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Family Preservation Versus Child Protection?  Gripping Polar Truths

In the past two weeks alone, and in at least a dozen separate contexts, I’ve listened to leaders…heard friends…read emails…reviewed articles…all expressing deeply-felt convictions on seemingly opposite sides of a single issue. Often, it is framed as one value pitched in mortal combat with another:  family preservation and reunification on one side VERSUS foster care, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Why is the Word “Brokenness” in the CAFO2019 Theme?

Virtually every person I know in this field has expressed something similar.  Fellow adoptive and foster parents.  Nonprofit leaders.  Social workers.  Church ministry leads.  Dedicated mentors. “It’s beautiful.  And it’s really, really hard.” Each story is different.  But whenever we come near to our world’s hurt, we will share in its pain. It’s been that […]


The Astounding Findings of Neuroscience…and What They Mean for You Today

Among the most fascinating, and hopeful, discoveries of cutting-edge science today spring from the field of neuroscience. They reveal the marvel of how we’re created…and, best of all, that we can be recreated.  Small, daily choices can change and restore us.  We can “be transformed by the renewing of our minds” in ways that can, […]