The CAFO Blog

A Moving Short Film: My Friend John

The five-minute film My Friend John gives the firsthand story of two boys, friends on the streets of Kitale, Kenya.   This true tale is all the more powerful for its simplicity. It is understated, yet heavy with both beauty and ache. The film speaks for itself. But I’d like to thank its maker – a […]


Four Key Questions to Help You Help More Kids In Foster Care

I like to think of myself as a generally positive person but I must confess that the annual scavenger hunt for school supplies has always had a tendency to steal my joy. I use the phrase “scavenger hunt” loosely because the truth is that most things listed on a normal scavenger hunt list actually exist. […]


All is Gift: Return from a Two Month Sabbatical

I returned this week from two months of sabbatical. (You can read a bit more on the purpose of this time HERE.) I’ll confess I feared re-entry might carry a massive case of the “Monday morning blues.” But it’s the opposite. My heart is full — of gratitude for what lies behind and enthusiasm for […]


Southern African Leaders Gather for the Fatherless

Sixty leaders from thirteen nations in Southern Africa gathered recently in Pretoria, South Africa. The Southern Africa Leadership Forum, coordinated by Together Africa Without Orphans (TAWO), was designed to motivate participants, churches and NGO’s to work together to promote and support family based care and family preservation around the African continent. Comprised of lawyers, church […]


Three Principles for Church Orphan Care Ministry Leaders to Consider

I recently spent time with a pastor in Kansas City. Just eight months prior he had become the new senior pastor at a large, historic, traditional church. One of the first things he learned as he settled into his new role was that the church had spent years investing in an adoption fund – but had […]


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