The CAFO Blog

The Behavior You See and What Lies Beneath

When my wife and I bought our first house nearly 20 years ago we faced the dilemma that so many first-time homeowners face. The house we could afford needed a LOT of work.  Our first home was nearly 100-years-old when we bought it.  Every time I looked into hiring someone to do a project I […]


An All-Too-Rare Example of Contention Moving Toward Consensus

The current Christianity Today spotlights the ongoing shift in orphan care today – from orphanage-centered programs toward solutions that enable care within families. The title reads, “Why Christians are Abandoning the Orphanage.” As with so many debates today, this topic can quickly devolve into animosity among warring camps. On the one hand, it’s not entirely […]


Clowns, Catalogues, Cassettes and Speaking Up for Kids in Foster Care

We recently showed our kids a video of the amazing performance of a 12-year-old ventriloquist (her name is Darci Lynne if you haven’t seen it).  This got our kids asking questions about ventriloquism and got me talking about about a ventriloquist puppet I got one year as a Christmas present.   I remember the annual tradition […]


Rock Stars and Foster Care Advocates

When I was in junior high at the height of the 80s glam rock era, a friend of mine and I decided that we wanted to start a rock band.  We came up with a name.  I worked on a logo.  We went to an army surplus store to begin scouting out cool clothes (and, […]


Lumos Report on Orphanages in Haiti

Lumos – an organization founded by author JK Rowling to advocate against institutional care and for family-based care for children – released an important report today on orphanages in Haiti. The report, titled “Funding Haiti’s Orphanages at the Cost of Children’s Rights,” documents a number of highly significant findings. These include: Immense private giving. International […]


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