The Story Behind the Dropbox

You’ve probably already heard about the film, The Dropbox, which opens March 3 in theaters across the U.S. It intertwines heartache and beauty, as does any true story of defenseless children and those who welcome them in. But there’s also a back-story to The Dropbox that reveals another powerful truth: loving orphans shows the world […]

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The NOBLE Awards! 30 Seconds to Honor a Noble Woman in Your Life (and Win a Trip to Ireland)

Is there a single person who has made a difference in our world – whether on their own street or in the affairs of nations – whose own life wasn’t first nourished by a noble woman? For me, there’ve been many. My mother first of all; her consistent, tender care was the first wellspring of […]

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ETC Simulcast: A Gift to the Movement

When it comes to preparing families for adoption or foster care – and helping parents and other caregivers embrace children from hard places with wisdom and love – Empowered to Connect offers unparalleled training and resources. Much ETC and related training will be available in-person at CAFO2015. But many who need this vitally-important information can’t […]

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Keeping Marriage Strong in the Adoption or Foster Journey

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. But anyone who’s walked a difficult adoption or foster care journey will tell you: one of the first places the strain is felt is in your marriage.  That’s certainly been true for Rachel and me.  I know it is the case also for many others serving wounded children in […]

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Something is Stirring in Canada

A couple weeks ago I had a good conversation with a Canadian passionate to see churches across his country catch a vision for foster care, adoption and orphan care. “There’s so much enthusiasm and engagement in the U.S. But it is much less common north of the border,” he lamented. He’s not the first to […]

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The Loss of a Precious Child

There is no ache deeper than the loss of a child. Rachel and I felt that pain in one miscarriage and also in the death of Ayana Rachel, the little girl who died unexpectedly of pneumonia shortly before we were to bring her home as our adopted daughter. I can only image how much deeper […]

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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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