The CAFO Blog

Shakespeare and Foster Care

When our daughters were freshman, they got their first introduction to Shakespeare through Romeo and Juliet.  Their English teacher requested we purchase a specific version that is part of a series called No Fear Shakespeare. All that means is that on the left-hand side is the original text. On the right is a translation into […]


Unaccompanied Minor Refugees: The Biblical “Orphan” Comes to Us in Many Forms

Understandings of the word “orphan” often differ. Common use points to a child whose parents have both died. A synonym sometimes used in the Bible – “the fatherless” – highlights the death or absence of a father. The current UN definition includes children who’ve lost one parent or both. The idea at the heart of […]


Aging Out: Tragic Numbers…And Real Hope

For youth who “age out” of care, statistics predict a heartbreaking road ahead. Their likehood of experiencing virtually any ill known to humanity is dramatically higher than for their peers who have families. This includes everything from homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration to physical illness and loneliness. Along with a host of other challenges, young adults […]


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 […]


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