The CAFO Blog

A Race Well Run

This week we saw Mary DeBoer VandenBosch, 93, reach the end of her race.  Mary co-founded Bethany Christian Services.   Her life embodies an incredible example of the ripple effect of an ordinary woman responding to the nudging of God to show compassion to a child.  It was 63 years ago when Mary DeBoer and Marguerite […]


Orphans and the Church

By Jim Daly I was an orphan. The world, at least as I knew it, fell apart for me when I was in the fourth-grade.  My mother died of cancer and my stepfather walked out on us only minutes after the funeral.   I know the pain, the loneliness and the despair of life without love.  […]


Vast Need: Unified Response

By Dennis Rainey I’ve been thinking recently of the magnitude of the task before us:  If you define an orphan as one who has lost either mother or father, there are more than one hundred and thirty million orphans in the developing world.  I’ve been trying to grasp what that looks like and what is […]


Empowered to Connect

Virtually every facet of the Christian orphan movement—from foster care and adoption ministries to overseas orphan care—is growing more robust by the day.  In both discussion and ministry-emphasis, however, one vital element can often be overlooked:  the resources, training and support needed by families whose children via adoption, foster care or otherwise have special emotion, […]


Of Hollywood, Orphans, and Us

New op-ed in National Review… “One of history’s most cherished orphan stories is that of Esther, the brave adopted girl who became queen of Persia and rescued the Jewish people from annihilation. This summer, moviegoers may have that image displaced by another orphan of the same name — this one appearing as a psychotic child […]


Signs of Success in Florida

The State of Florida last week reported the highest number of adoptions through its public adoption system in state history:  a total of 3,776 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009.   This achievement played a key role in a second remarkable outcome: a 32 percent decrease since 2007 in the number of children in foster […]