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Once again, Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAO) is providing a number of wonderful opportunities for us to be better equipped to care for orphans. In addition to Summit VII (May 12-13), CAO is also offering several Pre-Summit Events on Wednesday, May 11th; and with Summit VII just around the corner, let me encourage you to check out these opportunities sooner rather than later.

Pre-Summit Events:


Open to all Summit attendees – To attend this seminar, add this event when you register for the Summit.

Time: Wednesday, May 11th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Price: $20.00 (Soup and Salad dinner included)

Where: Southeast Christian Church (the conference venue)


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For those women who feel they need a retreat for rest and restoration to complement the conference, this half-day pre-Summit retreat is for you. During our adoption journeys, we are often bombarded with statistics, overwhelmed with hoops to jump through and deadlines to meet.  It also often seems there are few people around who truly understand the roller coaster we climbed into beforehand, never realizing it would not stop.  Before, during and after our adoption we often realize that what we most need is a retreat:  but not just any retreat…a retreat with other women who have been there, who can understood and encourage us in the journey ahead that fulfills God’s dreams!  We invite you to join us for a time of refuge! A time of rest! A time ofrestoration!  We will reflect on living at the well, finding strength in the Lord as a busy mother, and walking in the Lord’s presence.  We will leave renewed, entering Summit with a fresh energy for the call of God on our lives. Come enjoy refreshment in the Lord’s presence, encouragment from women who have been walking this adoption road in the Lord for 15+ years, and fellowship with other mothers who will understand your heart at the level of your deepest joys and tears.  We invite you, come to the well of living water;  you’ll be glad you did.


Hosted by Southern Seminary

Open to all Pastors and Ministry Leaders – To attend this seminar, add this event when you register for the Summit.

Time: Wednesday, May 11th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Price: $20.00

Where: Southern Seminary

Join us for the inaugural Adopting for Life Pastors’ and Leaders’ dinner, to take place on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in conjunction with the Christian Alliance for Orphans Summit VII annual conference. The Adopting for Life Pastors’ and Leaders’ Dinner, to be held on the campus of Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky., will provide an opportunity for Christians—and especially ministers and their wives—to think theologically about adoption and orphan care, as well as adoption’s practical implications in the lives of believers. The evening will include a catered dinner, teaching and a panel discussion on your questions. We hope to see you there!


In Partnership with Together for Adoption

Open to all Summit attendees – To attend this seminar, add this event when you register for the Summit.

Time: Wednesday, May 11th, 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Price: $15.00 (includes copy of Reclaiming Adoption)

Speakers: Dan Cruver, Together for Adoption; Jason Kovacs, ABBA Fund

Where: Southeast Christian Church (the conference venue)

Join us as we go deeper into God’s story of adoption. God’s work of adoption is a story that encompasses all of human history, from its pre-temporal beginnings when God predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to the eventual renewal of the heavens and the earth. From the Apostle Paul’s perspective, adoption is the story that makes sense of the universe, that gives our lives and the existence of all creation ultimate meaning. This half-day pre-Summit event will provide in-depth training in the theology of adoption and its implications for daily Christian living and the care of orphans. Please join us as we consider how to live bolder, more intentional lives for the glory of God and for the sake of orphans through the rediscovery, the daily fresh discovery, of God’s extravagant love for us.


Open to Leadership of Alliance Member Organizations – To attend these forums, email your RSVP toElizabeth Wiebe with your name, title, and organization.

Time:  Wednesday, May 11th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Price:  FREE to Member Summit attendees

Where: Southeast Christian Church (the conference venue)

Leaders of Alliance member organizations (Director level and higher) are invited to join their fellow executives to engage together key challenges in their field.  This invitation-only forum will allow frank discussion of complex and controversial matters—enabling leaders to learn from, challenge and encourage each other.Discussion topics available soon!


Open to all Summit attendees – To attend this seminar, add this event when you register for the Summit.

Time:  Wednesday, May 11th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Price:  $20.00

Where: Southeast Christian Church (the conference venue)

Project 1.27 has received national attention for helping foster children find adoptive homes in Colorado. This successful ministry model has been presented in several states and at the White House. This seminar is for people and organizations around the country ready to start a similar effort in their area. Learn the basic tools, philosophies and systems required to jump-start a dramatic increase in foster care adoptions in your state! Meet with your peers from around the country with the same goals and share ideas! The presentation will be led by Chris and Sarah Padbury, the original Co-Developers of the Project 1.27 Model. The Padburys are currently writing a book on the national adoption movement.  Learn more at the Project 1:27 website.  For more information please email Chris Padbury.

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