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Gandalf Speaks to the CAFO2020 Theme: Video Clip

In a poignant moment of the movie, The Hobbit, the elf queen Galadriel asks Gandalf why he chose such a small and thoroughly unimpressive creature as Bilbo Baggins to play a central role in the great quest to vanquish a dragon and reclaim the kingdom under the mountain. “Why the halfling?” she questions. Gandalf’s answer […]


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 […]


Soul Sisters – A Story of Impact

We recently heard a touching story of three high school students –  Ashleigh, Brooke and Alexandria – who through their skills and budding entrepreneurship joined in this vision of seeing every child experience God’s love and knowing that all of us have a place. They were among 40,000 students at Christ in Youth (CIY) Christian […]


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, […]


US Department of State 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report

Strong empirical and anecdotal evidence reveals that human traffickers view children that lack families as the ideal target.  The 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report from the US Department of State offers a particularly vivid picture of this reality worldwide. The annual report again underscores a simple truth:  if we care about human trafficking, one powerful way […]