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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 […]


Foster and Adopted Children Eligible for Help from Social Security

The US Social Security Administration (SSA) wants parents to understand that foster youth in their care — and, in limited situations, adopted children — may be eligible for help from the SSA. The SSA oversees different kinds of benefit programs, and each of those programs have different requirements for eligibility.  Below is a rundown of […]


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 […]


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 […]