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A Story from Paraguay: Celebrating Motherhood and Family Like Never Before

The best stories aren’t tidy.  They often carry as much ache as joy.  But they remind that, by God’s grace, new life can rise from wreckage, like flowers springing from earth scorched by fire. I heard one such story last week from a dear friend, Anja Goertzen.  She’s been laboring for years in home country […]


Gifts from a Man Who Grew Up in Foster Care

At a CAFO Summit a decade ago, an energetic guy in his 30s jumped up when the emcee asked for help tossing t-shirts to the cheering crowd. He was a blend of Olympian and celebrity as he ran up and down the aisles, heaving t-shirts up even to the balcony to laughter and cheers. I […]


Trent Taylor – A Changed Life Who’s Changing Lives

Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of a growing friendship with a remarkable young man named Trent Taylor.  Trent is just a couple years out of high school, but I can think of few people I respect more, of any age. Trent has tasted the world at its most broken:  severe neglect, […]


Child Welfare in the Midst of the Pandemic

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a web-based event for DC policymakers and leaders nationwide, Child Welfare in the Midst of the Pandemic.  The event offered a serious look at the impact of COVID response on children and child welfare systems across the country.  Presenters spotlighted a range of critical issues, from the projected spikes […]


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 […]


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 […]