lets those most involved in a child’s care take the lead on what should happen. Family group conferencing can be used in any program caring for vulnerable kids to identify solutions supported by that child’s community. Learn practical solutions and ways to implement this in your program.

(Mick Pease & Dan Hope, SFAC)

Finding Your Ministry Niche (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Fostering Hospitable Hearts: Redefining Accessibility and Creating the Space to Learn From Those Who Are Differently-abled

As His image bearers, our understanding of what it means to be fully human flourishes when our lives reflect the very nature of a Triune God who has forever existed in a perpetual outflowing of love, connection, and community. Furthermore, the degree to which we can rightly view our own “belonging” within the context of community impacts our ability to offer transparency in our own relationships. As individuals and societies, we find many ways to mask it, but at the core, we each carry a deep vulnerability. This foundational truth can offer a divine invitation to enter more fully into the vulnerability of those with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Join us for a dynamic conversation as we challenge the mindset that instead of simply being recipients of aid, these individuals may be among our greatest of teachers.

(Emily Richards, Show Hope)

Fostering Teenagers, Learned Lessons

Come discover our learned lessons during the process of raising 23 teenagers in a 13 year period.  Hear what we learned about trauma, attachment, and the reality of practicing TBRI. We’ll share how we learned to make sense of our past in order to better parent and to love with freedom. Trust us – this will help you to save precious time and energy!

(Juan Porto, Back2Back Ministries)

Funding Your Adoption

Covering the cost of adoption can be overwhelming, but this session will give you invaluable practical tools to help make a plan. Join this interactive session to learn easy to manage fundraising and creative income ideas. Interact with representatives from grant organizations and fundraising partners ready to help you navigate grants and other funding opportunities. Bring your questions and come ready to map out plans!

(JT Olson, Both Hands; Rich Metcalf, Lifesong for Orphans; Becky Wilmoth, Bills Tax Service; Kate Johnson, Pathways for Little Feet; Tami Burkett, ABBA Fund; Kathy McKinney, Show Hope)


Fundraising as Discipleship

Fundraising is often viewed as a “necessary evil” we must engage to fuel our “real ministry” elsewhere. That’s not how God sees it. Rather, development work is a tremendous opportunity to help givers to know, love, and serve God more fully. When we engage it that way, what had been a burden becomes a joy…and our giving invitations become more fruitful as well. Join CAFO’s Director of Development and Discipleship, Michael Mitchell, to explore how to apply this vision for fundraising as an expression of discipleship.

(Michael Mitchell, CAFO and Mission Increase)

Growing Your Family Advocacy Ministry (FAM) (Coaching Table)

Learn how to intentionally grow a Family Advocacy Ministry (FAM) at your church that has the potential to serve all types of families including foster, adoptive, biological, kinship and Safe Families.

Coach: Johnna Stein, Promise686

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Harnessing the CAFO Core Elements to Improve Programs and Impress Donors (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Caring for vulnerable children can often seem overwhelming, with daily emergencies often overtaking the long view of how to improve our programs. Knowing we all want to do the very best for children, CAFO created the confidential, evidence-based Core Elements review to give you a quick snapshot into your program’s strengths and areas for growth. In addition to helping us improve our programs, the Core Elements can provide a tool to communicate with donors and other key stakeholders. Learn from CAFO’s Director of Communications as he shows you how to use your scores to improve your fundraising practices.

(Mandy Howard, Samford University; Nicole Wilke & Karl Dinkler, CAFO)

Help! My Child isn’t Learning!

Using a survey and a resource packet, participants will take the first steps toward creating an action plan for their child’s learning, based on information from a PowerPoint guided presentation, multiple real-life scenarios, and working in small groups. (Presentation meets WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines.)

(Anna Caudill, Post Adoption Learning Services)

Helping Families in Crisis (Coaching Table)

Step one in effective ministry is equipping parents for service, step two is helping them in times of crisis.

Coach: Ryan North, One Big Happy Home

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Helping Your Child with Technology Addiction (Coaching Table)

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Hosting a Respite Night (Coaching Table)

Join this discussion on the challenges we may face and support we should have in place to host a safe and effective Respite Night at your church or ministry.

Coach: Hannah Mabie, LSW, Colonial Presbyterian Church

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

How Stress Can Actually Make Your Marriage Stronger

The strains that any parenting puts on marriage can be multiplied tenfold by the complexity that often comes in caring for children who have known deep hurt. Join Dennis and Barbara Rainey as they discuss the struggles, rewards, and real life messiness of keeping a marriage strong amidst difficult adoption and foster care journeys.

(Dennis & Barbara Rainey, FamilyLife)

How to Get an Adoption/Foster Care Ministry Started at Your Church?

This workshop is for anyone who wants to work on getting an adoption and foster care ministry started at your church. Regardless of church size or budget, this workshop is for you. You will leave with steps to take to get something started in your very own church and community.

(Kasi Pruitt, Lake Pointe Church)

How to Lead a Unified, International, Multi-Site Ministry

Do you lead or are you a part of the leadership of an organization serving in multiple international locations? Do you struggle with creating one ministry culture while trying to edify each unique country culture? Do you have a ministry heart, but understand a global organization must have some systematic operational procedures to operate with high integrity and impact? If so, you’re not alone! This workshop will discuss practical tools and strategies to define and communicate organizational culture, effectively cascade information across locations, and unify a global team.

(Todd Guckenberger, Back2Back Ministries)

How to Love Well When Love Isn’t Returned

All who have loved children from hard places know that sometimes we may feel that they do not love us back. How can we persevere in love in such times? And what small daily choices can help us continue to express commitment and care along the way? Listen in on a conversation of parents and adult adoptees who’ve been on both sides of that equation – and have come out on the other side.

(Facilitated by: Tony Mitchell, tmLeadership, LLC.  Joined by: Sherrie Eldridge, Author & Susan Hillis.)

How to Shape a Trauma Informed Church Ministry (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Impact + Interns: How to Start and Manage an Internship Program (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Join in a conversation about how to maximize the impact of your organization while simultaneously investing in the next generation of leaders. We’ll talk together about four main areas concerning internships: Why start an internship program, recruiting and interviewing candidates, onboard training and expectations, and managing and investing. We’ll offer you tangible next steps for each area and time for Q&A.

(Leah St. Pierre & Ashley Reyes, CAFO)

Integrating Christian Spirituality and Social Work Practice

As Christian social work practitioners, we desire to provide spiritual encouragement and discipleship to our Christian foster and adoptive families as they navigate the complexities of foster care. In this workshop, we will share what we have learned over the past two years as we have intentionally integrated the scriptures into our social work practice. We believe that social work theories, perspectives, and practice models all have roots in Biblical principles. As we have continued this integration, we have begun to develop a practice framework that focuses on the Christians desire for spiritual formation as the primary motivation for change. From problem solving, to crisis intervention, to helping families make sense of their story, it is important that practitioners working with Christian families are prepared to utilize the spiritual disciplines and Word of God as a guide in their process of leading their families. This workshop will describe our practice framework, spiritual foundations, and ideas for basic integration in hopes of encouraging others in their desire to begin this process.

(Jessi Esterling, FaithBridge Foster Care)

Leading a Small Group for Foster & Adoptive Caregivers (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Leading Millennials in Orphan Care Ministry (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

With the youngest millennials reaching adulthood, the world’s largest generation represents the primary adult cohort able to address and end the world’s orphan crisis. In this workshop, Herbie Newell and Rick Morton will share insights gained from leading millennial families and a millennial workforce to reach and care for orphaned and vulnerable children. Whether you are new to orphan care ministry, or a seasoned veteran, you will benefit from this workshop in developing a strategy to recruit, train, mobilize, and retain young adults in ministering to orphaned and vulnerable children.

(Herbie Newell & Rick Morton, Lifeline Children’s Services)

Life in Limbo

Life in Limbo is an experience that walks participants through the unique complexities related to the child protective system. This intense experience is meant to enlighten and strengthen advocacy movements, as well as grow empathy in those who are currently serving or interested in serving vulnerable and orphaned children. Life in Limbo serves as an “on-ramp,” giving participants the opportunity to walk in the shoes of foster children, families of origin, as well as the foster families who serve them. Life in Limbo is for all – whether you are just starting out, or looking for an advocacy tool for an established church ministry or organization. Join us as we discover together how we can build empathy and competency in caring for children.

(Toni Steere, Legacy 685 & David McCormick, Cristiana para los Huérfanos)

Marketing in a Box

PR & marketing helps organizations grow in unimaginable ways. Come receive your own “Marketing in a Box” and discover each item in it as we discuss communications plans, branding guidelines, social media, staffing, influencers, measurement tactics, and other tools your organization should have in place to expand its reach.

(Katy Martin, One More Child)

Mobilizing Your Church for Justice and Mercy (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Models of Transition to Family Care in Africa

Join a collective group of world class organizations leading family reunification efforts in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zambia, and Uganda. Glean from 20 years of lessons learned and walk away with actionable, practical steps toward deinstitutionalizing children and repurposing facilities/staff. Build connection with pioneering organizations who have gone before you, and walk away with a clear, actionable “next step” in returning and supporting kids in families.



More Than Dinner: Fundraising Events That Inspire

In a world full of special events and fundraising dinners, how do you make your event stand out from the crowd? This session will offer practical tips and tools for creating an event that builds community, inspires new champions to join your cause, rallies increased support from existing champions, and deepens your relationship with everyone who attends. Whether you’re trying to decide if a new event might be the next right step for your ministry, or if you’re simply looking for an idea or two to make your amazing event even better, this session has something for you.

(Michael Mitchell, CAFO and Mission Increase)

Nurturing Care

Connecting in relationship with our kids is vital. In this workshop, parents and ministry leaders will understand why nurture is important, experience an interactive nurture group, and leave with a plan to do one within their own family or organization.

(Ryan North, One Big Happy Home & Kayla North, Tapestry)

Orphan Care as Part of a Church Discipleship Strategy

Mobilizing Christians into caring for orphans is first and foremost a discipleship issue. In the modern evangelical church, the mandate to care for orphans has been woefully under communicated. In this workshop, participants will address a practical, comprehensive strategy for integrating care for orphans and vulnerable people into the discipleship strategy of the local church. Participants will identify the critical issues in developing a discipleship strategy that addresses orphan care – as well as learning of practical tools to implement in the local church for personal, small group, and corporate discipleship.

(Rick Morton, Lifeline Children’s Services)

Parenting Skills Training for Family Strengthening (Coaching Table)

During this coaching table, program leaders and child welfare professionals will discuss how to train parenting skills in order to support family strengthening.

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Parenting Your Child Who May Have an FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)

Many moms and dads who are parenting an adopted or foster child from backgrounds of early trauma and multiple risk factors are struggling with a child who has a disability that falls under the umbrella term of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). In this session, both parents and professionals will learn characteristics of the four diagnoses within FASD, as well as practical application strategies and resources to have a more productive and peaceful home. Parents will be encouraged with ways to maintain the health of their family in the midst of chaotic behavior and how they can develop the stamina for the long haul – meeting their child’s needs well into the adult years.

(Alan & Debra Jones, Parent Invention & Training)

Practical Guidance for Planning Your Orphan/Stand Sunday Event (Coaching Table)

Are you interested in using Orphan/Stand Sunday as a tool to engage your church or community and don’t know where to start? Speak to a seasoned pastor about the power of Orphan Sunday and get your questions answered about everything from seeking approval to available resources to implementation, for any size congregation or group.

Coach:Eric Mills, CAFO Orphan Sunday

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Praise and Petition

(Robbie Seay, Bayou City Fellowship & Robbie Seay Band)

Preparing and Strengthening Families for Reintegration (Coaching Table)

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Preventing Separation in Low-Resource Environments (Advanced) (Coaching Table)

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Promoting and Experiencing Joy and Laughter in the Midst of Trauma

Working with children and families from hard places takes a toll. Too often we become so emotionally spent, burned-out, or drained of the hope that first brought us to serve. We need to recognize that we must experience joy ourselves, hold onto it, and then bring that hope to others. Laugh today as you learn the practical, measurable, and tangible value of joy and laughter. See the value personally and recognize the impact on every relationship in your life. Learn how laughter can dramatically and positively influence your family, ministry, workplace, and church. Experiencing joy, celebrating life, and even smiling in the midst of pain and hardship is absolutely essential. It is not a hopeful byproduct of circumstance. It is a necessary and healthy expression of the joy that comes from the hope we have in a God who loves His children. Learn how to avoid being a mirror of the culture – reflecting back the hurt, pain, discouragement, and defeat that you see every day. Instead, identify how to experience joy and strive to bring a smile, warmth, and a spirit of laughter to the world around you.

(Bill Williams & Ryan Stanton, Compass)

Raising Black Children in a Multi-Racial Family

How can you equip your family to battle against the stereotypes and negative impact of society? How can you prepare them for challenges they’ll face beyond your home? How can you help them form a secure racial identity alongside a Godly identity that is larger than race alone? Join this interactive conversation with mothers and fathers and leave empowered with specific guidance and wisdom for your family’s needs.

(Faciliated by: Clarkston Morgan, Our Daily Bread Ministries & Ambassador Consultants. Joined by: LaKendra Morgan; Julian Goodson, Bethany Christian Services & Thoughts of a Foster Dad, LLC; Stacey Goodson, Child Welfare Professional & Foster/Adoptive Mom.)

Recruiting Foster Parents in Low-Resource Contexts (Coaching Table)

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ReFraming the Struggle: Finding Strength When Things Are Hard

Foster and adoptive parents face a unique set of challenges and circumstances that are most meaningfully understood and experienced through the lens of God’s truth. This session will help you “reframe” some thinking through those experiences along your journey in a helpful and sustaining way. We’ll explore how to handle our own perceived weaknesses, what to do when you feel like quitting, and how to more deeply understand the spiritual nature of the work we are doing. If you’ve ever found yourself alone with your own thoughts, fears, hopes, concerns, and anxieties along this journey of fostering and adopting, then this workshop is for you. You’ll be encouraged, inspired, and reinvigorated to take your next best steps forward.

(Jason Johnson, CAFO)

Resilience Training for Families (Coaching Table)

During this coaching table, program leaders and child welfare professionals will receive feedback and strategies for how to support and train resilience within families.

Coach:Ruby Johnston, Lamb International

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Restoring Hope to Children with Disabilities

This workshop is for anyone that is slightly interested in adopting a child with a disability, to a current parent, or any international ministry worker or leader. I will use my personal story of living 38 years with cerebral palsy, and other physical difficulties, to highlight God’s goodness – and the profound worldwide needs of children with disabilities. Children with disabilities’ needs extend beyond their physical needs. Therefore, caregivers need to be aware of each life area affected by disability – and seek to bring restoration to the whole child.

(Natalie Flickner, Crisis Care Training International)

Risk to Resiliency: Working With Families in Crisis

Need something for your team to use in working with families who are in crisis? This session will overview a 10 lesson (three hours per lesson) program, covering psychological trauma, child abuse and neglect, crisis management, engaging a family in crisis, helping a family make a plan for safety, and much more. You will be encouraged to immediately implement this training program back in your own church, system, NGO, or network. Upon completion of the session, you will be given a link to access the entire curriculum, PowerPoints, and handouts.

(Lynn & Ruby Johnston, LAMb International)

Saying, “No” to Good Ideas In Order to Do Great Things

The needs of vulnerable children and families are overwhelming. How do we stay focused on the ways in which we are best suited to serve as individuals and organizations? This session will address some of the typical challenges and provide you with tools for saying, “No” to the good things in order to do some great things.

(Blaine Hamilton, Southeast Christian Church & Laura Mobley, Traders Point Christian Church)

Shame, Beauty and the Healing Power of Community

Beauty lies in wait for us around every corner. Who would guess that it is God’s invitation to vulnerability and one of His most profound resources for the healing from shame that we so deeply long for? Who knew that—if we would only open our eyes to it—beauty is the wellspring that God uses to nourish who we are such that we can flourish as we care for the orphan and draw them into doing the same? The good and the hard news is that beauty will find us in an infinite manner of forms and places—but never more profoundly than in the context of deeply connected interpersonal relationships. For indeed, beauty is not merely something that we seek, but something we are becoming. This two-hour workshop will explore the nature of shame and the necessary place of being deeply known in community as the way home to the goodness and beauty that God imagines for us and the orphans for who are in our care.

(Curt Thompson, Being Known and author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame)

Shifting the Story

Let’s start at the very beginning, because it’s always a very good place to start. Join the adoption triad as they name the pieces, parts, and people in the collective adoption story – all of its brokenness, all of its beauty, all of its pain, all of its possibility. Wherever you are in your adoption journey, this session is for you. You will walk away understanding how each part of the triad contributes to, impacts, and needs the other two parts of the triad – and what your specific role and responsibility GETS TO be as we work towards healing, wholeness, and a shared, redemptive story to write and tell together.

(Carissa Woodwyk, Ashley Mitchell, Tona Ottinger)

Short-Term Missions: Keeping Partners Engaged

Short term missions can accomplish many purposes both for the goer and sender. One of those primary reasons can be to reach new partners and keep current partners engaged. This is a valuable and admirable goal; however, we also know that children are never a means to an end. So, how do we identify solutions for keeping partners engaged through STMs that eliminate risks to vulnerable children and families? Learn from three organizations who have walked this road and found successful solutions.

(Kate Borders, World Orphans; Laura Horvath, Helping Children Worldwide; Stacie Ellinger, Children In Families)

Shrinking the Problem: Three Simple Ways to Engage “Crisis”

Sometimes the problem feels really big, and our people feel really small. They don’t know where to start, what to do, or if they can really make a difference at all in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children. And if we’re honest, sometimes as leaders we don’t know what to do or where to start either. In this workshop, you will discover language, strategies, and tools you can use to help your people grasp and engage with the big and complex issues of orphaned and vulnerable children in simple, practical ways. As a leader, you will walk away with a plan of action, a new framework of language, and some clear and simple next steps you can immediately implement in your ministry that will help move your people from feeling paralyzed to empowered. If you have a passion to see more people in your church step into this ministry with clarity and confidence, then this workshop is for you.

(Jason Johnson, CAFO)

Social Media Strategy

Everyone can agree that social media is where the action gets communicated. But do you know how to take your organization’s social media to the next level? This workshop dives into social media strategy, how to do a well-check on your current nonprofit accounts, and what tactical approaches can best prepare your organization for the future.

(Christie Gibson, Buckner International)

Spiritual Formation Practices for Support Groups

What if your support group could offer more than just support for the difficult journey of foster care and adoption? What if you could pursue health and healing for your souls together? In this workshop, we will look at various spiritual formation practices that can help you understand where God is in the pain and what He may be doing in you through the journey.

(Duane and Amy Sherman, Vulnerable Children Support Group Leaders)

Students as Change-Agents

One of the greatest opportunities—perhaps the greatest—we have to affect change in the orphan care and adoption advocacy landscape is to engage and invest in today’s students. These young women and men do not have to wait until tomorrow to lead change—they can begin leading today. A Gospel-centered, intentional plan to educate and equip high school and college students will impact the future more than any other strategic program. Join us and meet three students who are already leading the way as change-agents today. Hear their stories, and be moved to ways you too can begin engaging and investing in today’s youth.

(Emily Richards, Show Hope)


Supporting Family and Community Reintegration Through Case Management

This workshop will provide basic, entry-level, theoretical, and practical information on case management for organizations and individuals working or interested in family reintegration and preventing separation of children from their families. Together we will explore the process of case management, examples of tools and standards, and share experiences of using case management. Special topics will include: strengths-based approaches, engaging the family, child participation, and monitoring toward successful reintegration. Following a presentation and discussion, there will be a participatory exercise to help participants take steps to incorporate case management into their work. Resources and links to more information will be shared.

(Beth Bradford & Maria Jose Ortiz, Changing the Way We Care)

Supporting Governments in the Transition to Family Care (Advanced) (COACHING TABLE)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Supporting Local Families to Care for Children with Special Needs in the Majority World (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

How can CAFO member organizations best encourage and enable families globally to effectively care for children with special needs? What is working now – and what new strategies are needed? CAFO member organizations are invited to join together in this interactive discussion of the big challenges and promising solutions.

(David Gotts, International China Concern)

Sustainable Social Enterprises: Hands-On How to Get Started (or Accelerate!)

Integrating a business enterprise into your service model can significantly expand impact – from family strengthening and aging out programs, to organization sustainability. This session will be highly interactive, allowing in-depth collaboration between actual practitioners and attendees as you work on your own plan for a new and/or accelerated sustainable social enterprise that is well-integrated with your current ministry. You will learn some keys to success, as well as lessons learned from mistakes, and then you will develop your ideas in a roundtable format where you will receive feedback and guidance from experienced practitioners — ultimately walking out with an action plan and clear next steps!

(Vivienne Bechtold, CAFO; Andy Lehman, Lifesong for Orphans; Jeff Greer, SSE; Erica Hall, Akola; Joe Knittig, GOEX; Lisa Castetter, Teen Leadership Challenge)

Taking Relationships to the Next Level 201: Collaborating with Churches, Governments, and Business

When thinking about moving toward family based solutions for children, it’s imperative to explore how engaging key local actors can multiply the impact. In this session, we’ll investigate how best to work from the ground up developing nationalized systems of care for children separated from their families, and how to support and encourage the process. We’ll offer stories and examples from our experiences working in different countries.

(Mike Douris, Orphan Outreach & Phil Aspegren, Casa Viva)

Teaching Kids to Bounce Back!

Resilience can be learned – and research shows that it is the key to healing from hard times and for facing future challenges. Join us for “Helping Kids Bounce Back!” – an interactive workshop to learn practical skills and tools for providing childcare programs to kids with emotional and behavioral challenges. You will learn important safety considerations, scheduling do’s and don’ts, and fun activities that teach kids that they can “bounce back” from hard times.

(Deb Lukasiewicz, Finally Home)

The Actively Engaged Church in Foster Care

You’re leading a foster care ministry in your church and there’s no shortage of opportunities and needs. “What” you are doing is so, so important. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself the question, “How are we doing?” It’s not about activity, it’s about effectiveness. Are we engaging in the right places – in the most impactful places – and is our ministry growing in the most healthy and needed places? These are the questions we will explore together in this workshop – where we’ll unpack six key pillars of what an “actively engaged church” in foster care looks like. You’ll walk away more connected with other leaders like you – more inspired to do the work God has called you to do and more confident in what the next best steps are for your church’s foster care ministry.

(Jason Weber & Jason Johnson, CAFO)

The Beauty of Relational Transformation

What, if anything, does beauty have to do with orphan care? So much of life is automatically framed in terms of answering the question, “What is the problem and how do we solve it?” Wired through our experiences, our brains tend to pay attention to the world in this way. This is not unhelpful insofar as it provides one way of interpreting the world as it is, especially when it comes to caring for the orphan. But there is an additional way that the brain longs to attune to the minds of our children that asks instead the question, “What is the next new beautiful thing that you want to create?” This query directs our minds with curiosity to beauty, opening our imaginations toward that which we most deeply long for ourselves and our children. In this workshop, we will explore how, as Dostoevsky wrote, beauty will save the world—transforming our relationships along the way.

(Curt Thompson, Being Known and author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame)

The Church’s Role in Putting Protective Factors in Place for Reunifying Families

Children in foster care are going home, but many are re-entering care too. This type of “bouncing” wreaks havoc on kids and their families. When looking at the reasons for recidivism in foster care, it is clear that the Church can play a primary role in providing protective factors for at-risk families. This workshop will share a church model of engagement with biological parents in the foster care system, while examining risk factors for children’s re-entry to care.

(Traci Newell, Lifeline Children’s Services)

The Cost of Poverty Experience

The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) serves as a disruptor of the status quo, catalyst for paradigm shifts, and springboard for collaborative community action in holistically caring for children and families in crisis. COPE was developed with low-income individuals who shared their story to give participants an opportunity to move beyond stereotypes to a deeper understanding of the causes and effects of poverty. COPE gives participants an opportunity to experience simulated poverty firsthand through the eyes of real families. The experiential nature of this training helps churches, communities, and individuals more deeply understand the complexities of poverty. This paves the way for more meaningful and empathic relationships and connections created by working across all levels of engagement with vulnerable families and children.

The Keystone of Fathering

The role of the father is critical in the lives of his children. This interactive workshop examines relationship – the keystone of fathering. Come learn how to apply the prerequisites for father-child relationships – which is making sense of one’s own father history, healing father wounds, and examining beliefs about fathering.

(David Schooler, Back2Back Ministries)

The Nuts and Bolts of Bridge Building in Foster Care

When a group of churches and local organizations start dreaming together about how to help local child welfare transform foster care in a community, often a bridge ministry is born. These ministries navigate the waters between church and state and fill needed gaps in the local foster care landscape. Whether you are part of an existing bridge ministry, or have something brewing in your community, this workshop will expose you to the primary functions of a bridge ministry and the components you should be considering as you grow. Your guides on this journey are experienced leaders helping to run bridge ministries across the country.

(Jason Weber, CAFO; Andrew Holland, Hope Fort Worth; Lauri Currier, The CALL; Philip Pattison, Foster the Bay; Janet Rowland, Project 1.27; Katie O’Dell, AZ 1.27)

The Road Ahead for the US State Department and Intercountry Adoption (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Join a private conversation with Michelle Bernier-Toth, the new U.S. Special Advisor for Children’s Issues. You’ll have a chance to meet Michelle personally, ask questions about issues on your mind, and hear about her vision for the future of the State Department’s adoption-related programs. This includes structural changes intended to enable positive, proactive work with foreign governments on adoption issues – and also more open communication with all stakeholders. This discussion is open to leaders of adoption agencies and other CAFO member organizations involved in intercountry adoption.

(Hollen Frazier, All God’s Children & Michelle Bernier-Toth, U.S. Special Advisor for Children’s Issues)

The Teaching-Family Model: An Introduction and Overview of Applications

This workshop will introduce the Teaching-Family Model, its origin and history, as well as current uses – throughout many different settings and levels of care. The basic components of the Model will be explained including goals, systems, and elements. Within the presentation, the key concepts used to implement the Model will be discussed and some significant questions about accreditation answered such as:

How does the Model address trauma?
How does the Model ensure a positive approach to treatment?
Who is using this Model and where?
How is accreditation by TFA different from other accrediting bodies?
How is TFA accreditation complimentary to other accrediting bodies?
What makes TFA accreditation unique?

While the length of the workshop limits the amount of detail, the goal is to provide an understanding of the framework and benefits of the Teaching-Family Model, along with available resources that can provide additional information.

(Craig Gammon, Methodist Children’s Home)

Three Things You Can Always Do (Even When You Feel Like You Can’t Do Anything)

Are you ready to take your ministry to the next level? Or do you feel stuck and aren’t sure what to do next? This workshop is for church ministry leaders who are ready to move beyond their perceived limitations and create a thriving ministry in their church.

(Laura Mobley, Traders Point Christian Church)

Training Your Childcare Staff to be Trauma Informed

One of the challenges of foster adoption ministry is incorporating children from hard places into the church’s children’s programming. Come learn how to equip your children’s ministry team to embrace and minister to children from hard places.

(Jen Decker, Westside Family Church)

Transformational Giving: Successful Fundraising as a Joyful Calling

Do you experience fundraising as a joyful calling, or does it feel more like a necessary evil? What if there was a way to raise funds that not only grew your ministry, but also equipped you to help givers to know, love, and serve God more fully? What if you could experience fundraising as a joyful calling as you connect more givers to your cause, grow your ministry, and ultimately transform more lives for Christ? You can!

I’m excited to let you know that starting in May, CAFO will now be providing ongoing teaching, coaching, and consulting on a Biblical approach to fundraising, all at no additional cost to our members through a new partnership with Mission Increase. This program will be led by Michael Mitchell, who will serve as CAFO’s Director of Development & Discipleship.

We’ll be kicking off this new initiative at the CAFO Summit in Dallas in May, with a special workshop where you’ll discover practical tools to help you:

  • Build a vision-driven case for support.
  • Design entry points for givers to join your cause.
  • Leverage your communications to mobilize your supporters.
  • Network with leaders and learn about the work God is doing through them.

You’ll also get a sneak peek at future training opportunities where you’ll learn to apply a Biblical approach to major gifts, acquisition, direct mail, and fundraising planning. This workshop — along with all future quarterly workshops, coaching, and consulting — will be offered at no additional cost to you as a CAFO member. (Lunch Included)

Please register here.

(Michael Mitchell, CAFO and Mission Increase)

Trauma & Mental Health: Understanding and Application

Come learn common mental health diagnoses our kiddos experience in relation to trauma related symptoms. We will dive deep into practical applications to use in your home or office to improve your child’s mental health outcomes.

(Jenn Hook, Replanted)

Trauma-Informed Education – Empowering Your Child’s Teacher to be Trust-Based

The focus of this workshop is to provide practical tools and brain-integrating strategies for parents to share with teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals to implement trauma-informed care in the school setting.

(Angie Proctor, Trust-Based Counseling Services)

Tripe Threat: Teenagers, Trauma, and Talking

Triple Threat will explore the difference between trauma teenager behaviors and normal teenager behaviors. The workshop will provide tangible and practical behavior management methods to take home and implement right away! (CAFO2019 Encore!)

(Julian Goodson, Bethany Christian Services & Thoughts of a Foster Dad, LLC & Stacey Goodson, Child Welfare Professional & Foster/Adoptive Mom)


Troubleshooting Your Questions on Family Care for Children with Special Needs (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Understanding & Overcoming Childhood Trauma

By better understanding how childhood trauma affects children who have been trafficked, as well as those in our foster care system, we can better instill resilience in our children and teens. This presentation will be geared towards the growing ministry population – including foster parents, mentors, churches, ministry leaders, and missionaries involved in direct care. It is also highly applicable to the advanced population of attendees. We will cover the basics of what childhood trauma entails, what the ACE score is and why it is important to assess, how childhood trauma exponentially increases the vulnerabilities traffickers and exploiters look for, and how resilience can be built in the lives of foster children to greatly decrease the likelihood of exploitation and/or help children and teens heal from past traumas.

(Christa Lynn, One More Child)

Until There’s More Than Enough: What Foster Care Movement Looks Like in Your County

A healthy faith-based local foster care movement involves a lot of different individuals and organizations with a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise. This session will introduce you to the basic philosophies, relationships, and ingredients necessary in local foster care movement building. A team of experts from various entities, who have seen thriving foster care movements start and grow in their own states, will be there to share their insights and answer your questions. This workshop is ideal for child welfare professionals, non-profit leaders, and church ministries.

(Facilitated by: Jason Weber, CAFO. Joined by: Andy Cook, Promise686; Shelly Radic, Project 1.27; Bishop Aaron Blake, Harvest Family Life; Sharen Ford, Focus on the Family; & Kevin Enders, 4KIDS.)

Using the Child Status Index for Case Management (Advanced) (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Virtual Teamwork: How to Create a Thriving Remote Working Environment Everyone Wants to Join (Coaching Table)

In this age of amazing technology, more and more organizations are bringing on remote staff.  Is it possible to have collaboration and effective teamwork if your team isn’t in the same building?  Is it possible to have staff engaged and meeting ambitious goals and deadlines?  The answer to all these questions is, “YES”!  Come discover and share ways your remote team is thriving!

Coach: Ashley Otani Reyes, CAFO

Vocational Training for Youth in Care (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

Vulnerable Children in a Digital Age: How Technology is Impacting Your Child and What You Can Do About It

Children from hard places are more susceptible to harm from technology. Adoptive and foster parents, and leaders serving these children, need to be educated and thoughtful about the impact being seen on the children we love. We will address difficult issues like pornography and social media addiction – and how these uniquely impact children who have experienced trauma. Hear from experts, parents, and an adopted youth who has overcome pornography addiction. Materials and new publications will be shared with the audience. This session will not be recorded so that participants may openly share their journeys.

(Facilitated by: Jodi Jackson Tucker, CAFO. Joined by: Aszia Pearson, pureHOPE & Pam & Trent Taylor, Fost/Adopt Mother & Son.)

We Think We Might Be Interested In Moving Toward Family Care (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

What We Should Know About Loving and Serving Birthmoms Well

Adoption talk tends to focus on pre-placement considerations – matching birthmothers with adoptive families and helping adoptive couples to navigate the requirements, paperwork, and funding involved. But once the baby is placed with the adoptive couple, what happens to that birthmom? How does she deal with her emotions? What services does she need? What services are available? What can the adoption agency, or her church, or others do to help? Our panel of birthmothers will share their experiences, and their hearts, as we get a picture of their experience – what support they were offered and what they really needed. We’ll hear from them about how we, as a community, can understand and be more helpful in this delicate transition.  Our recent survey of ~120 birthmoms uncovered the status of birthmom support today and provides a look into what they say their needs are. Our panel of birthmoms will discuss these findings and share their own experiences. Adoption professionals will glean some great ideas and insights in the area of birthparent support, post-adoption, including: (1) Get a first-hand glimpse into the mind, heart, and emotions of a woman after she places her baby with an adoptive family, (2) An updated approach to offering a variety of support options and methods, including how to take advantage of technology as seen in other industries such as healthcare, and (3) An understanding that the needs are different for every woman.

(Theresa Marcroft, Unplanned)

Where to Start in Adoption

Calling all families, organizations, or leaders who are considering adoption – or who are wanting to learn more about the adoption world to counsel others on their journey! Learn important and current information on the scope of adoption, where you can go for good information and how to pray through each step. Walk with an educated look at what to expect on the road to adoption – both internationally, domestically, or through foster care.

(Joe Gerber, Loving Shepherd Ministries)

Working With Children Living on the Street (Coaching Table)

(Pre-sign up required to reserve a spot at this coaching table.  Coaching table sign-ups available soon!)

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