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Identity to Mission: An Adoptee & Foster Gathering

Identity to Mission: A Foster and Adoptee Gathering is designed to promote hope and healing through the voices of those who have experienced foster care and/or adoption. This gathering will provide Christ-centered connection, education, and support for those who have lived experience in the realm of foster care and/or adoption. You will leave this session with a newfound sense of community that will remain far beyond this gathering.


Date: Wednesday, Sept 28
Time: 8:30am – 2:30pm
Location: Johnson Ferry Baptist Church


  • $50 – Non-Member
  • $45 – Member
  • Scholarships Available, email summitinfo@cafo.org

Ideal Audience

For those who have experienced foster care and/or adoption.


Tony Mitchell, COO, Christian Alliance for Orphans

Tony was placed in foster care as newborn. After two years he was adopted. He went on to be the first and only person in his family to attend and graduate from college, with honors,
and navigate a successful 30-year business career serving in C-level capacities at corporations from $2 million to $2 billion in revenue.

After leaving corporate America, he now serves as COO of Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), along with serving other organizations as a board director, speaker, and strategic advisor. He and his wife, Venita, are also speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember®
marriage conferences.

Mandy Litzke, Founder/Executive Director, Safe Harbor Orphan Care

Mandy Litzke is Founder/Executive Director, Safe Harbor Orphan Care Ministries,
International Speaker, Trauma Informed Educator, and most importantly-wife and mom to 17.  Born into the tragedy and hopelessness of addiction and abuse, hear her story of rescue and redemption; experiencing God’s healing grace and transforming what could become bitterness into blessings. Called to an unimaginable journey of faith and obedience to live out loud
James 1:27.

George Dennehy, Musical Artist

George Dennehy is capturing attention all over the world for his unique talents. Born without arms, he plays music from his heart using his feet. George also has a powerful message to share. Because George has overcome so many challenges in his own life, he believes that every individual has a purpose and absolutely anything is possible. People are surprised by his life story, including his early struggle against death in a grim Romanian orphanage and the dire circumstances that led to an urgent plea for a family to quickly consider adopting him. That adoption happened when George was eighteen months old. Today George has twelve siblings — nine of his brothers and sisters are also adopted and they represent six different countries.

Trisha Priebe, Communications Coordinator, Lifesong for Orphans

Trisha Priebe is an adoptee + adoptive mom, committed to helping you navigate your adoption
journey with hope. She’s written 8 books and serves as a Communications Coordinator for
Lifesong for Orphans (lifesong.org). She blogs personally at RightWhereYouBelong.com.

Alon Auguste, Speaker, Youth and Diversity Consultant

Meet Alon Auguste: speaker, Hip Hop artist, husband and father of four. Alon has performed with John Reuben and shared the stage with Toby Mac, Reliant K, Newsboys, Five Iron Frenzy, the LA Symphony and more.
He has pastored high school age youth and families for 10 years at Vineyard Columbus (2004-2014),  and now is the Middle School Culture
Coordinator at Graham Elementary and Middle School. Alon’s journey began in the chaotic world of the Massachusetts foster care system, bouncing
between foster families, group homes and hospitals. His story is one of
hope, inspiration and redemption. He continues to share his story to help
others imagine more for life and be inspired!

Trent Taylor, CEO, Watch Me Rise

Trent is Co-founder and CEO of Watch Me Rise Ministry. Trent experienced sexual abuse, neglect, and domestic violence during the first half of his childhood. He traveled a horrific journey through the foster care system until he was adopted at the age of 9. After healing from his traumatic past, Trent, who is now 21, has devoted his life to helping others overcome past trauma by providing hope. Trent willingly shares his inspiring story of triumph in order to
provide hope and healing for others. Trent strives to break misconceptions about those who have spent time in foster care. He has received numerous honors and awards for academics,
leadership, and community service. Trent is also an advocate for change and is involved in foster care reform at the national level and local levels. This young man who could have easily
become another statistic has published two books and is the host of the Watch Me Rise podcast. Trent is well-versed in trauma and is a practitioner in Trust Based Relational Intervention. Trent feels that true healing can only be found in God and attributes every bit of
his success to our Lord and Savior.

Dr. Kwabena Frimpong-Manso

Senior Lecturer
University of Ghana