The CAFO Blog


Weaving Foster Care into Our Field of Vision in Simple Ways: The Lost Medallion

The reality of children growing up in foster care often remains invisible.   Sometimes, those of us who didn’t grow up “in the system” simply can’t see these precious kids and their unique hurts and burdens. A big part of that is because the system itself is often invisible to us.  For most Americans, the reality […]

Slow, Hard Growth…Just as God Intended: Church Orphan Ministry in West Michigan

Jodi Lewis helps lead the orphan ministry at Kentwood Community Church in Grand Rapids, MI.  We’ve been friends for years, and I recall hearing weariness in her voice at times.  But she recently expressed a sense of wonder at all that has happened, seeming suddenly, after years of slow growth.  The journey has been hard […]

Wait No More 2013

As a number of recent news articles have noted, the Christian orphan care movement increasingly includes a robust emphasis on kids in foster care.  (See, for example, Fostering a Family).  This is beautiful.  It’s common to observe one church—and often a single family—that is simultaneously supporting orphan care in Africa, adopting from China and fostering […]

Help for Families Caught in Adoption Agency Shutdowns

Over the past month, several adoption agencies have suddenly closed. Families that were adopting through these agencies now face major uncertainty. None of the adoption agencies that closed were members of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). But a number of concerned CAFO members have come together to help provide information and resources for families […]

George Dennehy Video…and SUMMIT IX!

If you haven’t yet seen the video of the Dennehy family, it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss.  (We’re also thrilled that George will be performing live at Summit IX!) Their story makes vividly apparent that, despite the great challenges children with special needs and their families often must carry, the gifts they bear […]

Special STUCK Movie Trailer and Upcoming National Tour

The number of children brought into U.S. families through international adoption has been cut severely in recent years.  It’s fallen more than 60%—from nearly 23,000 in 2004 to 8,668 in 2012. The creators of the new movie STUCK want to flip that trend upside-down. Of course, the debates over international adoption are complex—just as they […]