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The Lies We Believe about TV Dinners and Foster Care

One night when my parents were gone, my older brother was watching me. I was just about to eat a TV dinner that included spaghetti when I learned some life-altering information. My brother casually mentioned that the TV dinner people made the spaghetti from worms. As you might imagine this intel came as quite a […]

Justice and the Inner Life

“I’m just not sure I can keep going,” he said. He and his wife had moved to Africa to serve in their mid-20s, eyes bright. But after nearly a decade of high highs and low lows, the disappointments seemed to dwarf the progress. “I feel like I’m done.” I’ve heard similar words from adoptive moms […]

What “Dad Jokes” and Humility in Foster Care Have in Common

My middle school daughter asked me at breakfast, “Why didn’t the skeleton go to prom?” “Mmm . . . don’t know.” “He had noBODY to go with” She continued, “What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?” “uhh . . . don’t know.” “Frostbite” She then asked if I knew where […]

Adoption: The Latest Numbers

The National Council for Adoption (NCFA) has released their 2017 Adoption: By the Numbers report. You can read the report HERE. Overall, the numbers suggest a continued conflict between the willingness of many families to adopt children and several factors that constrict the number of children who can be adopted. Within the US, adoption continues […]

Illustrating This Children’s Book was Personal to Some

Farmer Herman and the Flooding Barn is new children’s book about 344 people working together to solve a big problem and is illustrated by 344 different people who are counting on the power of unity to bring hope to over 400,000 kids in foster care. This is the 6th in a series of posts about […]

Christian Giving for Orphans Keeps Rising: The Power of Together

Talk of “working together” are buzzwords, often said and rarely done. But when it is done well, there’s little more compelling…or impactful. I recall how struck I was when I first learned about the Christian Alliance for Orphans. I was serving in the White House, and some of CAFO’s volunteers leaders asked if I’d be […]