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NEW: CAFO Study of COVID-19 Impact on Vulnerable Children and the Organizations that Serve Them

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact life across the globe.  As in virtually all crises, the most impacted are often those who are already the most vulnerable, including children at risk.  To learn more about how this unprecedented situation is influencing the lives of vulnerable children and families, the CAFO Center for Applied Research, Samford […]


FREE CAFO Family Devotional Event & Guide – September 10 – Responding to Evil

Our world today often feels out-of-sorts.  Hurting.  Upside-down.  We feel it.  Our kids do, too.  From the constraints of COVID … to the pain of racial conflict … to personal anxiety. It all leaves us asking, “What do God’s people do when we encounter evil and brokenness in our world?” At 7 PM EST on […]


The Gospel Coalition Highlights Unique Struggles of Adoptive Families

The Gospel Coalition this week released a penetrating article spotlighting the sometimes-intense struggles that adoptive families can face, particularly as children who’ve experienced severe neglect or abuse enter adolescence. “As Adoption Ages: How Parents Are Handling Teen Challenges,” by Sarah Zylstra. The article’s title hints at the large number of families that adopted children a […]


Executive Order to Strengthen Child Welfare

Fewer and fewer issues today transcend red versus blue political lines.  Thankfully, the protection and well-being of children still often does. Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order designed to strengthen America’s child welfare system.  Analysts and advocates are sifting through the details, but the objectives of the order and the high-level directives it carries […]


Day 4 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”: ADVENT

It’s easy to imagine we are more virtuous merely because we’ve felt or expressed something – whether conviction or indignation or righteous anger or even guilt.   The Bible never does. “Dear children,” urges John, “let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.” Certainly, whenever we see the ugly consequences […]


Day 3 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”: ASCENT

Life can leave us feeling that there is no hope, that nothing can change.  The Bible never does. Yes, Scripture is brutally honest about evil.  But then, always, it lifts our eyes.  It calls us to ascent.  Like the ancient Hebrews on their yearly pilgrimage, we are invited time and again to a Godward journey.  […]