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Why #9 Matters So Much to This College Football Player

In a year of unexpected things, this has to be one of my very favorite: a 2-minute football story that somehow makes you both laugh and cry at the same moment. Kari Stewart helps lead the vibrant foster and adoption ministry at Timberline Church in Colorado.  I had the privilege of spending time with Kari […]


Many Lights Shown Brightly

In a year that often felt heavy with darkness, glimpses of light shone all the more brightly. That was certainly the case with Orphan Sunday and Stand Sunday 2020, all across America and around the world. The theme this year could not have been more apt:  Be the Light.  Despite the challenges of the pandemic, […]


Normal, Regular, Everyday People

Foster care activity isn’t bad.  In fact, foster care activity is what has protected children, reunified families, and created new families for decades.  Foster care activity includes all the functions of professional agencies and other organizations that seek the well-being of children and families. So, foster care activity isn’t bad — it just isn’t enough.  […]


Guidelines and Resources for Healthy Sponsorship Programs

You’ve seen the images hanging on the wall in your church sanctuary, smiling out from social media squares, or attached with a brightly-colored magnet to your friend’s refrigerator:  the precious faces of children from around the world receiving support through a child sponsorship program. Perhaps your own heart was pricked by their sweet faces, and […]


Where Broken Roads Can Lead

Bishop Aaron Blake, a bi-vocational pastor and high school guidance counselor, arrived in family court for the first time regarding the case of one of his teenage foster sons.  He recalls, “One of my boy’s rights were being terminated – I didn’t know what that meant.”   He sat there through the morning waiting for the […]


Child Welfare in the Midst of the Pandemic

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a web-based event for DC policymakers and leaders nationwide, Child Welfare in the Midst of the Pandemic.  The event offered a serious look at the impact of COVID response on children and child welfare systems across the country.  Presenters spotlighted a range of critical issues, from the projected spikes […]