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New CAFO Research Findings: Adverse Childhood Experiences Appear to Drive Up Kids’ Media Use

New findings from the CAFO Center on Applied Research indicate that children who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) may be more likely to overuse screens.   While ACEs and other history of what’s often referred to broadly as “trauma” are very serious matters, however, they are not destiny.   Rather, the special challenges associated with […]


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 […]