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Dialogue with Critics of Adoption and Orphan Care

A highlight of the CAFO2014 Summit for me was a workshop designed as a public discussion with Professor David Smolin.  I’ve valued a growing friendship with David and our many conversations.   Although we differ significantly on some issues, I felt it’d be very valuable for the CAFO community to hear and weigh Professor Smolin’s criticisms […]


One of Those Amazing Things You Never Could Have Planned

The most magical moments are those you never could have planned. At CAFO2014, that came with a remarkable young woman named Zhenya. Early this year, CAFO held its t-shirt design contest. The winning design was submitted by 20-year old Zhenya Reynolds. When we wrote to congratulate her, we learned Zhenya isn’t only a talented designer […]


5 Reasons the Church Can’t Outsource James 1:27

The Willow Creek Association blog today carries a short article I wrote titled, “5 Reasons the Church Can’t Outsource James 1:27.”  See below: Barna Research last week highlighted the growing Christian engagement with adoption and foster care among its “Three Major Faith & Culture Trends for 2014.” I’m seeing this every day. Across the US […]


Vital Resources for Struggling Adoptive and Foster Families

The current edition of Adoption Today magazine carries an article that begins: Adoptive and foster parents often express what most any parent says at least once in their parenting journey:  it’s both the hardest and most meaningful thing I’ve ever done.  There is no more significant or sacred task than nurturing young souls.  Yet many […]


Regional Conferences Reveal…and Fuel…a Growing Movement

For all its benefits, technology just can’t replace the power of in-person gatherings.  As with all of history’s great movements, today’s surge in Christian adoption, foster and orphan care is nourished by conferences large and small.  These events unite allies, spread ideas and training, and energize for action. The annual CAFO Summit–now in it’s 10th […]