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Short Video of One of the Most Moving Moments of the Year

Without exaggeration, it was one of the most moving and meaningful things I’ve experienced in the past year.  It came in the opening moments of CAFO2019, as participants from across the US and around the world offered glimpses of the brokenness and beauty of their own stories in simple signboards – as a birthmother…an exhausted […]


Wall Street Journal:  Christians Are Pro-Life After Birth, Too

An article in today’s Wall Street Journal claims, “Christians Are Pro-Life After Birth, Too.”  Its subtitle backs up the bold statement this way: “If you want to see for yourself, attend the Christian Alliance for Orphans summit.” Writer Naomi Schaefer Riley, herself Jewish, penned the piece after attending the CAFO2019 Summit last month.  It begins: […]


What was the Heartbeat of CAFO2019? Watch the Keynote

Every talk at CAFO2019 wove together threads of the theme – In Brokenness and Beauty…It is Well.  I treasured each one, coming from so many remarkable people.  We’ll share them all.  Here’s a first – my own contribution to that tapestry.  It explores how pain and joy most always come together, intertwined, whenever we follow […]


Ferrets and Foster Care Advocates:  What Shall We Call Them?

My daughter came to me recently and mentioned that someday she’d like to own a business.  Upon further discussion, I realized that we were not actually talking about her entrepreneurial aspirations.  She is an animal lover and she had discovered that a group of ferrets is called a “business”. While I’m pretty sure that owning […]


Negative Space and Foster Care: How Pain Becomes Purpose

When I was a kid, I was always fascinated by those pictures that looked like one thing until you realized that the negative space around the object actually formed something completely different.   There is the vase that upon closer inspection could be two faces . . . or the young woman that magically transforms into […]