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Foster Care and Adoption: Loving Out of Our Poverty

Have you ever felt weak or incapable along your foster care or adoption journey? Have you ever felt like what you had to offer just wasn’t enough? In this post, Jason Johnson, CAFO’s Director of the National Church Ministry Initiative, reflects on the parable of the widow’s offering and the example of hope it brings to […]


Glimpses of What Happens When Christians “Leave Logos and Egos at the Door”

I’ve always loved those words that helped forge CAFO. The leaders gathered at the first CAFO Summit pledged themselves to serving Christ and orphans … and also to “leave logos and egos at the door.” They would labor in shared initiatives to achieve more together than any one organization could achieve alone. I first encountered […]


Unaccompanied Minor Refugees: The Biblical “Orphan” Comes to Us in Many Forms

Understandings of the word “orphan” often differ. Common use points to a child whose parents have both died. A synonym sometimes used in the Bible – “the fatherless” – highlights the death or absence of a father. The current UN definition includes children who’ve lost one parent or both. The idea at the heart of […]


An All-Too-Rare Example of Contention Moving Toward Consensus

The current Christianity Today spotlights the ongoing shift in orphan care today – from orphanage-centered programs toward solutions that enable care within families. The title reads, “Why Christians are Abandoning the Orphanage.” As with so many debates today, this topic can quickly devolve into animosity among warring camps. On the one hand, it’s not entirely […]


A Game Changer: Social Enterprise

Words like “sustainability” and “social enterprise” are all the rage in some circles, but they often prove easier to talk than do. And for many nonprofits, creating a profit-generating enterprise just may not make sense. But when it is done well, social enterprise can be a game changer. Want to know what that can look […]


Justice and the Inner Life

“I’m just not sure I can keep going,” he said. He and his wife had moved to Africa to serve in their mid-20s, eyes bright. But after nearly a decade of high highs and low lows, the disappointments seemed to dwarf the progress. “I feel like I’m done.” I’ve heard similar words from adoptive moms […]