HOW CAN I BE A PART?
Christians are stepping up across the U.S. and worldwide: foster care, adoption, family preservation, global orphan care.
BECOME A CAFO MEMBER
Opportunities for: Individuals, Churches, Regional Alliances, and Non-Profit Organizations.
ATTEND CAFO SUMMIT
Experience the growing Christian orphan care movement on May 8-10, 2019 in Louisville, KY.
INVEST IN THE MOVEMENT
Give & serve through internships, volunteering, in-kind donations and financial support.
LEARN ABOUT CAFO'S WORK
The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites 190+ respected organizations and over 650 church members. Our joint initiatives inspire and equip Christians to live out effectively the Bible’s call to care for orphans and vulnerable children. See how below:
“The field of orphan care, foster care and adoption enjoys a rare unity and strategic leadership – led by the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). CAFO facilitates shared initiatives involving many of the best organizations in the field, all working together to inspire and equip Christians for effective response for vulnerable children. Unified efforts like that bring far greater impact than when organizations work in isolation or competition.”
- From article of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, titled “Christian Investment in Orphan Care and Adoption Continues to Climb Dramatically.”
The CAFO Summit has become a global hub of connection, learning and action for what Christianity Today called “the burgeoning orphan care movement.” The CAFO2018 Summit in Dallas equipped 2,000+ leaders, advocates, pastors and parents, sending them back to every U.S. state and 40+ countries. Over 96% reported they were better equipped and connected to serve children well.
This vision began in a small church in Zambia, and with CAFO’s stewardship, is now a major catalyst for changing children’s lives across the U.S. and in more than 85 countries worldwide. In 2017, more than 1100 registered Orphan Sunday events helped spark awareness and action for vulnerable children in local churches around the globe. We operate with a team of 190+ committed volunteers who make this possible.
The Global Network connects and equips local churches, NGO’s and advocates in developing nations toward wise and effective care for vulnerable children in their communities. By offering essential tools and resources to 40+ countries in 2017, the Global Network equips local churches to provide wrap-around support to adoptive/foster families and to effectively and wisely care for vulnerable children.
The National Foster Care Initiative works to see the church help provide “more than enough” for every child and family in foster care — so every single one can experience God’s love through the hospitality and care of His people. The NFCI helps create and grow networks of churches engaging foster care together – growing Christian care for children and families until there is “more than enough” in every U.S. state.
The Applied Research and Best Practice Initiative helps improve the quality of care for orphans around the globe with more than 15,000 distinct equipping experiences in 2017. The initiative helps child-serving organizations to integrate current research and best practice models into their programs that aid children and families in more than 100 countries.
The National Church Ministry Initiative helps local churches start and grow effective and sustainable foster care, adoption and orphan care ministries. In 2017, more than 675 churches have been equipped to launch and lead ministries through webinars, resources, workshops and personal coaching sessions.
The Student Initiative helps to prepare young leaders for a lifetime of effective, God-honoring service to orphans. This initiative is currently piloting the new “OVC Essentials” course. Students and recent graduates can participate in this 10-week online course as they intern with frontline organizations or study in school. This multi-media learning experience guides students through vital foundational topics that prepare them for lifelong service in the field. It features articles, videos, books and podcasts — alongside interaction with both fellow learners and veterans in the field.
AGING OUT INITIATIVE
The Aging Out Initiative shares successful practices for guiding young people aging out of U.S. foster care and international orphan care through healthy transitions into adulthood.
COMMUNICATION & ADVOCACY
CAFO unites its members in a powerful combined voice. From social media to radio and print, CAFO champions children the world often forgets. This year, when Congress moved to end the adoption tax credit, CAFO worked with a broad coalition to help save it.
CAFO’s new podcast series, Justice and the Inner Life, also helps Christians root their ministry deep in the Gospel – featuring leaders from Francis Chan to Ruth Haley Barton to Gary Haugen.
EFFECTIVENESS & ACCOUNTABILITY
Good intentions aren’t enough. CAFO elevates the quality of care, facilitates new partnerships, trains church ministries and requires good governance and fiscal accountability of it’s members. Churches and individuals can partner with trustworthy CAFO member organizations with confidence.