Work Ongoing in Nepal Despite Fading Media Attention

The world’s attention to tragedy is often sharp but brief. We’re already seeing oft’ repeated pattern in Nepal: a flood of media stories and global philanthropy follow catastrophe for a few weeks…drying to a trickle long before the immense needs have been resolved. Thankfully, many ministries have a longer view. Even as Nepal’s earthquake fades […]

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New 90-Second Video Released: National HELP Week for Child Welfare Professionals

From the State Legislature to Federal Agencies to the White House, I often saw the same thing:  dedicated men and women who’d gone in to public service with high hopes of doing great good…now weary and discouraged.  They’d started years before with bright eyes, wanting most of all to “make a difference” — from child […]

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Stone Soup and CAFO2015 Champions

Like everything CAFO does, the CAFO2015 Summit is a lot like the great old children’s story, Stone Soup. In the story, three weary soldiers arrive in a village, seeking food. At first, it appears the villagers have nothing. But when the soldiers place a giant pot in the town square and begin talking up how […]

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Lizzy: The Value of a Life

Amidst myriad CAFO2015 Summit details, I can’t help but pause to share a glimpse into what happened last night in Guatemala. A precious little girl died. And yet all that surrounded that death also held such beauty that joy and ache came together – as they so often do when one enters the territory of […]

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“Adoption Doesn’t Fix Kids”

Christianity Today online this week carries a heartfelt and insightful article from Kelly Rosati – a VP at Focus on the Family, adoptive mom, and also a good friend: Adoption Doesn’t Fix Kids. Rosati isn’t saying there aren’t countless children and adults whose lives and hearts haven’t been profoundly changed by the love of adoptive […]

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Short Video Message from Audio Adrenaline

I’m excited — not just for CAFO, but for myself, too — at the bands that are going to be part of Summit this year.  That includes two of the all-time Christian greats:  Audio Adrenaline and Jars of Clay.  We’ll be singing together songs from Kings and Queens to Love Song for a Savior.   This is about […]

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Orphans and Development: Broad Perspective and Narrow Focus

A recent blog post by the insightful researcher Dr. Bruce Wydick collates and digests some of the best recent research on effective development, ranging from economic opportunity to effective government. I’d highly recommend the collection of papers to orphan care practitioners, advocates and all who care about vulnerable children.  See 12 New Papers for Development […]

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One Compelling Glimpse of the Foster Care Journey

Across the US, Christians are welcoming children into their hearts and homes from the foster system.  Most of the time, these stories aren’t told beyond immediate friends and family.  They labor and love, rejoice and struggle with little attention.  But here’s one glimpse of such a journey, the Worleys of Colorado. The short video was […]

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What Made The Dropbox’s Pastor Lee What He Is Today?

I’ve talked with a great many people who saw The Dropbox in theaters last week. Without exception, they were deeply moved. Long after the credits rolled, they continue to process it all: the ache of abandoned children, the depth of need, the beauty seen when Christians respond like Pastor Lee and his wife. And perhaps […]

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First Rate Short Videos on Every Facet of Foster Care: Dr. Deb Shropshire and More!

The CAFO National Foster Care Initiative Symposium last summer at lifechurch.tv was a very significant time for those present and watching online. More than 40 innovators and experts — many of them the people I most respect in faith-motivated foster care spoke — gave short-but-powerful talks on everything from attachment to mentoring to church-state partnerships. […]

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