The CAFO Blog


Focus on the Family Offers Scholarships to Counselors for TBRI Training

As we’ve often discussed on this blog, growing support for adoptive and foster families—both professional and church-based—is vital.  Alongside their new Help Line, Focus on the Family is putting significant effort into a key aspect of this need:  equipping licensed counselors to address the unique challenges faced within families that foster or adopt children from […]

Illinois Cuts Christian Foster Agencies’ Freedom to Make Placement Decisions

Mirroring scenarios being played out in multiple states, the application of a new Illinois law denies Christian foster agencies the right to make child placement decisions as they have in the past.  Previously, Christian agencies that desired to place children only with married couples were free to refer unmarried or gay couples to other agencies.  […]

Heritage Foundation on Churches & Foster Care

Washington, D.C.’s top conservative think tank today highlighted the positive impact church communities are having for kids in the U.S. foster system.  The headline of the Heritage Foundation’s weekly newsletter declared, “Churches Are Helping More Foster Children Find Families.” Building on a Heritage Foundation report highlighted previously on this blog, the article reads: A few […]

Summit VII Recap: Torchbearers

Being with people whose hearts are lit up for Christ and the fatherless is amazing.  They glow with warmth and light.  So being with 1,500+ such people from 46 states and 7 countries in 1 place for 2+ intense days…well, it’s breathtaking. That was Summit VII. What’s most thrilling is to know that each individual […]

Louisville Courier-Journal on Summit and “Adoption 2.0”

The Louisville Courier-Journal carried an insightful article highlighting not only Summit VII, but the broadening of Christians’ approaches to caring for orphans.   The article, Adoption 2.0, is certainly worth the read. As I shared with author Peter Smith at Summit, what once was a movement focused heavily on inter-country adoption has both broadened and deepened.  […]

Reclaiming Adoption: winners

by Noel Piper ( I asked Dan Cruver of Together for Adoption to share some thoughts with my blog readers this morning. Dan is the editor and one of the authors of Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living through the Rediscovery of Abba Father. __________ What Orphans Need by Dan Cruver When Jesus was about to go public with the […]