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Groundbreaking Study on Adults Who Experienced Childhood Separation from Parents

This month, the CAFO Center on Applied Research for Vulnerable Children and Families is launching an expansive new research project on the unique experiences and special strengths of individuals who lived apart from parental care as children in any nation around the world — whether in residential care, foster care or otherwise.   A huge array […]


New: CAFO Study on the Rapid Return of Children in Residential Care to Family as a Result of COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to impact vulnerable children and families around the world. In response to the pandemic, some governments have required residential care providers to rapidly return children to families without proper preparation for the transition.  While family reunification should be a priority whenever possible, these mandates put many nonprofits in a challenging position by forcing […]


Citizenship for Adopted Kids Who Were Left Out

CAFO’s primary focus isn’t government, but we see every day that government policies can have a profound impact – for good or for ill – on the lives of children. That’s certainly the case with a loophole that has existed for many years in U.S. international adoption law. As a result, some individuals adopted decades […]


NEW: CAFO Study of COVID-19 Impact on Vulnerable Children and the Organizations that Serve Them

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact life across the globe.  As in virtually all crises, the most impacted are often those who are already the most vulnerable, including children at risk.  To learn more about how this unprecedented situation is influencing the lives of vulnerable children and families, the CAFO Center for Applied Research, Samford […]


Small Choices Amidst the Crisis

Crises sometimes demand actions big and bold.  An Alamo stand.  A Dunkirk rescue.  A Selma march.  But just as often, it is small, easy-to-miss choices that – cumulatively – turn the tide.  Think of the resolve of the British throughout the siege of London, digging out of the rubble brick by brick each morning.  Or […]


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, […]