The CAFO Blog


Detained Orphans and Alternatives to Adoption

It’s a relief to hear that the group of six Haitian orphans stopped this week while leaving for their adoptive families in the U.S. will be in their new homes soon.  One line from today’s AP story on the matter particularly struck me: “Police briefly detained the women [who’d been accompanying the children] and the […]

Deeper Analysis: All 33 Children Transported by Arrested Baptists Had Family

The AP this weekend reported that all 33 of the children being transported out of Haiti by the arrested American group had living relatives.  This finding is being used, appropriately, to broadcast one very important point:  the importance of family reunification efforts.  Most children classified as “unaccompanied minors” following a natural disaster do have living […]

How to Share What They’re Seeing on the Ground in Haiti

These words from an email sent me by a friend in Port-au-Prince highlight the struggle of those seeing the tragedy in Haiti firsthand, grappling with how to share what they are seeing with friends without appearing sensationalistic: I am struggling to find a balance to educate people.  Some things seem too awful to put in […]

Ongoing Posts from the HORT Team

If you aren’t already, I’d strongly encourage you to read the updates and snapshots of life on the ground in Haiti coming from the HORT Team.  As one team member emailed me yesterday, “Without exaggeration, I would have to say it is at least 20 times worse here than what you see on CNN.” Here […]

Dr. Karyn Purvis and Empowered to Connect

Dr. Karyn Purvis  is one of the nation’s foremost experts helping adoptive parents to connect fully with their children.  Dr. Purvis will be leading several highly-sought after workshops at Summit VI in Minneapolis, with topics that range from addressing the trauma orphans have faced to helping adopted children connect and share fully with their new […]

The Families for Orphans Act

The Families for Orphans Act is currently before key committees in the U.S. House and Senate.  This bill would create a special office in the U.S. State Department charged with making sure that U.S. foreign aid policies and funds consistently emphasize the goal of ensuring children grow up in families.  The office would promote initiatives […]