The CAFO Blog


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 […]

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 […]

Triple 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)  

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)

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 […]

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)