The CAFO Blog

EXPANDED: Guidance for Short-Term Missions Now Paired with Real-Life Models

In March, the Christian Alliance for Orphans released, “Wise Short-Term Missions:  8 Principles for Benefiting Orphans and Vulnerable Children.”  As affirmed in the guide, “Short-term missions trips carry potential for much good and much harm. Wise engagement is critical, especially when we hope to benefit children.” Now, an expanded version of the guide is available, […]


Troubled by Child Separation? 7 Ways We Can Do Something About It

The hearts of many Americans ached over the separation of children from their parents at the US border.  And rightly so.  Children that lack the care and protection of family are, literally, among the most vulnerable beings on earth. That is why, as argued on this blog, “all good public policy begins with the priority of […]


Human Trafficking & Orphans: The 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report

As we’ve spotlighted many times on this blog, human traffickers view children that lack families as the ideal target.  The new 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report paints a vivid picture of this tragic reality worldwide.  It underscores a simple truth:  if we care about human trafficking, one powerful way to turn abstract indignation into concrete […]


First-of-its-Kind CAFO Grant for Innovation in Family-Based Care Solutions

The Christian Alliance for Orphans is thrilled to announce the first-of-its-kind “Expanding Family Solutions Grant Challenge.” Passion and self-sacrifice are often at the root of service to vulnerable children and families.  That’s as essential as it is beautiful.   Without these commitments of the heart, humanitarian work can be little more than lifeless systems.  Love, not […]


CAFO2018: The Rare and Beautiful Fruit of Unity

Each morning, my five kids and I read a passage of Scripture and discuss it over breakfast.  We enjoyed John 17 yesterday alongside our oatmeal, and camped out on the words Jesus prayed for everyone who would come to follow him over the centuries. Jesus’ yearning desire was this: “that they may be one as […]


4 Take-Aways from an Ugly Story

The Times of London recently released an article I’d consider essential reading for any person desiring to engage deep needs in our world’s most broken places. “How the Global Aid Industry Lost Its Way” builds on reports of severe and widespread sexual abuse by foreign aid workers in Haiti. Those entrusted with protection and restoration […]


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