The CAFO Blog

Of Hollywood, Orphans, and Us

New op-ed in National Review… “One of history’s most cherished orphan stories is that of Esther, the brave adopted girl who became queen of Persia and rescued the Jewish people from annihilation. This summer, moviegoers may have that image displaced by another orphan of the same name — this one appearing as a psychotic child […]


Signs of Success in Florida

The State of Florida last week reported the highest number of adoptions through its public adoption system in state history:  a total of 3,776 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009.   This achievement played a key role in a second remarkable outcome: a 32 percent decrease since 2007 in the number of children in foster […]


Orphans: The Numbers – Part II

Having good data on the number of orphans worldwide is valuable.  It gives us at least a small glimpse of the sheer vastness of the need.  And for decision-makers in government or nonprofits, having quality information on how many orphans there are and where they live can play an important role in shaping policy and […]


Global Orphans: The Numbers

There’s a broad range of seemingly contradictory numbers floating around the Internet regarding the estimated number of orphans in the world.  So we figured it’d be best to go source.  The following clarification comes thanks to help from a gracious friend of a friend at the U.N. The official 2008 estimate from UNICEF (based on […]


Orphans Deserve Better

The movie Orphan opens today.  On one hand, it is just a movie, perhaps no worse than many of the thousands ginned up each year to sell theater seats and DVDS.   At the same time, it is important to recognize how powerful film can be in stirring emotions and shaping the way we interpret the […]


Welcome to the Orphans’ Matchbox!

Welcome to Orphans’ Matchbox, the blog of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.  We offer it as not much more than a few loaves and a couple dried fish.  But God has a way of multiplying such things. The truth is, from San Francisco to Chattanooga to Boston and countless little towns and cities in the […]