September 28-30, 2022


Atlanta, GA

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

This vision will pulse in all that we explore together at the CAFO2022 Summit – from corporate worship to keynote talks, workshop learning to mealtime fellowship. Together, we will deepen and grow as a people planted by God Himself: People who anticipate the good God can bring from what feels like death … People who experience planting again and again in their daily lives … People who join with their good Father and one another in His planting, too…


Find YOUR People


Church Leaders

Pastors, Ministry Directors, and Lay Leaders

Non-Profit Leaders

Non-Profit Leaders

CEOs, Executive Directors, and Staff


Global Leaders

Teams working within the global sector to international leaders on the ground.

Foster / Adoptive Parents

Foster/Adoptive Parents

All who have or are considering welcoming children into their home.

Child Welfare Professionals

Child Welfare Professionals

Those in every sphere of serving children domestically -- from social workers to agency/county staff.

Get ready to meet, discover, learn and share with others walking the same road and working toward the same solutions as you. Watch ideas become action, strangers become friends and isolation become a hopeful community.

“It was so nice being surrounded by others who share the same passions. We all hear, see, witness and go through what most have no idea. To be in this community recharges me to go back, grow, expand and improve, all for the children we serve!”


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Tony Dungy

Former NFL Head Coach
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Cordelia Cranshaw Skeete

Coach, Author, Storyteller, Trainer & Miss District of Columbia USA 2019
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Sandra McCracken

Singer & Songwriter
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Jackie Hill Perry

Author & Artist
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Peter Mutabazi

Foster & Adoptive Dad
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Jedd Medefind

President, CAFO
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Dane Ortlund

Senior Pastor
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Haejin Fujimura

Lawyer & Entrepreneur
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Curt Thompson MD

Speaker & Author
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Todd Tilghman

Singer & Adoptive Dad
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Zawadi Morrow

Worship Leader

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“My favorite part of Summit is the oneness in the vision of serving children – I left reenergized and firmly rooted, as well as encouraged and less isolated.”


All times are Eastern Time.

Tuesday-Wednesday, Sept 27-28

Pre-Summit Intensives

Tuesday, Sept 27 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday, Sept 28 8:30am - 2:30pm
Wednesday, Sept 28

Day 1

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Check-in & Exhibit Fair

3:00 PM -4:00 PM

Opening General Session

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM


5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Dinner Break

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

General Session

Thursday, Sept 29

Day 2

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM


9:45 AM – 10:45 AM


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

General Session

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM


3:45 PM – 5:00 PM


5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Dinner Break

7:00 PM – 8:45 PM

General Session

Friday, Sept 30

Day 3

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM


9:45 AM – 10:45 AM


11:00 AM – 12:45 PM

General Session

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No matter your role in caring for vulnerable children, you’ll find wisdom, truth and guidance for the road ahead.

More sessions are added regularly. Keep checking back for what’s new!

Major Tracks Include:

Filter Workshops

10 Principles for Effective Family Strengthening

Multiple Presenters
Delia Pop A Little Light, Kimberly Quinley Step Ahead Foundation

A First-Hand Look Into The Heart & Mind of Moms Who Place for Adoption

Multiple Presenters
Theresa (Terri) Marcroft Unplanned Good Inc Laura Blanco Birth Mother Dominique White Birth Mother Ali Marie Watson Birth Mother

A Simple System for Inviting Givers Deeper into Your Cause (Coaching Table)

Michael Mitchell CAFO

Addressing Difficult Social Issues with Courage, Conviction, and Kindness (CAFO Member Organizations Only)

Jedd Medefind CAFO

Attachment After Adversity: Building Resilience Through Relationship

Multiple Presenters
Nicole Wilke CAFO Dr. Mandy Howard CAFO

Attachment After Adversity: Building Resilience Through Relationship (Discussion)

Multiple Presenters
Dr. Nicole Wilke CAFO Dr. Mandy Howard CAFO

Battle Plan: Creating a Strategic Prayer Effort for your Ministry

Jacqui Jackson Ignite Hope

Beauty & Justice: Kintsugi Journey into New Creation

Multiple Presenters
Haejin Shim Fujimura Embers International Makoto Fujimura Embers International

Behavior 101 – A Practical Guide to Lying, Stealing, Manipulation, Aggression, & Hoarding

Sonia Martin Lifeline Children's Services

Better Together: A Global Vision

David Hennessey CAFO

Beyond Compassion: Trauma-Informed Leadership

Multiple Presenters
Julie Cooper Trauma Free World Todd Guckenberger Back2Back

BIG IDEAS for Growing the Foster Care Ministry in Your Church

Multiple Presenters
Jason Johnson CAFO Lesli Reece Fostering Together | North Point Ministries Leonard Akers Liberty Hill Church Lori Downs Sojourn Woodstock Zip Cain Revolution Church Sarah Schuenemeyer Hillside UMC


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Unite with a global alliance by joining a community that shares your heart for vulnerable children and families.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know there’s a lot going on at the CAFO Summit and want to answer some common questions.

Thank you for our CAFO2022 Summit Host Church: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church!

They are located at 955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068.

If you have a heart/calling towards orphans and vulnerable children the CAFO Summit is for you! Workshops will include themes specifically designed for pastors, church lay leaders, non-profit staff and leadership, adoptive/foster parents, child welfare professionals, and individuals looking for more information on orphan care ministry.

Come alone or with others? Many prefer to have more than one person attend the CAFO Summit. With the broad range of concurrent workshops, multiple attendees can take home a fuller range of information. Many ministries use conference networking and meal breaks to begin shaping a plan and ideas for further ministry once they return home. In addition, two or more attendees often return home with a deepened relationship and vision that can form the foundation for future ministry.

We ask that children (excluding infants) under the age of 13 not attend unless with parental supervision. The program is not designed for young children. Mature youth with a heart and vision for ministry may register at the special student rate, email to find out more. There will be no KIDS Summit this year.

Editing your registration:

When you registered, the confirmation email linked to an “edit your registration”. However, you can also make updates by visiting here and following the instructions. If you have further registration questions or are having trouble editing your existing registration, please email

Transfer your registration to another:

We’re sorry to hear you’re unable to join us this year! You can certainly transfer your registration to someone else. Simply fill out the Summit Info request form below and a team member will follow up with you to edit the registration. The new registrant will be sent a confirmation email with check-in instructions.


Attendee Cancellation Policy

A cancellation refund may be offered if the registrant requires medical treatment for an illness at the time of cancellation resulting in medically imposed restrictions, as certified by a legally qualified physician or in the event of a death in the family and if the cancelation request is provided (30) days prior to the event (“cancelation cut off date”).

If approved for a refund, all funds will be returned minus a $35 fee to cover expenses related to your canceled registration.

No other refunds will be offered.

Please remember that canceling your registration does not automatically cancel your hotel and travel arrangements. Attendees are responsible for canceling their own hotel and travel reservations.

Force Majeure

After the cancellation cutoff date, payments made are not refundable for any reason, including, but not limited to, failure to use conference attendance credentials due to illness or due to any event beyond the reasonable control of the parties, such as an act of God, a health epidemic, natural disaster, travel-related problems, an act of terrorism, or other unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of the CAFO against which it would have been unreasonable for the CAFO to take precautions and which CAFO could not have avoided even using its best efforts.

Yes. This will look different than last year but we are planning for some virtual components this year. Those details are coming soon.

YES! Every year a mighty team of volunteers provides hospitality, direction, and helping hands to the CAFO Summit. Each year, the volunteers’ service, heart and smile shapes the experience of the attendees. Whether you are the ideal people person, expert behind the scenes runner, chief organizer or strong box-lifter, there is a place for you! Will you join the team?

Who can volunteer?

Volunteer slots are filled by all ages, beginning with responsible older students to all seasons of adulthood.

If I’m a volunteer, do I have to pay to attend?

No! Registration is our gift to full-time volunteers. Each volunteer will be assigned to a particular volunteer team for the slots he/she is available. We ask volunteers to be available to their team for any days they are on-site. While we consider volunteering an all-in experience, each role has multiple “free times” throughout the day where volunteers can join any Summit session.

If this sounds good to you, apply to volunteer here!

The safety and health of everyone at CAFO2022 is a top priority.

CAFO continues to closely monitor the status of COVID along with state and CDC guidelines. We are working with our tremendous host church and local officials to take all measures needed to minimize any risks.

While situations continue to evolve, we anticipate that on-site at the Summit:

We will encourage all participants to understand and seriously consider all current CDC recommendations.

We will ask all participants to fully comply with local mandates.

In all of this, we encourage all CAFO2022 participants to apply common sense measures: stay home if you don’t feel well, wash hands frequently, and consult with your health care provider with any questions.

Each of us today have unique situations and feelings about these matters. In the CAFO community, there is much grace and understanding for all. While we would love for all of us to be together for CAFO2022, each must proceed based on their own sense of wisdom and comfort levels. Our deepest desire is to see you thriving in body, mind and spirit, rooted deep in the love of God.


CAFO Membership: A discounted rate is available for any CAFO member or member applicant ($50 off). This discounted rate includes any individual, church, or organization that applies for membership. See more about membership here.

Groups (10+): A discounted rate is available for groups of 10+ attending the Summit. Register separately here.

Are there audio & video recordings available?

Yes! General Sessions and most workshops are audio recorded and available for purchase. (Member-only workshop recordings are not available.) General sessions may also be available on video.

Download cards are available in advance as you register, sold on-site and available online here.

All general sessions and workshops are included with your registration. You do not need to worry about signing up for workshop sessions, attend whichever you’d like.

Attending General Sessions Only

Due to the format of the Summit sessions, we do not offer the option of attending only the General sessions. However, you can visit the CAFO store after the Summit to purchase a video recording of each general session.

Building your CAFO2022 Experience

While you don’t have to sign up for workshops, because there’s much happening during the CAFO Summit you can build your experience ahead of time. This is purely optional and only to help you plan and maximize your time while with us. Your schedule will not be available on-site, please print and bring along with you. Build your experience coming soon.

Yes to all, for in-person attendance only.

Hague Sessions

The suggested Hague training hours are offered on an advisory basis. Please consult your agency to confirm that these sessions will fulfill your requirements. Completion certificates will be available for each of these sessions.

Continuing Education Units

These CEUs are for social work professionals. Adoptive parents and professionals from other fields may elect to receive this certificate for independent submission to the appropriate boards and associations for credit. Only available for those attending in-person.

Attendance Certificate

Yes. We can send you a certificate for CAFO Summit attendance. Please visit here after the conference for updated instructions on how to request this certificate.

Hotel & Travel

Hotel Accommodations: Please make your hotel reservation by the reservation deadline date listed for each hotel. After that date, rates will go up and availability will be limited.

Car Rentals

Car Rentals: You are not required to use these links, but discounts are available. Good for seven days before and after September 26-30, 2022.

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