Five Big Things that Change When a Church Embraces Orphans and Foster Youth

The Willow Creek Association Blog today carries a post on what changes when a church starts to engage for orphans and foster youth.  Here’s how it starts: Flood.  Ice.  Fire.  They can alter a landscape profoundly.   That kind of change happens, too, when a church community begins to mirror God’s love for orphans. Adoption.  Foster […]

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If We Care about Human Trafficking, We Must Care for Orphans and Foster Youth

Children growing up without families are the most vulnerable beings on our planet.  They face greatly elevated risk of virtually every evil known to man, from disease to starvation.  This is especially true in regard to human trafficking.  Without the protection of a family, a child becomes an ideal target for exploitation. As highlighted in […]

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Empowering Leaders in Africa

This summer, CAFO is partnering with emerging orphan care movements in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa to help equip and serve alongside local leaders in Africa as they grow orphan care movements in their countries. Leadership Forums in each of these locations will serve as a gathering point for key influencers from the region, providing […]

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CT: Court in Qatar Rules on Christian Couple Imprisoned for Adopted Daughter’s Death

Christianity Today carries the latest update in the tragic story of a U.S. Christian couple living in Qatar who were accused of killing their adopted daughter to harvest her organs. The court in Qatar ruled this week – neither freeing the couple nor siding with the claims of the prosecution that charged the couple with […]

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Innocents Lost: Miami Herald Expose on Tragedies in the Foster System

Last week, we highlighted a controversial TED Talk urging the end of foster care.   The video and blog post stirred strong feelings among many.  Some resonated deeply with Molly McGrath Tierny’s condemnation of the foster system and emphasis on family preservation.  Others felt her proposed solutions would create a surge in children exposed to abuse […]

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Join CAFO and Get Free Copy of Becoming Home!

If you’ve been thinking about getting the new short book, Becoming Home, here’s your chance to get a free copy.  Anyone joining as an individual member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans through March 31 will receive a free copy of Becoming Home! Individual membership in CAFO carries some special benefits, including significant discounts for […]

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Foster Care Fridays: Every Voice. Every Week.

  “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.” This quote seems appropriate as we emerge from this particular winter.  Atlanta and other warm-weather cities have seen just how powerful a large band of renegade snowflakes can be. Today, the CAFO National Foster […]

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Southern Africa Orphan Summit coming soon!

This summer, hundreds of African pastors, orphan care ministry leaders and orphan advocates from across the continent will join together for the first Southern Africa Orphan Summit, to be held June 4-5 in Pretoria, South Africa. The Lord has been inspiring champions in dozens of countries in Africa towards collaboration and strategic planning as churches […]

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TED Talk Urges End of Foster Care

A provocative new TED Talk calls for an end to foster care as we know it.  Molly McGrath Tierny argues, “It’s not that government is doing it badly.  It’s that foster care is a bad idea.” Tierny’s argument is powerful, especially coming from someone with her resume.  Her leadership in the Maryland foster system helped […]

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ReMoved: Deeply Moving Short Video

A film this powerful is best with little comment.  Suffice to say that in 12 short minutes it breaks your heart and paints the sky as black as it appears in the eyes of so many children in foster care – yet also allows small points of light to prick through the darkness. ReMoved won […]

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