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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 […]


Announcing … The CAFO2020 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 […]


Foster and Adopted Children Eligible for Help from Social Security

The US Social Security Administration (SSA) wants parents to understand that foster youth in their care — and, in limited situations, adopted children — may be eligible for help from the SSA. The SSA oversees different kinds of benefit programs, and each of those programs have different requirements for eligibility.  Below is a rundown of […]


Our Favorite Music Video of the Year

For Orphan Sunday and Stand Sunday, CAFO partnered with the duo Morgan Still — Jamie Grace and her old sister Morgan Harper Nichols — to produce a video celebrating what it means to welcome a child into a heart and home. It’s nothing short of beautiful!  


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 […]