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A Poem Woven of Ache and Beauty

The CAFO “Families for Children” Conference today in Orlando pulsed with energy, stories and rich instruction on how churches can effectively act for foster youth and families.  One thing I’ll long remember is a poem written by Juliette Lauk, a 17-year-old whose vibrant smile makes a shooting star look dull.  Juliette spent much of her […]


Fostering Change: Great Article on the Rising Church Engagement for Foster Youth

The online journal Shared Justice – produced by the excellent team at the Center for Public Justice – carries a great article on the significant growth of Christian involvement in caring for foster youth.  With the CAFO Families for Children Conference coming this Friday in Orlando, it’s a compelling glimpse of the remarkable things happening […]


Songs, Strategies and Celebrations as Orphan Sunday Approaches

As we roll through the week of Orphan Sunday, reports of happenings around the world are already rolling in. We heard today of a song written and recorded for Orphan Sunday by the worship team at Woodstock Bible Church in Portland.  The words and music are equally beautiful.  The song will be on iTunes soon, […]


Orphan Sunday Comes Early…and Big…to Modesto, CA

Not every church can celebrate Orphan Sunday on the first Sunday in November.  That doesn’t make their events any less meaningful.  And the events for 2013 are already starting!  I received this note from a good friend in Modesto, CA, Jeff Pishney.  Churches across this mid-sized city in California’s central valley are spreading their Orphan […]


Dennis Rainey Reflects on Davion Only’s Story–With An Idea for Action

Children in foster care at times are nearly invisible.  Shifted from home to home, school to school, they often remain in the shadows.  But not Davion Only.  His plea to a Florida church for someone to adopt him has lit up the Internet.  Reportedly more than 10,000 people have responded, inundating his foster agency with […]


15-Year Old Asks Church for a Family

The Tampa Bay Times yesterday carried a deeply moving story of Davion Only of St. Petersburg, FL.  Davion has spent his entire 15-year life in foster care, hoping that his birthmother would come get him.  But when he learned in June that she was dead, Davion knew what he wanted more than anything else:  a […]