The CAFO Blog

First Rate Short Videos on Every Facet of Foster Care: Dr. Deb Shropshire and More!

The CAFO National Foster Care Initiative Symposium last summer at lifechurch.tv was a very significant time for those present and watching online. More than 40 innovators and experts — many of them the people I most respect in faith-motivated foster care spoke — gave short-but-powerful talks on everything from attachment to mentoring to church-state partnerships. […]


You Are Not Alone

My friends Andrew and Michel Schneidler and the first-rate team behind the Pacific Northwest’s “Refresh” Conference put together a great little video that I know will touch a chord for many adoptive and foster parents. It’s simple, but – with a touch of humor – helps dispel one of the deepest fears dogging many parents: […]


The Story Behind the Dropbox

***NOTE:  Many theaters are adding a special “encore” showing of The Dropbox on Monday, March 16.  You can search for local theaters and buy tickets HERE.*** You’ve probably already heard about the film, The Dropbox, which opens March 3 in theaters across the U.S. It intertwines heartache and beauty, as does any true story of […]


ETC Simulcast: A Gift to the Movement

When it comes to preparing families for adoption or foster care – and helping parents and other caregivers embrace children from hard places with wisdom and love – Empowered to Connect offers unparalleled training and resources. Much ETC and related training will be available in-person at CAFO2015. But many who need this vitally-important information can’t […]


Keeping Marriage Strong in the Adoption or Foster Journey

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. But anyone who’s walked a difficult adoption or foster care journey will tell you: one of the first places the strain is felt is in your marriage.  That’s certainly been true for Rachel and me.  I know it is the case also for many others serving wounded children in […]