friday, 12 february

8:30 – 09:00 Devotions (optional)~ located in Chiangmai # 1
9:00 – 11:00 START Session II: CHILD
  Worship led by Mac Powell and Abundant Grace Church Worship Team
  Keynote by Wess Stafford
  Table Discussions
  Keynote by Craig Greenfield and Chenda Pov
  Keynote by Cassie Carstens
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 CHOICE SESSION 1
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:30 CHOICE SESSION 2
16:30 – 17:30 Free Time
17:30 – 18:30 Dinner
18:30 – 20:30 START Session III: FAMILY
  Worship with Mac Powell
  Keynote by Robert Glover
  Keynote by Bill Blacquiere
  Panel interview with Terry Meeuwsen, Daniel Kaggwa, George Ebenezer, and Ramona Dudas
  Keynote by Terry Meeuwsen
20:30 – 20:45 Coffee Break
20:45 – 21:45 Première of the film ‘Lost Kites’ (optional)

CHOICE SESSION 1 - Child

Friday – 11:30 – 13:00

  • STRATEGIZING A - Building God’s Kingdom - Board Room #1
    • Alan Charter, Menchit Wong, and Karmen Friesen God is raising his people around the globe with the vision to end orphanhood. We will explore strategies on how to strengthen the movement and engage with other movements and networks in the Body of Christ.
  • 1) Discipleship and Mentoring of Youth (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #2
    • George Ebenezer, Jess Curabo, and Craig Greenfield At a time such as this, one the most important needs of the hour is discipling and mentoring our children and teenagers. Discipleship of the spiritual formation and mentoring of the strategic skills sets. Why? Because what our children and teenagers are being exposed to everyday is beyond their maturity. So with maturity they are forced to make crucial choices and decisions. Only through intentional discipleship and mentoring can they make those choices and decisions in a Godly way.
  • 2) 1 for 50 - Global (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #4
    • Sheryl Grunwald What if EVERY child in EVERY community had SOMEONE who could help them know and follow Jesus for a lifetime!? This is the dream of 1for50, a global training and networking initiative focused on equipping one leader for every 50 children all around the world. With activity in at least 100 nations, and new training partnerships being formed, together we seek to reach to the edges - to the children most vulnerable and/or least reached - with creative and relevant training for those seeking to serve "the least of these".
  • 3) Life Skills for Youth - Part 1 (SKILL BUILDING) - Nopphakao Room #1
    • Mina Podgaiskaya and Galina Schaefer Parents, caregivers and ministry workers all have the opportunity to teach life skills to youth. This training of trainers will introduce you to the 9 part curriculum called ‘Life Skills for Youth’ which was designed to teach orphans and vulnerable children the skills they need for independent living. At this certificate course you will receive all the training modules (50 1 ½ hour lessons), as well as power points so you can design a training activity or program where you are working with vulnerable, exploited or orphaned youth. (two parts to this session)
  • 4) Building Trauma Informed Teams - Part 1 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #4
    • Lynn Johnston and Johanna Buchman You will receive training on the delivery of a three day training course that will raise awareness of how trauma impacts the brain. The session will also present strategies to work with youth who have been impacted by trauma. Persons completing this certificate class (three parts to this session) will be given a training certificate, curriculum for the three day course, power points and handouts. In addition, you will receive two additional courses: a three hour course for workers and a three hour course for caregivers.
  • 5) Media That Works for Ministry - Part 1 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #3
    • Norv Brown Clearly it is a challenge for the layperson to create powerful presentations when sharing about the orphan crisis. This is a skill building session that will help you understand how to develop a compelling story by using your cell phone, camera or ipad to capture a moment, and then put it together in a way that brings awareness to the needs of orphans. You must bring a camera and computer to this session in order to participate. You will receive a certificate and directions on how to use many different types of tools to enhance your presentations.
  • 6) Finding Families for Children - Why & How (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #5
    • Mick Pease, Caitlin Lance, Narel Atkinson, and Alison Atkinson This session will serve as a help / guide to understanding why De-Institutionalisation is important and looking at Reintegration, Gatekeeping and Transitioning towards family Based Care in looking after orphaned and abandoned children.
  • 7) Legal Issues in Orphan Care (SHARE) - Nopphakao Room #2
    • Brent McBurney, Tek Prasad Rijal, Anja Goertzen, Becky Weichhand, Megan Lestino and Stefi Micliuc One key to advancing and advocating for orphan care around the world requires legal expertise to overcome the many hurdles in our way. Come hear from legal professionals on the legal challenges that face those who minister to orphans and the successes and failures in overcoming those challenges in different settings. We will have some question and answer time following the panel conversation. Please bring any questions you have for further discussion.
  • 8) Care for Children – China and Thailand (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #1
    • Thomas Abbott and Robert Glover Globally recognized for excellence of service to vulnerable children, Care for Children has been in operation in China for 17 years and in Thailand for 3 years. Care for Children helps create a positive alternative to institutional care through local family-based care for disadvantaged children.
  • 9) Using the Best Evidence to Replace Violence with Love for a Billion Children: An Introduction to the Child Status Index and THRIVES (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #3
    • Dr. Bev Nyberg - CSI, Dr. Susan Hillis - THRIVES The United Nations has issued a new global call-to-action: to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence against children. This workshop will describe the implications of this ambitious goal: an urgent need for a new level of public-private-civil society-academic partnerships that implement programs based on the best available evidence. The workshop will then review examples of the best model programs that could be adapted in various settings using the acronym, 'THRIVES.' THRIVES represents a select group of complementary strategies that represent critical components for protecting all children, including those who are orphaned and vulnerable: Training and support for parents and caregivers; Helping children learn life skills and stay in school; Raising access to health and support services for children; Implementing and enforcing laws that protect children; Valuing social norms that protect children; Empowering families economically; and Sustaining safe environments. We will provide an overview of the strategies, and will link participants to web-based examples that describe implementation of the most effective programs that could be adapted to a variety of cultural settings. The seminar will also highlight the use of the Child Status Index as a case management tool for highly vulnerable children and youth and their families. Finally, the prioritization of these child protection strategies for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, USAID, PEPFAR, CDC, the World Bank, and the new UN Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children will be highlighted.
  • 10) Kidsave - Remember the Older Kids! (SHARE) - Nopphakao Room #3
    • Terry Baugh and Kecia Wherry Using weekend visits and school breaks to connect older kids to permanent families. Experiences from Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America US foster care and international adoption.
      Older children age 7-18 are often overlooked when it comes to matching children with families. Yet through family visits, preteens and teenagers can prove that adopting older kids has many advantages. Kidsave’s President Terry Baugh will share the key elements for operating a family visit program in your church or community. Learn how to safely give older children visits with families. Hear how to create safe, interactive events that enable children to meet with a connect with potential families safely. Learn about the different ways individuals, governments, NGOs, congregations and communities can advocate safely and effectively for individual older children. Family visits have worked around the world in a variety of cultures to help older children find permanent loving families, committed guardians and mentors. This spotlight will also address how advocates can help count the number of kids in orphanages worldwide using Kidsave’s new ICount mobile app.
      This Spotlight will be presented by Terry Baugh, Kidsave’s President and Co-Founder and Kecia Wherry, a Kidsave host family and adoptive mom.

CHOICE SESSION 2 - Child/Family

Friday – 14:30 – 16:30

  • STRATEGIZING B - Mobilizing the Church for the Vision - Chiangmai Room #5
    • Shiferaw Michael and Rebecca Nhep James 1:27 is a clear command for the church. As part of the movement, leaders will join together to identify strategies for mobilizing the church for a World Without Orphans.
  • 11) Institute for Human Services – Capacity Building Strategies to Promote Permanence in Families for 'Orphaned' Children - USA (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #3
    • Nan Beeler, Judith Rycus, and Ruby Johnston Children who have been traumatized by maltreatment, abandonment, or orphanage placement need strong, permanent, loving families to heal from their traumatic experiences. However, the negative effects of trauma on children's development often interferes with their ability to forge strong family connections, and also affects the ability of parents to manage the challenges these children bring.
      This session will explain the importance of making "well-informed" decisions when planning for permanent families for 'orphaned' children. We will describe the necessary knowledge and skills to identify and prepare the right family for each child, to support and sustain that family as a permanent home, and to help families meet the special and often unique developmental challenges their children face. We will also describe the training and capacity-building resources available to child advocates from the Institute for Human Services in Columbus, Ohio, an organization that has spent 40 years building organizational and personal capacity to ensure happy and safe futures for the world's maltreated and abandoned children.
  • 12) Casa Viva – Costa Rica (SHOWCASE) - Board Room #1
    • Phil Aspegren Casa Viva believes that family is the answer to children who have lost their family of origin. Casa Viva believes solutions need to resonate with hope – hope in a God who calls each child by name. The local church has the capacity to engage and be the solution for children in their communities. We do not have to build buildings; we need only create a way for the local church to engage. Local Christian families need to be encouraged to open their front doors and welcome children in the name of Christ.
  • 13) Life Skills for Youth - Part 2 (SKILL BUILDING) - Nopphakao Room #1
    • Mina Podgaiskaya and Galina Schaefer Parents, caregivers and ministry workers all have the opportunity to teach life skills to youth. This training of trainers will introduce you to the 9 part curriculum called ‘Life Skills for Youth’ which was designed to teach orphans and vulnerable children the skills they need for independent living. At this certificate course you will receive all the training modules (50 1 ½ hour lessons), as well as power points so you can design a training activity or program where you are working with vulnerable, exploited or orphaned youth. (two parts to this session)
  • 14) Building Trauma Informed Teams - Part 2 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #4
    • Lynn Johnston and Johanna Buchman You will receive training on the delivery of a three day training course that will raise awareness of how trauma impacts the brain. The session will also present strategies to work with youth who have been impacted by trauma. Persons completing this certificate class (three parts to this session) will be given a training certificate, curriculum for the three day course, power points and handouts. In addition, you will receive two additional courses: a three hour course for workers and a three hour course for caregivers.
  • 15) Media That Works for Ministry - Part 2 (SKILL BUILDING) - Board Room #3
    • Norv Brown Clearly it is a challenge for the layperson to create powerful presentations when sharing about the orphan crisis. This is a skill building session that will help you understand how to develop a compelling story by using your cell phone, camera or ipad to capture a moment, and then put it together in a way that brings awareness to the needs of orphans. You must bring a camera and computer to this session in order to participate. You will receive a certificate and directions on how to use many different types of tools to enhance your presentations.
  • 16) Alongsiders International – Asia & Africa (SHOWCASE) - Chiangmai Room #4
    • Craig Greenfield Learn how Alongsiders equips young Christians (aged 16-30) in Non-Western nations to disciple vulnerable children and orphans. In this way we are seeing one generation transforming the next. Come see if this discipleship movement could be a blessing in your context.
  • 17) Roles of Business Persons in Orphan Care (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #1
    • David Melilli, Kingsley Kwayisi, Laura Doherty, Jerry Tucker, Steve Young, Ron Braund, and Jeffrey Street The World Without Orphans movement has provided us with a lofty goal. In order to accomplish our goal, we must efficiently utilize every resource available. We know that the local church is absolutely central and necessary to achieve our desired results. It is also easy to see and understand how the government and legal professionals are critical to the success of this movement. It might be less obvious but business leaders – both local and international – play a vital role in advancing and advocating for orphan care around the world. Come hear from business professionals on how they have leveraged and engaged business people in orphan care. We will share stories of success and explore areas of challenge. We cannot afford to miss or overlook the opportunity that business leaders provide in our communities. We will have some question and answer time following the panel conversation. Please bring any questions you have for further discussion.
  • 18) Discipling the Heart of a Child - Part 1 (SKILL BUILDING) - Nopphakao Room #2
    • George Ebenezer Teaching a child in the way he should go requires skills and direction. This is a training program that will train participants to train others in the area of discipleship of children. The focus will be on discipling youth who are vulnerable, exploited or orphaned. This session (a 2 part session) will provide you with a trainer guide, powerpoints and handouts.
  • 19) Key Principles for Transformational Training (SHARE) - Chiangmai Room #2
    • Janna Moats, Lenneke VanVeen and Carol Boyd The adults caring for children are the key to the child’s well being - it takes time, money and effort to train parents and caregiving staff. We all want the time, money and effort put into training to result in not only new skills but changed priorities and thinking. We want teams that work well together and have shared values. This session will focus on the key principles needed in our training to accomplish those results.
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