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Coronavirus, University Closures, and the Potential Impact on Foster Youth

One of the current realities related to the coronavirus is the closing of colleges and universities around the country.  As you might expect, this could have a significant impact on young adults currently or formerly in foster care who are dependent on on-campus housing.  Yesterday, Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau released the […]


Looking Ahead to the CAFO2020 Summit with Coronavirus in View

From global leaders to ordinary citizens, the world is grappling with how best to carry out a wise and well-calibrated response to COVID-19, aka coronavirus.  Like others, CAFO is closely tracking medical experts, public officials and global projections as we analyze how to approach the CAFO2020 Summit in Dallas, May 6-8. Both expert opinion and […]


New Tool Helps Global Child-Serving Organizations Improve Programs

A new tech-based tool will help OVC-serving organizations assess and then strengthen the quality and results of their programs worldwide.  The “Core Elements Self-Assessment” enables organizations to identify and analyze strengths and areas for growth within their programs, then access recommended tools and guidance to enhance both.   The field of care for vulnerable children – […]


Never Underestimate the Difference ONE Committed Person Can Make

By: Jodi Jackson Tucker The first time I saw her, she was sitting in the Orphan Sunday workshop at CAFO2018 in Dallas.  She caught my attention because of her long salt and pepper tresses, and the massive notebook in which she was taking copious notes.  I couldn’t resist meeting her, and this is how Eleanor […]


Foster Care Activity VS Foster Care Movement: Competition VS Collaboration (Part 2 of 6)

Foster care activity and the faith community’s involvement in that activity has a long history in this country.  In recent years, however, a new kind of faith-based, grassroots effort has emerged from communities across the U.S.  Though the word “movement” is admittedly over-used in our culture, these efforts are best described as “local foster care […]