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COVID’s Impact on Children: More than One Million Orphaned

Several new reports highlight what those laboring in the field of child welfare have experienced since the beginning of the pandemic:  although COVID-19 has a very limited direct impact upon children, COVID’s indirect impact upon children has been immense. A study in July’s volume of the Lancet estimates that 1.1 million children have been orphaned by COVID – losing […]


New CAFO Research Findings: Adverse Childhood Experiences Appear to Drive Up Kids’ Media Use

New findings from the CAFO Center on Applied Research indicate that children who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) may be more likely to overuse screens.   While ACEs and other history of what’s often referred to broadly as “trauma” are very serious matters, however, they are not destiny.   Rather, the special challenges associated with […]


A Story from Paraguay: Celebrating Motherhood and Family Like Never Before

The best stories aren’t tidy.  They often carry as much ache as joy.  But they remind that, by God’s grace, new life can rise from wreckage, like flowers springing from earth scorched by fire. I heard one such story last week from a dear friend, Anja Goertzen.  She’s been laboring for years in home country […]


Highs and Lows of a World Changer – The Founder of World Vision, Bob Pierce

Do you want to change the world? Especially in my teens and twenties, there was nothing I wanted more:  to dare great things and do great things — for good, for God. To make an impact. Transform lives. Like William Wallace in Braveheart. Like Queen Esther or William Wilberforce or Jim Elliot. I wanted to […]


Gifts from a Man Who Grew Up in Foster Care

At a CAFO Summit a decade ago, an energetic guy in his 30s jumped up when the emcee asked for help tossing t-shirts to the cheering crowd. He was a blend of Olympian and celebrity as he ran up and down the aisles, heaving t-shirts up even to the balcony to laughter and cheers. I […]