Hunger Crunch, the Game

Early in my days in government and politics, a wise mentor said, “Culture is upstream from politics.” What that means is this: movies, music, books, schools and the like ultimately shape our laws far more than vice-versa. I’ve seen that to be deeply true, from the California Statehouse to the White House. Yes, good laws […]

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Race and Adoption in America: Glimmers of Hope Amidst Dark Times

Even as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week, it’s hard not to feel a shadow over the land. For many whites, it is the wrecked illusion of a post-racial America. For people of color, it is the numerous recent reminders of how elusive Dr. King’s dream remains. But even […]

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Signs of a Robust Movement: KNOW More Orphans Conference and More

Reading the early history of the Abolition Movement, one can’t help noticing all the gatherings: conferences and congresses and confabs of every kind. All those suits and petticoats may seem a little stuffy now.  But the in-person events played a central role in the growing movement – forging links and alliances, refining shared vision and […]

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Human Trafficking Awareness Month: What’s More Powerful than a Loaded .357?

When I first learned that human trafficking is a modern-day reality, it pierced my heart. I heard about a girl forced into sex many times a day. I heard about a boy chipping bricks for ten hours a day without compensation. I know so many others have felt the same: the ugly truth first disturbed […]

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Beauty in Botswana

There’s nothing better than gazing straight into eyes sparked by love – whether love they’ve just received or love they are now passing forward. But a close second to that joy is to hear the stories of such love. And that’s the great pleasure that all of us who help encourage and strengthen a vision […]

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2014 Highlights Video

Like most any job, serving with CAFO can carry a blend of the exhilarating and exhausting…compelling tasks alongside times that feel like a slog. But there are many moments when I truly can’t imagine a greater privilege than getting to be part of CAFO’s work and the amazing community of people that serve together – […]

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Orphan Sunday Reaches Every Corner of the U.S.

Guest Post from CAFO International Orphan Sunday Director Jodi Jackson Tucker When CAFO first promoted Orphan Sunday in 2009, we could never have imagined how it would find its way into remote corners of our nation in such meaningful and impactful ways. One of the expressions of that came through a report from our coordinator […]

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DJ Jordan on the African American Community and Foster Care

My good friend DJ Jordan was interviewed recently for the BCS Podcast on the special challenges and opportunities at the intersection of foster care and the African-American community. As DJ discusses with podcast host and BCS President Bill Blacquiere, the percentage of children in foster care who are African American is much higher than their […]

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The New CAFO Academy

The CAFO team is excited to announce the new CAFO Academy, a partnership between CAFO, the Christian Leadership Alliance, Azusa Pacific University and ECFA. The CAFO Academy is designed to help international orphan care leaders take their leadership and management skills to the next level of God-honoring excellence. The Academy is open to the local […]

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What Happened on Orphan Sunday

Over the past several weeks, reports of Orphan Sunday around the globe arrived almost nonstop.  Again and again I’ve found myself marveling at it all.  Just a handful of years ago, Orphan Sunday was just a simple idea virtually unknown beyond its birthplace in Zambia.  But every year since 2009 it has grown.  This year, […]

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