The CAFO Blog

Clowns, Catalogues, Cassettes and Speaking Up for Kids in Foster Care

We recently showed our kids a video of the amazing performance of a 12-year-old ventriloquist (her name Darci Lynne if you haven’t seen it).  This got our kids asking questions about ventriloquism and got me talking about about a ventriloquist puppet I got one year as a Christmas present.   I remember the annual tradition of […]

Rock Stars and Foster Care Advocates

When I was in junior high at the height of the 80s glam rock era, a friend of mine and I decided that we wanted to start a rock band.  We came up with a name.  I worked on a logo.  We went to an army surplus store to begin scouting out cool clothes (and, […]

Re-Imagining the Child Welfare System as We Know it Is No Joke

So a nuclear engineer, a judge, and a professor walk into a comedy club in downtown Minneapolis.   They sit down at tables filled with construction paper, Legos, Play-do and cardboard. Sounds like a joke, right? This past week I had the opportunity to join 99 other passionate people from around the country from a variety […]

ONE Can Be a Really Big Number When it Comes to Foster Care

The number 1 gets lots of press when it comes to ranking things in order. First place, first chair, first round draft pick. After all, who doesn’t want to be first? But as a quantity, the number 1 is unimpressive. It’s barely more than zero and merely half as much as it’s neighbor, number 2. […]

5 Big Takeaways from CAFO2017

CAFO2017 was unforgettable.  As we’re hearing from so many people now back “on mission” across the US and around the world, five big themes keep popping up.  They struck a deep chord in many hearts.  I pray they’ll continue to shape us all over the year ahead. 1) God uses brokenness to create beauty. “Dust […]

A CAFO2017 Special Announcement

We wanted to share a special announcement from Oklahoma Senator James Lankford addressing CAFO2017 attendees and all of you that are championing the foster and orphan care movement: We would also like to ask everyone to join us in prayer in the days leading up to Summit. Here a just a few specific prayer requests: […]