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Many Lights Shown Brightly

In a year that often felt heavy with darkness, glimpses of light shone all the more brightly. That was certainly the case with Orphan Sunday and Stand Sunday 2020, all across America and around the world. The theme this year could not have been more apt:  Be the Light.  Despite the challenges of the pandemic, […]


Guidelines and Resources for Healthy Sponsorship Programs

You’ve seen the images hanging on the wall in your church sanctuary, smiling out from social media squares, or attached with a brightly-colored magnet to your friend’s refrigerator:  the precious faces of children from around the world receiving support through a child sponsorship program. Perhaps your own heart was pricked by their sweet faces, and […]


Anxious this Year? Little Choices Can Make a Difference (“Small Matters” Keynote)

I’ve felt the tug of anxiety this year more than ever in my life.  I don’t mean the sharp, clinical kind.  Rather, it’s more like a low-grade fever.  Sometimes the feeling fades to almost nothing.  Other days it threatens to color everything I see. Many, many friends have confessed similar feelings.  It’s as if anxiety […]


Groundbreaking Study on Adults Who Experienced Childhood Separation from Parents

This month, the CAFO Center on Applied Research for Vulnerable Children and Families is launching an expansive new research project on the unique experiences and special strengths of individuals who lived apart from parental care as children in any nation around the world — whether in residential care, foster care or otherwise.   A huge array […]


Washington Examiner: US Children Facing Increased Risk of Abuse under COVID

The article Invisible Children in the Washington Examiner explains how COVID lockdowns and closures – while protecting children from catching or spreading the virus – have boosted risks of abuse while decreasing the likelihood anyone will notice. It begins with statistics on dramatic drops in reports of child abuse: from 51% in New York to 55% in Massachusetts. But […]


New: CAFO Study on the Rapid Return of Children in Residential Care to Family as a Result of COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to impact vulnerable children and families around the world. In response to the pandemic, some governments have required residential care providers to rapidly return children to families without proper preparation for the transition.  While family reunification should be a priority whenever possible, these mandates put many nonprofits in a challenging position by forcing […]