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Gifts from a Man Who Grew Up in Foster Care

At a CAFO Summit a decade ago, an energetic guy in his 30s jumped up when the emcee asked for help tossing t-shirts to the cheering crowd. He was a blend of Olympian and celebrity as he ran up and down the aisles, heaving t-shirts up even to the balcony to laughter and cheers. I […]


Trent Taylor – A Changed Life Who’s Changing Lives

Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of a growing friendship with a remarkable young man named Trent Taylor.  Trent is just a couple years out of high school, but I can think of few people I respect more, of any age. Trent has tasted the world at its most broken:  severe neglect, […]


Beautiful Reflections from an Adoptee

I found myself truly moved today watching a short video from a young woman adopted as a child from Romania, Chelsea Sobolik. In it, she reflects on her life journey with an honesty and simple beauty that brought tears to my eyes.   So often, when adoption is spoken of, it is with an accent […]


How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Most Vulnerable Children in America?

Since early in the COVID-19 pandemic, child advocates have warned that the isolation, economic impact, and other consequences of lockdowns could hit vulnerable children especially hard. Studies on what has actually played out over the past year are only beginning to come in, but the data thus far appear to confirm that concerns for children […]


Three Reasons to Give Someone Else the Credit

People often associate professional athletes with ego and self-interest. However, one of the things I’ve noticed over the years is how good many of them are at sharing credit with their teammates at press conferences. When an athlete gets asked by a reporter about a spectacular play they made, they will often deflect the praise […]


The CAFO2021 Theme in a Single Word?

In the book, The Great Divorce, CS Lewis’ imaginative portrait of hell contains no horns or pitchforks.  Rather, what gives the netherworld such horror is the utter separation.  Its residents are eternally divided from their Creator and one another.  Unable to bear with others, they move continually further apart.   This fanciful image reveals a fundamental […]