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Why #9 Matters So Much to This College Football Player

In a year of unexpected things, this has to be one of my very favorite: a 2-minute football story that somehow makes you both laugh and cry at the same moment. Kari Stewart helps lead the vibrant foster and adoption ministry at Timberline Church in Colorado.  I had the privilege of spending time with Kari […]


Citizenship for Adopted Kids Who Were Left Out

CAFO’s primary focus isn’t government, but we see every day that government policies can have a profound impact – for good or for ill – on the lives of children. That’s certainly the case with a loophole that has existed for many years in U.S. international adoption law. As a result, some individuals adopted decades […]


The Connected Parent: Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment

There Is Hope for Every Child, Every Parent, and Every Family Parenting under the best of circumstances can be difficult. And raising children who have come to your home from “hard places,” who have their own set of unique needs, brings even more challenges. You may have discovered that the techniques that worked with your […]


The Gospel Coalition Highlights Unique Struggles of Adoptive Families

The Gospel Coalition this week released a penetrating article spotlighting the sometimes-intense struggles that adoptive families can face, particularly as children who’ve experienced severe neglect or abuse enter adolescence. “As Adoption Ages: How Parents Are Handling Teen Challenges,” by Sarah Zylstra. The article’s title hints at the large number of families that adopted children a […]


Day 4 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”: ADVENT

It’s easy to imagine we are more virtuous merely because we’ve felt or expressed something – whether conviction or indignation or righteous anger or even guilt.   The Bible never does. “Dear children,” urges John, “let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth.” Certainly, whenever we see the ugly consequences […]


Day 3 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”: ASCENT

Life can leave us feeling that there is no hope, that nothing can change.  The Bible never does. Yes, Scripture is brutally honest about evil.  But then, always, it lifts our eyes.  It calls us to ascent.  Like the ancient Hebrews on their yearly pilgrimage, we are invited time and again to a Godward journey.  […]