Engaging Effectively for Orphans Worldwide

10 Principles for Effective Family Strengthening (Virtual Only)

We know that children belong in families, but the reality of our broken world is that millions of children live apart from family care. Frequently, families are not able to care for their children unaided, but would be able to do so with support. This can both prevent children from being separated from their families, and ensure child and family wellbeing during family reintegration. “Family strengthening” has become a popular term in the field, but exactly what does it me? Learn principles and practices that you can apply to support children in families right where you are.

CEUs Available: 1  (Delia Pop, Hope and Homes for Children & Kimberly Quinley, Step Ahead)

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 and international orphan care. In this interactive workshop, we 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.

CEUs Available: 1  (Scott Brown, CAFO Aging Out Initiative; Robert Duke, Azusa Pacific University; and Rick Burslem, Sunrise Children’s Services)

Attachment Training For Non-Literate Caregivers of Reintegrated Children

Examining the impact and outcome of the Attachment Theory (AT) Workshop pilots across countries. The AT Workshop was designed specifically for non-literate caregivers of children being reintegrated home, in order to equip parents with the understanding and skill needed to form healthy attachments with their children who have suffered various trauma. Two versions are now in play in Sierra Leone; one for caregivers, and one to train social workers to deploy the training with their own caregivers around the country. Versions are underway in Haiti and Uganda, while Tanzania has now moved onto the waitlist, with second sites in Haiti and Uganda right behind. Data collection seeks to measure its impact through pre/post survey data and Most Significant Change methodology will be shared as evidence of the efficacy of the workshop and its iterative, collaborative approach.

(Laura Horvath, Helping Children Worldwide and Julie Dellamattera, University of Maine)

Better Together: Refreshment, Renewal, and Refocusing on What’s to Come for International NGOs (Pre-Summit Intensive – CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Open only to CAFO Member Organizations’ leaders, staff, and volunteers working internationally. Join other CAFO leaders and staff serving around the world for this global mastermind session! Build relationships and connect with others who’ve experienced similar challenges during the uncertainty of the last 18 months. (Pre-registration required)

Date: Wednesday, September 15, 9:00am – 1:00pm


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

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

CEU’s Available: 1  (David & Jayne Schooler, Community Impact Center)

Children of Shanghai: A Documentary Narrated by Bear Grylls (World Premiere Screening)

Join Matt Redman and the Children of Shanghai film crew to hear stories of the first children placed into family care over 20 years ago in China.  See how their lives were transformed by the love of a family – and the impact this is now having on child welfare reform around the world. (www.childrenofshanghai.com)

(Matt Redman, Musician and Ilaria Chan, Tech Executive & Investor)

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 to experience how fun can bring balance to the work! Think “Jimmy Fallon” but on a non-profit budget.

(Katie Bass, Olive Crest)



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 an understanding of what is happening, what is going well, and where governments, agencies, and nonprofits have fallen short so far – so that everyone is better equipped to offer lasting care.

(Mike Douris, Orphan Outreach)

Discipleship and Leadership Development: Let’s Walk Together

Come learn how to care for the spiritual health of staff while caring for others – all while developing a healthy Christ-centered culture. We’ll discuss how the balance between being a disciple, and discipling others, can be overwhelming. In this workshop, we will explore common challenges and practical approaches, and you will acquire tools to empower you and yours for spiritual life.

(Juan Porto, Back2Back Ministries)

Emerging Foster Care Models in Majority World

Children do best in families, but sometimes children are unable to be cared for by their parents. In these situations, we strive for a spectrum of alternative family options, including foster care. Until recently, foster care was a foreign concept in many regions of the world. However, NGOs around the globe are leading the way to create innovative foster care programs in nations where the phrase has never existed. Join us to learn more about successes and failures, and how to pioneer foster care where you are.

(Facilitated by: Phil Darke, Providence World Joined by: Shoshon Tama-Sweet, Alliance for Children Everywhere; Ashlee Heiligman, Global Child Advocates; and Ian Anand Forber-Pratt, Children’s Emergency Relief International – CERI)

Exploring Show Hope’s Medical Care and Adoption Aid Grants (Coaching Table)

Join the Show Hope team for a discussion on different grant opportunities for families to assist with pre and post-adoption related expenses.

No sign-ups are required for the coaching tables. Limited seating will be first-come, first-served. Stay the hour or drop in throughout for questions, guidance, and discussion!

(Nathan Magness, Show Hope)

Faith & Stewardship: Impact Lessons Behind “Children of Shanghai”

To succeed, any great undertaking must unite an immense array of people and talents. In this workshop following the documentary “Children of Shanghai,” we’ll hear from remarkable individuals whose diverse gifts have each contributed to this work – together helping to transform the lives of more than a million orphans in China, Thailand, and Vietnam. Tech executive and investor Ilaria Chan will facilitate this “fireside chat” with several high-profile figures: Matt Redman (musician), Chris Maclellan (philanthropist, impact investor), Amy Celico (trade diplomat, business executive), and Larry Ross (public relations CEO). The panelists will share their hearts for mission, how their faith shapes the way they give and serve, how they select trustworthy charities to support, and their unique life stories from diverse sectors around the world. Don’t miss it!

(Facilitated by: Ilaria Chan, Tech Executive & Investor Joined by: Matt Redman, Musician; Chris Maclellan, Philanthropist & Impact Investor; Amy Celico, Trade Diplomat & Business Executive; and Larry Ross, Public Relations CEO)

Family Economic Strengthening: Microfinance and Orphan Care

Microfinance is a powerful tool that can improve the economic well-being of households and individuals in the Majority World. As such, microfinance has the potential to prevent children from becoming orphans, contribute to reuniting children with their birth parents, strengthen foster or adoptive families, and better the lives of former orphans. Although microfinance can be quite complicated, this workshop introduces simple, high-impact strategies and tools that virtually any ministry can use.

(Brian Fikkert, Chalmers Center)

Family-Based Care in Local Context

This workshop covers additional design considerations for the adaptation of family-based care models to developing world contexts, particularly in Southern and East Africa. This workshop focuses on several issues in family-based care design that move beyond the core focus of social work to include issues of learned helplessness, economic support, social stigma, gender, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and others. This workshop draws heavily on the experience of multiple ministries in several African countries as they moved to adapt to family-based care within their residential child care programs. This workshop outlines a program design process that addresses these secondary issues. This workshop is tailored to those organizations for whom the core social work competencies of family-based care are necessary, but not sufficient, to ensure healthy outcomes for reintegrated children.

(Shoshon Tama-Sweet, Children Everywhere)

Five Keys for Effective Online Support Groups

As 2020 launched us into a new age of Zoom calls and virtual meetings, the support that adoptive and foster families need has had to transform as well. This workshop will delve into five ways you can begin or advance your support groups using technology and virtual platforms.

(Aixa de López & David McCormick, Alianza Cristiana para los Huérfanos)

Growing Trusting Intercultural Relationships

In this session, we will explore a way to approach intercultural relationships that generate curiosity, respect, love, and understanding – on a good day. On the other days, it at least curbs our judgment and keeps us easier to get along with. This is a gain and makes a lot of difference slowly over time.


Healthy Child Sponsorship Programs (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Many organizations use sponsorship to build connections between donors and the children and families in their programs. But how do we know if sponsorship is truly making a positive impact? Join other small and large organizations that run sponsorship programs, as together we explore the benchmarks of a healthy and thriving program.

(Laura Nzirimu, CAFO; Rebeka Corgan, One More Child; and Marqui Krone, Lifesong)

Help Planning Your Transitioning to Family Care

Do you want to transition from residential care to family-based care, but need help to point your organization in the right direction? Receive coaching on how to assess your strengths, discern your vision and mission, engage stakeholders, and determine the next steps.

(Elli Oswald, Faith to Action Initiative)

Helping Without Hurting: Key Principles

Poverty alleviation is a central component of both orphan prevention and care. Unfortunately, good intentions are not enough. It is possible to hurt poor people in the very process of trying to help them. Based on the best-selling book “When Helping Hurts,” this workshop explores key principles that lay the foundation for successful poverty alleviation strategies at home and abroad.

CEU’s Available: 1  (Brian Fikkert, Chalmers Center)

How a Globally-Focused Organization (or Missionary) Can Structure Itself Best to Partner With U.S. Churches

With the tightening of budgets, changing of fundraising models, and the globalization of ministry, churches have radically shifted the way they partner with globally-focused organizations and missionaries. This interactive session is geared toward nonprofit/ministry leaders of globally-focused organizations and will provide valuable insights on how you can structure your organization to best partner with U.S. churches. Specifically, we will discuss how to: incorporate a nonprofit and develop bylaws, select a board governance model, develop executive leaders, create an organizational structure, implement boundaries and guidelines, master budgeting and financial transparency, understand mission and vision, and implement continuous improvement cycles and SWOT analysis.

(Brian Berman, Project Mañana International)

How Can We use Trust-Based Relational Intervention Together to Create Systems Change?

Join this conversation around effectively using Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) as a collaborative tool for transforming lives around the world. Come ready to learn how to adapt TBRI® principles to the unique needs and strengths of various cultures and contexts. Hear proven successes of global leaders actively implementing TBRI® in a cross-cultural context and improving the lives of children across the continuum of care.

(Kiersten Luginbill & Ana Maria Fernandez, All God’s Children International and Marisa Stam & Tamrat Kebede, Selamta Family Project)

How to Develop Effective Transition Plans for Youth Aging into Adulthood from Residential Care

Come discuss how to prepare adolescents for aging out of residential programs. Together we will look at how caregivers and programs can help youth aging into adulthood chart a path to successful employment, stable living situations, and re-integration into their communities.

(David Nowell, Hope Institute)

How to Engage Grief in the Story of Hope

Is grief a problem to be solved? A disruption to be overcome? Or is there a greater purpose in grief as we curate and share stories that engage – and encourage others to join us in serving the orphaned and vulnerable? This is an honest look at embracing grief in the story of hope.

(Facilitated by: Ronne Rock, Orphan Outreach Joined by: Pam Parish, Connections Homes; Lisa Anderson, Grace’s Table; & Irene de Salazar, Down Guatemala)

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, Juan Porto, & Daniel Asama, Back2Back)

Increasing Your Impact: Considering A Collaborative Approach to Caring for Vulnerable Children

Programs for vulnerable youth can only reach a limited number of children in specific ways. Are you ready to increase your impact to not only reach more children but also expand the support provided to them? Through a panel of global experts, and an introduction to new tools, this workshop will guide you toward practical steps in doing more for children. We will highlight a systems approach—linking to and supporting the existing individuals, organizations, and systems that surround children. Together, we will help you better understand the systems within the community you serve and create an action plan to fill the critical gaps for children and families.

(Facilitated by: Elli Oswald, Faith to Action Initiative Joined by: Tara Garcia, Identity Mission, Honduras and Oleg Shelashskiy, International Leadership and Development Center, Ukraine)

Let’s Talk About Adoption Medical Care Opportunities

Come on by the gathering tent and join the Show Hope team to discuss how medical care grants can make a difference for adoptive families on every part of their journey. Bring your questions and stories!

(Nathan Magness, Show Hope)

Nurturing Care

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

CEU’s Available: 1  (Ryan & Kayla North, One Big Happy Home)

Shifting the Mindset Towards Family Care

Join like-minded practitioners interested in affecting greater change in care reform as we strategize and collaborate on shifting mindsets towards family care. While much evidence has been provided on the importance of family, and viable models of family care have been established, many people still resist family-based services. In our Better Together Room, we’ll be planning, dreaming, and strategizing together on how to advance family care with clear communication, compelling stories, and effective engagement in both large and small settings.

(Brandon Stiver, 1Million Home)

Social Enterprise Community of Practice Workshop (Pre-Summit Intensive)

This one-day interactive workshop is for people who are currently involved with a social enterprise or in the process of starting one. You will meet a group of practitioners who will share keys to success as well as the lessons they have learned from their mistakes. There will be representatives from four kinds of business models that we will showcase:

1) Domestic sales/retail/wholesale (Carabello Coffee, Gobena Coffee)
2) Overseas production/domestic sales (GOEX Haiti, Freeset)
3) Overseas businesses (Lifesong Farms, SSE Nigeria)
4) Marketplace ministries connected with a local church in the U.S. (SSE/ORCA Center)

We will start the day together as a community, and then workshop participants will get to choose one that they would like to go deeper with.  They will then spend time with the leaders in a small group and visit the local offices where possible so you can see a social enterprise in action.

We will spend the final part of the day conducting targeted consultations to help you in the areas of developing a robust financial/business model, finding the right partners, hiring the right people, and building and training the organization. Join us for an invaluable day of learning with others who have gone before you – it could save you years of time and tons of money from trying to do it on your own. You will become part of a community of practitioners who are learning together and supporting one another.

(Pre-registration required)

Date: Wednesday, September 15, 8:30am – 2:30pm

(Facilitated by: Vivienne Bechtold, CAFO Sustainable Social Enterprise Director Joined by: Joe Knittig, GOEX; Andy Lehman, Lifesong & Gobena Coffee; Justin & Emily Carabello, Carabello Coffee; Jeff Greer, Self Sustaining Enterprises (SSE) & ORCA Center; Pete West, Self Sustaining Enterprises; and Kevin Schwieger, Grace Chapel)

Strengthening Families: Caregiver Attachment as a Protective Factor

This workshop will explore the importance of facilitating secure caregiver attachment as a protective factor for vulnerable families. Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. They are attributes that serve as buffers, helping parents who might otherwise be at risk of maltreating their children – to find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. Focusing on protective factors, which are attributes that families themselves often want to build, helps service providers develop positive relationships with parents. Research has found that secure caregiver attachment is one of the most predictive protective factors to ensure the well-being of children and families and placement stability long-term. The workshop will focus on specific strategies to promote secure attachment in caregivers when working in different contexts including family preservation, kinship placements, foster care, reintegration, and residential care.

CEU’s Available: 1  (Mandy Howard, Samford University)

Sudden Change for Non-Profits: Friend or Foe?

When faced with changes beyond our control – whether natural disasters, sudden public policy changes, or a global pandemic – how do we make quick shifts within our organizations that benefit the children we work with? Ten organizations from different parts of the world have been journeying together this past year as they were forced to rapidly reintegrate children into families due to COVID-19 mandates from their government. Come hear what they and their coach have learned about family reintegration, supporting families during emergencies, and how to make significant changes within their organizations quickly.

(Facilitated by: Ian Anand Forber-Pratt, Children’s Emergency Relief International – CERI and Trisha Weber, CAFO Joined by: Alejandra Castro, Back2Back; Taylor Cochran, Bless the Children; and John Dongerdive, Life Light Ministries)

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

Caring for children with special needs can be daunting anywhere, and all the more so in many countries with highly-limited resources and public supports. How can CAFO member organizations best encourage and enable families globally to care for their 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.

(Faciliated by Jared Scheppmann, Ekisa)

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

This highly interactive session will allow 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!

(Facilitated by: Vivienne Bechtold, CAFO Sustainable Social Enterprise Director Joined by: Joe Knittig, GOEX; Andy Lehman, Lifesong & Gobena Coffee; Justin & Emily Carabello, Carabello Coffee; Jeff Greer, Self Sustaining Enterprises (SSE) & ORCA Center; Pete West, Self Sustaining Enterprises; and Kevin Schwieger, Grace Chapel)

Taking Relationships to the Next Level 201: Collaborating with Churches, Governments, and Businesses (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

When thinking about moving toward family-based solutions for children, explore how engaging key local actors can multiply the impact. In this session, we’ll discuss 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 from the sidelines. We’ll exchange stories and examples from our experiences working in different countries.

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

The Mother of Invention: Bootstrapped OVC Care Innovations from a Year of Crisis

What was your best new idea this year? What innovations impressed you amidst hard times? Come ready both to share and to hear from fellow leaders the real-world struggles we’ve faced, and the creative solutions we’ve forged, in a season of unprecedented challenge. Together, we’ll explore an array of new angles, fresh ideas, and inventive problem-solving with leaders serving vulnerable children around the globe.

(Shelton Taguma, Forgotten Voices and Susan Hillis, CDC & World Without Orphans)

The Other Half of Reunification: How to Work with Vulnerable Families

The point of reintegrating children back to family is crucial, but the work doesn’t end there! Join us for a workshop about the long view of family care. Whether you have a children’s home and have never reintegrated children, or you’ve been reintegrating children for years, you have a place in this session as we dive into the most critical components of family care. We’ll discuss effective social service models, organizational structures, managing cases, closing cases, and connecting children and families with the community services that help them thrive. Bring your questions and experiences – and prepare to receive counsel from leaders on the frontlines of family care.

CEU’s Available: 1  (Facilitated by: Brandon Stiver, 1Million Home Joined by: Jared Scheppman , Ekisa Ministries; Laura Horvath, Helping Children Worldwide; Ashlee Heiligman, Global Child Advocates; Spencer Reeves, Child Hope International; Marisa Stam, Selamta Family Project; & Brent Phillips, Cherish Uganda)

Together with Families: Case Management in Working with Family and Community Reintegration

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 in their own growth, child participation in case management, working with the community, and monitoring toward successful reintegration. Following a presentation and discussion, there will be a participatory exercise to help participants take steps to incorporate strengths-based, together with family case management into their work. Resources and links to more information will be shared.

CEUs Available: 1  (Beth Bradford, Changing the Way We Care)

Trauma Competent Care (ENGLISH) (Pre-Summit Intensive)

Trauma Free World brings evidence-informed and world-class training out of university classrooms and makes it accessible to all adults. By doing so, even the best interventions and strategies are strengthened and maximized. (Pre-registration required)

Date: Monday and Tuesday, September 13th-14th – 9:00am – 4:00pm

(Julie Cooper & Ann Smith, Trauma Free World)

CEUs Available: Attendee can earn up to 12 for BOTH days (6 CEs per day)

Trauma Competent Care (SPANISH) (Pre-Summit Intensive)

Trauma Free World trae pruebas informadas y entrenamiento de clase mundial fuera de las aulas universitarias y lo hace accesible para todos los adultos. Al hacerlo, incluso las mejores intervenciones y estrategias se ven reforzadas y maximizadas. (Pre-registration required)

Date: Monday & Tuesday, September 13&14,  9:00am-4:00pm

(Teresa García, Trauma Free World & Juan Manuel Porto, Back2Back Monterrey)

CEUs Available: Attendee can earn up to 12 for BOTH days (6 CEs per day)

When Short-Term Trips Aren’t Possible: Alternative Engagement Opportunities

For many organizations serving vulnerable children and families, short-term missions can serve as a means to connect your partners to what God is doing through your program. How do you maintain this connection when short-term mission trips aren’t possible or wise? What do you do to build relationships with partners when your program is not yet ready to receive STM teams in light of the global pandemic? This session is an interactive discussion with programs asking these questions and developing innovative solutions. Bring your queries and your experiences for the opportunity to learn together.

(Facilitated by: Laura Nzirimu, CAFO Joined by: Rebeka Corgan, One More Child; Mike Bowles, Back2Back; & Margaret Hoffer, Selamta Family Project)