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ETC Simulcast: A Gift to the Movement

When it comes to preparing families for adoption or foster care – and helping parents and other caregivers embrace children from hard places with wisdom and love – Empowered to Connect offers unparalleled training and resources. Much ETC and related training will be available in-person at CAFO2015. But many who need this vitally-important information can’t […]


Keeping Marriage Strong in the Adoption or Foster Journey

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. But anyone who’s walked a difficult adoption or foster care journey will tell you: one of the first places the strain is felt is in your marriage.  That’s certainly been true for Rachel and me.  I know it is the case also for many others serving wounded children in […]


Something is Stirring in Canada

A couple weeks ago I had a good conversation with a Canadian passionate to see churches across his country catch a vision for foster care, adoption and orphan care. “There’s so much enthusiasm and engagement in the U.S. But it is much less common north of the border,” he lamented. He’s not the first to […]


The Loss of a Precious Child

There is no ache deeper than the loss of a child. Rachel and I felt that pain in one miscarriage and also in the death of Ayana Rachel, the little girl who died unexpectedly of pneumonia shortly before we were to bring her home as our adopted daughter. I can only image how much deeper […]


Hunger Crunch, the Game

Early in my days in government and politics, a wise mentor said, “Culture is upstream from politics.” What that means is this: movies, music, books, schools and the like ultimately shape our laws far more than vice-versa. I’ve seen that to be deeply true, from the California Statehouse to the White House. Yes, good laws […]