The CAFO Blog

Ferrets and Foster Care Advocates:  What Shall We Call Them?

My daughter came to me recently and mentioned that someday she’d like to own a business.  Upon further discussion, I realized that we were not actually talking about her entrepreneurial aspirations.  She is an animal lover and she had discovered that a group of ferrets is called a “business”. While I’m pretty sure that owning […]


Negative Space and Foster Care: How Pain Becomes Purpose

When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by those pictures that looked like one thing until you realized that the negative space around the object actually formed something completely different.   There is the vase that upon closer inspection could be two faces . . . or the young woman that magically transforms into […]


When Folks Don’t Have the Stomach for Foster Care

Warning:  This blog post is a little gross.  If you have a delicate gag reflex, proceed with caution. If you’ve ever considered yourself part of the Christian community as a college student, there’s a good chance you have participated in, or at least witnessed, a crazy or uncomfortable skit as a part of a ministry […]


27-Letter Words and Making Big Problems Smaller

When I was a kid I had a fascination with big words.   In order to find the biggest words, you sometimes have to look in strange places.  I eventually discovered that the shampoo bottle was a great source of big words. In fact, most shampoo brands had an ingredient that was particularly noteworthy:  methylchloroisothiazolinone which, […]


My Life Will Be Different: Hope’s Place in Foster Care

The beginning of a new year inherently brings with it a sense of hope.  Hope for better habits, hope for new opportunities and the hope that is always woven into any kind of new beginning.  At its core, hope is the feeling that what we want can, in fact, come to pass. Chardonnay Rosa describes […]