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The Tragedy of Orphan Public Policy in Romania

Nowhere in the world has the tragic results of misguided government policy towards orphans been more evident than Romania. History rightly condemns the legacy of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Tragically, what’s happened since his fall in 1989 has been checkered at best. There’ve been some real successes, such as the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. But […]


What Keeps Us Going When Reality Grows Cold?

My friend leads an excellent micro-finance ministry in South Africa. He’s a bright soul, rarely down, but I could hear ache in his voice. “So often it feels like one step forward and two back.” We’d puffed our way up 3,000 feet to the top of South Africa’s majestic Table Mountain. Rolling hills, vineyards and […]


Reflections After 3 Weeks in Africa

I just returned from almost 3 weeks in Africa, working with church and ministry leaders from 16 African nations at 3 events in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa (you can see video reports from each of these events in earlier blog posts). Of course, once an experience like this is over, we have the opportunity […]


Southern Africa Orphan Summit: Heartache and Hope

When we enter the “fields of the fatherless” with open hearts, we so often encounter the world at it’s most broken and most beautiful simultaneously. I felt that afresh this week in South Africa at the Southern Africa Orphan Summit – led by African Christians and co-hosted by CAFO. As the Summit opened, we received […]


Six Ways Singles Can Help Orphans

CT carries a great article on Six Ways Singles Can Help Orphans. It articulates clearly (and practically!) a central truth that CAFO always seeks to champion. Not every Christian is called to adopt or foster or mentor. But every Christian community is called to live out the pure religion that “looks after orphans and widows […]


Five Big Things that Change When a Church Embraces Orphans and Foster Youth

The Willow Creek Association Blog today carries a post on what changes when a church starts to engage for orphans and foster youth.  Here’s how it starts: Flood.  Ice.  Fire.  They can alter a landscape profoundly.   That kind of change happens, too, when a church community begins to mirror God’s love for orphans. Adoption.  Foster […]