OVC Applied Research & Best Practice Symposium

The 2017 OVC Applied Research & Best Practice Symposium will unite top academic OVC researchers with leaders of faith-based NGOs serving children around the world, seeking together to give empirically-validated answers to the question of how we can elevate care for vulnerable children. Practitioners will gain exposure to incisive research and new data, innovations and best practices in the field. Researchers will have a rare opportunity to directly strengthen frontline OVC care practice, while also gaining exposure to innovative models from across the globe.

This fourth annual Symposium will precede the 2017 Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) Summit. Summit last year drew 2,500+ attendees from across the U.S. and 30 countries. CAFO unites more than 190 respected Christian organizations serving vulnerable children in 130+ countries around the world.


Date: Wednesday, May 3

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30pm

Location: Brentwood Baptist Church

Cost: $99 (Non-Member), $50 (CAFO Member)

Each attendee will choose one of three distinct tracks to follow throughout the event. The Monitoring and Evaluation track will address ways programs can track outcomes to ensure they are achieving goals in line with their vision. The Caring for Caregivers track will focus on optimizing the health of primary caregivers of OVC, as evidence suggests caregiver health is one of the most significant indicators of health in vulnerable children. The Transitions to Adulthood track will concentrate on proven ways to increase the chance of success for OVC making the leap to adulthood and independence. Each track will feature TED-style presentations, interactive discussion, and concrete, actionable ideas for how organizations can improve their work in these critical areas. All groups will convene at the end of the day for a lightning round of short talks from presenters from each track.


Dr. Judith Eckerle, University of Minnesota

Dr. Johanna Greeson, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Amanda Howard, Samford University

Dr. Karen Hutcheson, Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Dana Johnson, University of Minnesota

Ruby Johnston, LAMb International

Meghan Lopez, Whole Child International

Dr. Beverly Nyberg, Government Administration

Dr. Delia Pop, Hope and Homes for Children

Dr. David and Jayne Schooler, Back2Back Ministries