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Looking Ahead to the CAFO2020 Summit with Coronavirus in View

From global leaders to ordinary citizens, the world is grappling with how best to carry out a wise and well-calibrated response to COVID-19, aka coronavirus.  Like others, CAFO is closely tracking medical experts, public officials and global projections as we analyze how to approach the CAFO2020 Summit in Dallas, May 6-8. Both expert opinion and […]


New Tool Helps Global Child-Serving Organizations Improve Programs

A new tech-based tool will help OVC-serving organizations assess and then strengthen the quality and results of their programs worldwide.  The “Core Elements Self-Assessment” enables organizations to identify and analyze strengths and areas for growth within their programs, then access recommended tools and guidance to enhance both.   The field of care for vulnerable children – […]


A Glimpse of Orphan Shabbat in Israel

Editor’s note: We are incredibly grateful to Orphan Sunday’s founder, Gary Schneider, and humanitarian photographer Ronnie Mosley for traveling to Israel on behalf of Orphan Sunday 2019, and for providing this guest post. From the blog: Capturing Grace by Ronnie Mosley Orphan Shabbat Today is Saturday November the 9th and I am so excited to […]


6 Take-Aways from Bethany Christian Services’ Decision to Cease International Adoptions

After four decades helping children find families through inter-country adoption, Bethany Christian Services has announced it will stop providing this service in 2021. Major constrictions on international adoption by countries like Russia, Ethiopia and China – along with increased costs of US regulations and a range of other factors – have caused inter-country adoptions to […]


Gandalf Speaks to the CAFO2020 Theme: Video Clip

In a poignant moment of the movie, The Hobbit, the elf queen Galadriel asks Gandalf why he chose such a small and thoroughly unimpressive creature as Bilbo Baggins to play a central role in the great quest to vanquish a dragon and reclaim the kingdom under the mountain. “Why the halfling?” she questions. Gandalf’s answer […]


Announcing … The CAFO’s 2020 Theme!

Years ago, I struggled mightily as I neared the end of college, grappling with what I imagined to be the great crossroads of my life. My parents embodied one potential route.  It was rooted, local, steady.  They’d raised my three brothers and me in the same community where Dad grew up.  He taught at the […]