Charging Towards Orphan Sunday…and Reflecting Back to 2002

Guest Post from Orphan Sunday National Director, Roberta Fanelli-Davis As we charge toward Orphan Sunday 2014, we reflect back on a watershed moment in 2002.  An American businessman, Gary Schneider, sat in a little church in Kalingalinga, Zambia.  Gary listened intently to Pastor Billiance Chondwe, a local pastor, whose heart had been stirred by the plight of […]

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CAFO Members Serving in Ebola Impacted Regions

News outlets increasingly bring to light the harsh toll that Ebola is taking on children. The Washington Post this week headlined, “War-Torn Liberia Already Had Too Many Orphans. Then Came Ebola.” It describes: In a country still recovering from 14 years of civil war, Ebola is posing a new threat to children, with challenges never […]

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New Federal Numbers are Out on Foster Care: Be Sure to Check Out the Ones Column

Guest Post from Jason Weber, Director of CAFO National Foster Care Initiative Last week, I was helping one of my kids subtract large numbers for a homework assignment. At one point she made the mistake of stacking up the numbers and starting on the left side in the thousands column rather than starting on the […]

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Ebola and Orphans

Whatever the crisis – from civil war to famine to natural disaster – it is often children who bear the brunt.  Tragedies break with special ferocity upon orphans and other children who live without the protection of family…while also often creating scores of newly-orphaned children.  This appears to be the case yet again as Ebola […]

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Doing Good, with Excellence, for God’s Glory!

I just returned from meeting with about 120 ministry leaders in Kyrgyzstan, each passionate about caring for orphans and desiring to see the local church rise on behalf of the fatherless of their country. This was exciting for me to see, because it showed without a doubt that there are champions there – orphan advocates […]

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A Glimpse of the Church in Uganda Rising for Orphans

Guest post from Jodi Jackson Tucker. This summer, Wendy Cheek – a long-time Orphan Sunday Coordinator in Michigan – shared an email with us that brought joy to our hearts. With her permission, we wanted to share it with you, too: My family just returned from a 2-week trip to Uganda where we were visiting […]

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Dialogue with Critics of Adoption and Orphan Care

A highlight of the CAFO2014 Summit for me was a workshop designed as a public discussion with Professor David Smolin.  I’ve valued a growing friendship with David and our many conversations.   Although we differ significantly on some issues, I felt it’d be very valuable for the CAFO community to hear and weigh Professor Smolin’s criticisms […]

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Upcoming Conferences!

There are several great opportunities around the country this fall to learn and grow as both advocates for the fatherless and as adoptive & foster parent. Here are some of the excellent conferences available through CAFO member organizations in the upcoming months:   Empowered to Connect September 13-14 (Washington DC) Empowered To Connect, together with […]

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New Duke Study on Well-Being of Orphans Shakes Conventional Wisdom…And Confirms It

A significant new study released this week compares the effects of institutional and family-based care on orphaned children. The results sharply question some current assumptions about what’s best for children while also affirming others. I suspect that many people, myself included, will be digging deeper into the study’s details over the months ahead. But after […]

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CAFO2014 Summit Live Interviews on Family Life Today this week!

The unforgettable Family Life Today interviews recorded at the CAFO2014 Summit will run this week! Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine interview two remarkable individuals highlighting stories of hurt and hope. Tyrone Flowers (August 28) shares about his childhood in foster care, the shooting that left him paralyzed, and how hope can be kindled in what […]

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