Loving Children with Special Needs

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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!)