About Us

The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites 190+ respected organizations and over 650 church members.  Our joint initiatives inspire and equip Christians to live out effectively the Bible’s call to care for orphans and vulnerable children. Learn How

CAFO was birthed at a gathering of thirty-eight Christian leaders in 2004. Although serving in diverse fields, they carried a shared sense that God desired to call His people to step up decisively for orphans and foster youth. They pledged to “leave logos and egos at the door” to advance this vision in shared action.

The size and scope of CAFO’s work has grown significantly over the years, but the core mission remains the same. CAFO members join in coordinated initiatives that grow effective adoption, foster care and global orphan care rooted in the local church.  These include the annual CAFO Summit, the Orphan Sunday campaign, the Global Movements Initiative, the National Foster Care Initiative, the Applied Research & Best Practice Initiative, the National Church Ministry Initiative, and an array of other shared undertakings.

Without CAFO, many good ministries would still faithfully serve – yet often in isolation or even competition. Today, we get to see what is achieved when we labor together for a vision larger than any one of us could accomplish alone.

As CAFO helps Christians understand God’s call to care for vulnerable children and equips for effective response, the impact reaches far beyond a single program or met need.  Rather, an ever-growing community of passionate individuals, families, churches and organizations invest time, talent and treasure in a personal and sustained commitment to caring for children in the name of Jesus.


CAFO Membership is an opportunity to join in a vision for God’s glory and the care of orphans that is larger than any one organization or project.  Together, we seek to inspire, interlink and equip God’s people to reflect His heart for the orphan. To a watching world, the Alliance is an all-too-rare picture of the church unified, serving the fatherless in both word and deed, bearing poignant testimony to the character of our God.

CAFO membership includes: organizations, churches and individuals.  Regional/National alliances of churches as well as Businesses may join as affiliates of the Alliance. Together, all Alliance members advance a vision larger than any one of us.  Without the Alliance, most members would work in isolation or even competition.  Instead, the unifying leadership of the Alliance creates shared impact no one organization, church or individual could achieve alone.

MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS are required to embody the highest commitment to financial integrity, good governance and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Members represent the full continuum of response to orphans worldwide—including many of the most admired names in adoption, domestic foster care, global orphan care and advocacy.

MEMBER CHURCHES must hold convictions consistent with the Alliance statement of faith and share a desire to see God’s people equipped to defend the fatherless.  Many of the nation’s strongest church orphan ministries are Alliance members, both receiving and giving mutual support as part of the Alliance community.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS stand committed to the Alliance statement of faith and its mission.  Through their own spheres of influence, as well as through their annual dues, they aid the ongoing work of the Alliance community.

Leveraged Impact

The Alliance does not require a large overhead budget or infrastructure.  Rather, its impact flows from the coordinated efforts of the extensive expertise, infrastructure and networks shared by CAFO member organizations and volunteers.  Contributions to Alliance projects each year are more than tripled by the value of members’ volunteer and in-kind commitments, from office space to graphic design.


CAFO Initiatives

CAFO SUMMIT  has become a global hub of connection, learning and action for what Christianity Today called “the burgeoning orphan care movement.”  The CAFO2017 Summit in Nashville equipped 2,100+ leaders, advocates, pastors and parents, sending them back to every U.S. state and 30+ countries. Over 96% reported they were better equipped and connected to serve children well.  Learn More

GLOBAL NETWORK  connects and equips local churches, NGO’s and advocates in developing nations toward wise and effective care for vulnerable children in their communities.  By offering essential tools and resources to 40+ countries in 2017, the Global Network equips local churches to provide wrap-around support to adoptive/foster families and to effectively and wisely care for vulnerable children.  Learn More

NATIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY INITIATIVE  helps local churches start and grow effective and sustainable foster care, adoption and orphan care ministries.  In 2017, more than 675 churches have been equipped to launch and lead ministries through webinars, resources, workshops and personal coaching sessions.  Learn More

NATIONAL FOSTER CARE INITIATIVE  works to see the church help provide “more than enough” for every child and family in foster care — so every single one can experience God’s love through the hospitality and care of His people.  The NFCI helps create and grow networks of churches engaging foster care together – growing Christian care for children and families until there is “more than enough” in every U.S. state. Learn More

ORPHAN SUNDAY  This vision began in a small church in Zambia, and with CAFO’s stewardship, is now a major catalyst for changing children’s lives across the U.S. and in more than 85 countries worldwide.  In 2017, more than 1100 registered Orphan Sunday events helped spark awareness and action for vulnerable children in local churches around the globe. We operate with a team of 190+ committed volunteers who make this possible.  Learn More

OVC RESEARCH  The Applied Research and Best Practice Initiative helps improve the quality of care for orphans around the globe with more than 15,000 distinct equipping experiences in 2017.  The initiative helps child-serving organizations to integrate current research and best practice models into their programs that aid children and families in more than 100 countries.  Learn More

STUDENT INITIATIVE  helps to prepare young leaders for a lifetime of effective, God-honoring service to orphans.  This initiative is currently piloting the new “OVC Essentials” course. Students and recent graduates can participate in this 10-week online course as they intern with frontline organizations or study in school. This multi-media learning experience guides students through vital foundational topics that prepare them for lifelong service in the field. It features articles, videos, books and podcasts — alongside interaction with both fellow learners and veterans in the field.  Learn More