Wednesday, May 2

9:00am – 5:00pm

Pre-Conference Intensives

4:30pm – 7:30pm

Early Check-In

Early check-in attendees will be entered for a prize to be announced Thursday morning.

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Alliance Member Reception

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Night of Worship

Prepare for Summit VIII with worship!  Our host church for 2012, Saddleback Church, invites you to join the Saddleback community for “Night of Worship.”  When you arrive to check-in Wednesday evening, stay for an energizing time of fellowship, inspiration, and encouragement with friends new and old.

Thursday, May 3

8:45am – 10:00am

General Session

Crawford Loritts, Fellowship Bible Church 

11:00am – 12:00am

Breakout Session I

Attachment and Trauma I
Building Church Ministries 101: Launching a Church Orphans’ Ministry
Discipling Teenage Orphans: Move beyond Basic Care to Making…
Growing a Heart for the Orphan Through Children and Youth Ministries
How You Can Create Change for Orphans by Speaking Out
Innovative Adoption Funding Solutions & How the Church Can Respond
Loving All of Our Child: Why an Adoptee’s Story Matters
Mentoring America’s Fatherless
Missional Living and Orphancare
New Media and Orphan Advocacy
Shifting Along the Continuum Toward Community- and… (Member Orgs)
The Church’s Response to Street Children
The Rwanda Story: It Can Happen Anywhere
The Shocking Truth About the Global Food Crisis & Solutions…
Wrapping Around Foster and Adoptive Families
12:00pm – 1:45pm


12:45pm – 1:45pm

Lunch Special Feature Sessions

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Breakout Sessions II

Adoptionology: Pushing Toward Trinitarian Solutions to the Global…
Attachment and Trauma II
Building Church Ministries: Adoption 201 (repeated)
Building Church Ministries: Foster Care 201 (repeated)
Building Church Ministries: Global Orphan Care 201 (repeated)
Creating a Safe Place in Church for Adoptees to Talk about Adoption
Engaging For-Profit Businesses in the Care for the Fatherless
From Annie to Harry Potter: How Pop Culture Shapes Our View…
Keeping Marriage and Family Strong on the Journey of Adoption
Keeping Your Ministry Above Reproach
Preparing and Supporting Families that Choose Challenging…(Member Orgs)
Reaching the Orphans in Unreached People Groups
Steps to Serving Foster Children by Taking a “Mission Trip” in…
The Challenges and Best Practices of International Church to Church…
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Focused Networking

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Breakout Sessions III

Becoming a Multicultural Family I
Building Church Ministries 101: Launching a Church Orphans’ Ministry
Compassion Fatigue: How Caring for Traumatized Children Impacts You
Engaging Church Leadership
Fundraising in the Age of Engage
Global Orphan Care 301: What You Need to Know Before Starting…
HIV & Orphans: Tools for Your Church & Ministry
How Does It Work: Successful Models of Church Orphan Ministry
How the Evangelical Orphan Care Movement Can Wreck Itself
Indigenous Adoption & Lay Social Workers: Practical Strategies & Tools…
Maintaining Positive Relations with Government Here and… (Member Orgs)
Mental Health Challenges:  Hope for parents, Help from the Church
Mobilizing the Whole Community to Rescue and Restore
Trust-Based Parenting: Creating Lasting Change in Your Child’s Behavior
Wisdom from the Veterans: Foster Care Q&A
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Special Movie Premier

Join a special premier showing of the new film, Faultless.  This moving documentary delves deep into the profound challenges faced by children in the U.S. foster system…and glimmers of hope from communities across the U.S. where local churches and families are opening their hearts and homes.

7:00pm – 9:00pm

General Session

Francis Chan

Friday, May 4

8:00am – 8:30am

Prayer Time

8:45am – 10:30am

General Session

Rick & Kay Warren

11:00am – 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions IV

A Pastor’s Heart for the Fatherless
Adoption Medicine: Understanding Key Medical Issues in an Adoption…
Becoming a Multicultural Family II
Best Practices in Successful Life Transitions for Older…(Member Orgs)
Building Church Ministries: Adoption 201 (repeated)
Building Church Ministries: Global Orphan Care 201 (repeated)
Effective Faith-Based Partnerships: Models that Work for Children…
Exploring the Father-Heart of God (students only)
Learning from the Indigenous Orphan Care Movement in Ukraine…
Local Families and Churches Caring for Children in International…
The Crossroads of Human Trafficking and the Orphan Crisis
The Power of Orphan Sunday: How You Can Impact Your Church…
Understanding Foster Care and Foster-to-Adopt
You Can Thrive, Not Just Survive: A New Look at Attachment I
12:00pm – 1:45pm


12:45pm – 1:45pm

Lunch Special Features

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Breakout Sessions V

Addressing Disruption and Dissolution: Families in Need of the…
Creative Models for Engaging the Church for America’s Fatherless
Micro-Finance and Orphan Care: A Practical… (Member Orgs)
Empowering the Local Church
Everybody Loves A Good Story (students only)
Hot Topics and Hard Issues: Global Initiatives Q&A
Indigenous Movements Worldwide: Locally-Rooted Solutions to the…
Key Principles and Practices for Faith Partnerships
Preaching, Teaching, and Orphan Care
Strategic Church Based Orphan Care and Adoption Ministry
Telling the Truth to your Adopted or Foster Child
The Multiracial Family: Conversations of Real People, Real Experts
Unadoptable. How can we invite the fatherless in our room when…
Working Together: The Benefits of Regional Church Orphan …
You Can Thrive, Not Just Survive:  A New Look at Attachment II
3:15pm – 4:15pm

Breakout Sessions VI

Adoption from the Inside Out
Building a Strong Couples Ministry for Foster and Adoptive Families
Building Church Ministries: Foster Care 201 (repeated)
Choose Joy
Engaging Volunteers in Meaningful Ministry from the USA
Establishing & Managing Trustworthy Indigenous Partners  (Member Orgs)
Fuel for the Fire! (students only)
Growing a Church that Mirrors God’s Heart for the Orphans
Making Media Matter
Micro-Finance and Orphan Care: An Essential Alliance
Siblings Speak Out: A Panel of Siblings
The Church as an Alternative to Foster Care: How Churches can…
Transforming Communities to Provide Holistic Care to Orphans
What Happens at 18?: Faith-Based Strategies for Serving…
Your Church as a Safety Net: Five Things You Need to Know…
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Special Feature: Men and Women for the Cause of the Fatherless

7:00pm – 9:00pm

General Session

Steven Curtis Chapman