The CAFO Blog

Mirrors and Light

I’m working in a coffee shop this morning. The chair is hard, but the earthy aroma and a friendly hum of conversations and quiet jazz make it a great alternative to the office some days. A lady named Irene just stopped by the table to say hello. We’re friends from church. She held a bright-faced […]


How to Help People in Your Church Find Their Fit in Foster Care

I started playing the trumpet in the 5th grade. I probably started playing for some of the same reasons any 5th grade boy would choose the trumpet: It is louder than the other instruments. Playing the trumpet provided an outlet for engaging in sanctioned obnoxiousness. We as trumpet players always took special pride in knowing […]


Sorrow and Silver Linings in New Data on Inter-Country Adoption Numbers

The U.S. State Department this week released new numbers showing that inter-country adoptions to the U.S. in 2015 hit their lowest levels in 25 years. An AP article written yesterday covers the story, briefly noting some of the causes and consequences. There’s heartbreak in these numbers for many children and families, as well as many […]


Dandelions and Other Beautiful Interruptions

I once heard a speaker whose goal with his lawn was to collect as many different kinds of weeds as possible. In fact, he knew the names of all of the varieties in his yard. He was very excited about the whole thing (I did wonder how his neighbors felt).   Some people collect baseball cards. […]


Protecting Children in Media

There I was, mouth hanging awkwardly open, on the Facebook page of a person I’d only met a time or two. I know most pictures are considered public domain these days, and it wasn’t a big deal. But still, I couldn’t help feeling a bit like a fresh ham plopped without consent in the butcher […]


Setting Realistic Expectations in Foster Care

One of our daughters broke her arm this week going down a slide (or rather falling off a slide). She is 11-years-old and is the thrill-seeker in the family.  Shortly after her first birthday, she’d found a way to climb up on the kitchen counters (to feast on the leftovers of a large sheet cake).  […]