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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, […]


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 […]


What a Jewish Child Welfare Expert Sees in Christian Foster Care

The national Faith Angle Forum podcast this week features Naomi Schaefer Riley – an expert on the US foster system who also happens to be Jewish – reflecting on the remarkable rise in Christian engagement in US foster care.   I joined Riley for the fast-moving conversation, which ranged from potential tech-based solutions to 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 […]


Wall Street Journal:  Christians Are Pro-Life After Birth, Too

An article in today’s Wall Street Journal claims, “Christians Are Pro-Life After Birth, Too.”  Its subtitle backs up the bold statement this way: “If you want to see for yourself, attend the Christian Alliance for Orphans summit.” Writer Naomi Schaefer Riley, herself Jewish, penned the piece after attending the CAFO2019 Summit last month.  It begins: […]


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 […]