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*The church in the image above is our 2014 conference host.

We now have our final main session speaker in place to help us address this year’s conference theme (“Urgency & Complexity: Biblical & Ethical Approaches to the Orphan Crisis”). Dr. Elizabeth Bartholet, a Professor of Law at Harvard, is joining us to speak on “Family First: International Adoption as a Human Rights Issue.” We are thrilled she will be with us this year as we consider the vitally important issues surrounding biblical and ethical approaches to the global orphan crisis.

Dr. Bartholet “is the Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Child Advocacy Program (CAP), which she founded in the fall of 2004. She teaches civil rights and family law, specializing in child welfare, adoption, and reproductive technology.”

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Below is most of what you’ll get with our main sessions at this year’s T4A conference:

Main Session 1: “The Gospel of Adoption as Family Reunification” (Dan Cruver, 28 minutes); Continuing the Conversation (20 minutes): Jason Kovacs, Jedd Medefind, & Dan Cruver

Main Session 2: “The Church’s Role in Family Preservation, Reunification, and Adoption” (Jedd Medefind, 28 minutes); Continuing the Conversation (20 minutes): Jason Kovacs, Elizabeth Styffe, & Jedd Medefind

Main Session 3: Multiple 10 minute talks with speakers including the following: Chris Marlow, Phil Darke, Elizabeth Styffe, Daniel Bennett, Mike Rusch, Rick Morton, Dr. Susan Hillis, and others.

Main Session 4: “Child Catchers or The Hands and Feet of Jesus? How Everyday Christians Can Engage in the Complex World of Orphan Care & Adoption” (Brandon Hatmaker, 28 minutes); Continuing the Conversation (20 minutes): TBA

Main Session 5: “Family First: International Adoption as a Human Rights Issue” (Dr. Elizabeth Bartholet, 28 minutes); Continuing the Conversation (20 minutes): TBA

Main Session 6: “Balancing the Scales: Protecting and Defending the Fatherless in Our Own Communities” (John Sowers, 28 minutes); Continuing the Conversation (20 minutes): TBA

Main Session 7: “Where Do We Go from Here? The Future of the Church and the Global Orphan Crisis” (Jason Kovacs, 28 minutes); Continuing the Conversation (20 minutes): Jedd Medefind, Dan Cruver, & Jason Kovacs

In addition to our main sessions, we will have 4 breakout session slots with 10-12 breakouts/workshops each.

Stay tuned for information about registration and other important conference details. Oh, and don’t forget that our host church is providing free childcare for our attendees! 


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