The CAFO Blog

Smackdowns, Smack Talk, and Prayer for Kids and Families in Foster Care

Fair warning:  You are about to learn more than you ever wanted to know about something you might not care much about.  But I promise, it will be worth it.   Lucha Libre is Mexican professional wrestling.   It has been around since the early 20th century and is characterized by high-speed action, high flying athletic […]


Changing the Theme Song for Kids in Foster Care

There are millions of cells in your brain dedicated right now to storing the lyrics to theme songs you thought you forgot a long time ago.   Theme songs serve different purposes depending on how they are written. Some are simply a musical background beneath the opening credits. Some have melodies or  lyrics that create a […]


When Foster Care Advocates Invade Someone Else’s Bubble

When one of our daughters (who is now a teenager and has approved this post) was little, she had a tendency to invade people’s personal space.  She had developed some sensory issues and was always seeking sensory input. From dragging her hands across the entire length of the glass case at the supermarket deli to […]


Being Miss Mitchell to Youth in Foster Care

When Crystal Williams was 6-years-old, her baby brother died from SIDS and was discovered in his crib by her two sisters. A short time later, Crystal wrote this poem: It was a day I’ll never forget. It started off like any other. My brother, a beautiful sight, his small,   brown hands that gripped me tight. […]


The Importance of Showing Up at the Field

I grew up in a small farming community in Kansas.  During High School, I worked for my best friend’s dad in their family’s wheat fields during harvest. While I did a few different things for him, my primary job was to drive the wheat truck.  The list of qualifications to drive a wheat truck is […]


Being the Leader is Fun…Until it’s Not

“Follow the Leader” is kind of a mediocre game.  I mean think about it.  Red Rover, Red Rover is SOOOO much better even though it’s been banned from most playgrounds for safety reasons (which, come to think of it is EXACTLY why it is so much better).  Duck, Duck, Goose is also better.  So is […]


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