Leadership Forums & Roundtables – CAFO Organization Members Only

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)

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)

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) 

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)