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Day #1 of “Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil”: LAMENT

Christians sometimes fail to mourn evil, particularly when we’ve not felt its impact personally.  The Bible never does. From start to finish, and especially in the Psalms, the Bible names and mourns all that is bent and broken in our world, from hidden thoughts of the human heart to the affairs of nations. “How long, […]


Four Actions to Teach Our Children in Response to Evil

Our nation is freshly torn by old wounds.  We grieve and grapple with the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and others … and with what has transpired since … and with all that it represents. My own heart aches as well.  At the cruel and degrading death of a man, made in the image […]


Announcing … The CAFO’s 2020 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, […]