The CAFO Blog

Making a Difference for Kids and Families Doesn’t Require a Cape

When my father-in-law was little, he loved Superman.  He read the comic books.  He had a cape.  Not only did he look up to Superman. He wanted to be Superman. One day he decided to give it a shot.  He put on the cape and poised himself at the edge of a window in their […]

The Kindest Thing You Can Do for a Potential Foster Parent

A friend of mine recently told me about his daughter’s 5th birthday. Leading up to the birthday party, the one thing she kept asking for was a pinata.  Being good parents who wanted to give good gifts to their daughter, they went out and found the perfect teddy bear pinata. On the big day when […]

Fixing Foster Care and Refrigerators in Unexpected Ways

A couple of years ago, our fridge went out. Meat was thawing, ice was dripping, and worst of all, the leftover ice cream cake in the freezer was in great peril. The very kind repairman showed up that afternoon and, after doing his thing for like three minutes, came back and told me the heater […]

Riding Shotgun and What It Can Teach us About the Foster Parenting Experience

We have twin teenage daughters currently learning how to drive.   Their learning experience is much different from mine.   My childhood was spent in a small Kansas farming community, but our family lives in the suburbs of a major metropolitan area.  The girls are learning to drive on paved streets, while much of my initial driving […]