The CAFO Blog

Haiti Orphan Response and Immediate Supply Chain Needs

Response following a major disaster goes through several stages.  The first 24-72 hours are vital for rescuing individuals buried in rubble and delivering triaged medical aid to the wounded.  Delivery of basic necessities, particularly emergency food and water rations, are also vital to sustain survivors.  Even as this stage continues, other serious needs come to […]

Christianity Today on the Politicizing of Adoption

The current Christianity Today carries an important article on the tragic growing politicization of adoption, particularly as a result of attempts by activists from the GLBT community to use laws and regulations to pressure faith-based adoption agencies to place children with gay and lesbian couples.   What previously was presented by activists as an effort to […]

Alliance Highlighted on Heritage Foundation Site

The Christian Alliance for Orphans has been chosen as the current featured ministry on the Heritage Foundation’s “Seek Social Justice” website. This remarkable site offers a deeply thoughtful exploration of why the pursuit of justice for the weak and destitute matters for a society. It explores why large government “solutions” are often of limited impact […]

Playing for a Larger Vision: Gary Schneider

As much as we’d all hope otherwise, even ministries with the best of objectives all too often get sucked into the same empire building, intramural competitiveness, and turf wars as other organizations.  So it’s a refreshing breeze when a Christian nonprofit makes decisions that only make sense if their leaders are playing for a vision […]

New Estimates for Global Orphan Numbers

Our friend Dr. Susan Hillis of the CDC is one of the world’s top researchers on the relationship between HIV/AIDS and a host of issues facing orphans.  (Incidentally, she’ll be presenting at Summit VI on this topic in April.)  Yesterday, Dr. Hillis shared with us the just-released U.S. government assessment on orphans and vulnerability children, […]

International Adoption Numbers Drop Steeply

The U.S. State Department today released its official numbers for international adoptions in the 2009 fiscal year (Oct 2008 to Sept 2009.)  They show a steep 27 percent drop—only 12,753 international adoptions, down from 17,438 in 2008.  This number is more than 40 percent lower than the all-time peak of 22,884 in 2004. A host […]