The CAFO Blog

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]