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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 […]


On Speaking Up for Little Brothers

I have two older brothers which can be a mixed blessing.  On the one hand, you have someone to play baseball with.  On the other hand, you have someone who can throw a baseball REALLY hard and can hit you in the stomach with it when you are up to bat in your backyard, rendering […]


What the Coronavirus Has Taught Us About the Pivot in Foster Care

When the topic of elementary school P.E. teachers comes up with a group of adults, it is usually a little divisive.  Some saw their P.E. class as a welcome escape from a desk-bound, math-riddled, sentence-diagramming school day.  Others saw their P.E. teachers as agents of torture.   I, for one, had a GREAT P.E. teacher.  […]


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 […]