OCTOBER 1-3, 2019 | Saddleback Church

Join us for the Vulnerable Children and Foster Care Track at the Made For Mission Conference. Come learn a proven approach to helping vulnerable children with a church-to-church strategy developed in Rwanda over the past decade. Soon Rwanda will be the first African nation to empty their orphanages and deinstitutionalize all of their vulnerable children. This model that worked in Rwanda and is also working in Southern California. The strategy is summed up in the vision statement: Find a Family for Every Child and Equip the Church to Support Them. Using best practices in collaboration with local agencies we share how we implement timeless biblical values with modern evidence-based methods to help place children and heal families. You’ll receive a free ministry launch kit to help equip your church and start changing lives right away!

We have invited several subject experts to share their experience and perspective on working with churches to provide trauma-informed care for vulnerable children and their families. A key to success is building a collaborative network and establishing processes and program to align everyone’s strengths to help.


Mary Kamanzi is the Rwanda Country Director for the PEACE Plan. With a long history of caring for orphans and the vulnerable, Mary helped lead the PEACE Plan efforts to transition Rwanda from an institution-based child welfare system to a family-based system, effectively transitioning nearly 3,000 children out of Rwandan orphanages and into families by mobilizing local Rwandan churches through the PEACE Plan. As an active member in her church, Mary and her husband adopted two sons to add to their family of four, fostering several more. Mary knows firsthand the importance of equipping her church with ministries that can provide support for adoptive families.
Amanda Purvis is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. As training specialist, Amanda’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®). TBRI, a holistic, attachment-based, and trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children, offers practical tools for caregivers to help those in their care reach their highest potential. Amanda will share about some of the ways TBRI has formed collaboratives to create trauma-informed communities.
Scott Burdick is a Deputy Division Director of the County of Orange Social Services Agency’s Children and Family Services Division where he has worked for nearly 24 years. He currently oversees the Intervention and Prevention Services Section, which includes the Adult and Child Abuse Registry, Emergency Response, Child Abuse Services Team (CAST), Differential Response and Voluntary Family Services. He also has experience in Permanency Services, Families and Communities Together (FaCT) – the County’s Family Resource Center platform, Resource Development and Management (RDM), Specialized Family Services, Investigations, Intake, Conditional Release to Intensive Supervision Program (C.R.I.S.P) and Best Known Practices.
Gloria Romero is a former California State Senator and the Founder/Strategic Planner of the California Center for Parent Empowerment. She has been a dynamic advocate for education reform and civil rights. As the co-founder and executive director of Scholarship Prep Schools, Romero and her faculty believe in ensuring that vulnerable children are college and career ready. A key factor in serving the vulnerable youth is providing a trauma-informed classroom that takes in to account a child’s history as they prepare them for their future. She is helping to create a model for what schools can do to best serve children from hard places.
Don Verleur is the CEO of Olive Crest and no stranger to Biblical Hospitality. In 1973 his parents took in took in four young girls who needed a home. Since then his family legacy has been helping to provide a strong family for every child who needs one. The Verleur family has always known that some of the strongest families attend church regularly and have a deep understanding of the Bible. Olive Crest as a Christian organization has built its foundation on biblical values. Don has continued this tradition and will expand how churches and organizations can maintain healthy partnerships with a clear understanding of the roles each party can best play to help children and families grow stronger.

We invite you to be a member of our ZERO by 2020 Vision community and join us for 3-days of connecting, sharing and learning. Click here to request promo code and be a part of the Vulnerable Children Track.