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 upend 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 a […]

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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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National Foster Care Initiative Symposium

The NFCI Symposium this week was nothing short of amazing – one of the most encouraging and purposeful events I’ve attended in years. It was a vivid experience in itself and, best of all, it will ultimately provide an arsenal of advocacy and training video resources. Hosted at Lifechurch.tv in Oklahoma City, the Symposium captured […]

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Point of View Radio Interview

Hear yesterday’s Point of View radio interview with Barna Group President Dave Kinnaman and CAFO’s Jedd Medefind.  In the first portion of the show, host Kirby Anderson discusses the new Barna Frames books series with Kinnaman.  The second half digs into the book Becoming Home with Medefind and Kinnaman interviewed together. Audio is accessible via […]

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Ernie Johnson – Sports Announcer Superstar and Adoptive Dad

The Louisville Courier-Journal carried a great story yesterday on sports announcer Ernie Johnson.   It reveals that Ernie isn’t just one of the most recognized voices in sports today, he’s also committed follower of Christ and adoptive dad. Along with two biological children, the family of Ernie and Cheryl Johnson now includes a boy who came […]

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Great Article of the Orphan Care Movement in Washington State

The Pacific Northwest region is considered the least churched part of the country. But Christian orphan care, adoption and foster care are growing vibrantly, from the wet cities of Seattle and Portland to the high desert to the east. The Spokane Coeur D’ Alene Living Magazine recently spotlighted the movement growing across eastern Washington. It’s […]

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A Foster Care Failure

I had the privilege of speaking this week at a family camp. After one of the talks, an elderly couple approached me and asked if I had a moment for a story. The tale they shared began some three decades before. It was an account that made my heart hurt – a painful failed attempt […]

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Longing for Family

Family. It’s important to God. Family shows up throughout scripture. The story of creation ends with the foundation of a family, with Adam and Eve coming together to bear and raise children. Noah spent years building an ark to save his family. The census of Israel was recorded in Numbers by having the Israelites camp […]

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The Whole is Greater — From the Christian Leadership Alliance

The Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA) blog this month carries an article on how well-coordinated partnership can multiply impact. I see this daily. As the organizations and churches that have become part of CAFO join together, the result goes far beyond what any organization could achieve alone.  This shared, synchronized effort has helped grow and guide […]

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One of Those Amazing Things You Never Could Have Planned

The most magical moments are those you never could have planned. At CAFO2014, that came with a remarkable young woman named Zhenya. Early this year, CAFO held its t-shirt design contest. The winning design was submitted by 20-year old Zhenya Reynolds. When we wrote to congratulate her, we learned Zhenya isn’t only a talented designer […]

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