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Foster Care and the Do-It-Yourself Swimming Pool

One day a few weeks ago, our 7-year-old son wanted to go to the neighborhood swimming pool, but we could not go that particular day. Frustrated but not deterred, he went out into the back yard to play. A short time later I went outside to check on things and found that he had looted […]


3 Things Foster Care Taught Me About Being a Dad

ONE:  Tomorrow with my kids is not guaranteed This is true for every parent but becomes uniquely real when you are a foster parent. We all intellectually know that our children (biological, or adopted) are a gift for today and that none of us are guaranteed tomorrow with them. Foster care brings home this truth […]


Three Reasons You Might Be Having Trouble Engaging Churches in Foster Care

One of the most common comments I’ve heard over the years from people trying to get their church or other churches engaged in foster care is that a certain church or church leader doesn’t “get it.” We as foster care advocates feel thwarted in our genuine efforts to find foster and adoptive families for kids. […]


Growing Down: CAFO2016 Keynote

From CAFO2016 Remarks: The world does not need more Christian leaders grown tall; it desperately needs Christians grown deep. We need Christians who can persevere amidst disappointment. Who can continue to love even when there is no visible result. We need Christians whose demeanor looks like Jesus, whose very presence feels like the presence of […]


A Thank You to Child Welfare Professionals

HELP Week is a great opportunity to honor and encourage child welfare professionals. In that spirit, Debbie Croft – a newspaper columnist who doubles as a member of the CAFO Team – crafted her column this week to do just that. It’s written as an open letter, title, “A thank you to California’s child welfare […]