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First-of-its-Kind CAFO Grant for Innovation in Family-Based Care Solutions

The Christian Alliance for Orphans is thrilled to announce the first-of-its-kind “Expanding Family Solutions Grant Challenge.” Passion and self-sacrifice are often at the root of service to vulnerable children and families.  That’s as essential as it is beautiful.   Without these commitments of the heart, humanitarian work can be little more than lifeless systems.  Love, not […]


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 […]


Lumos Report on Orphanages in Haiti

Lumos – an organization founded by author JK Rowling to advocate against institutional care and for family-based care for children – released an important report today on orphanages in Haiti. The report, titled “Funding Haiti’s Orphanages at the Cost of Children’s Rights,” documents a number of highly significant findings. These include: Immense private giving. International […]


Guatemalan Christians Blazing a Trail

One frequent expression of our deepest prayer at CAFO is this: the local church in every nation known as the primary answer for the orphans of that place. That vision may seem far on the horizon. But what I saw last week in Guatemala reminded that it’s possible. More than 400 Christians from across the […]


Giving Children More of Family — Models of Transition to Family-Based Care

When big-hearted people heard about orphans in generations past, the first thought was often toward construction of a large institution that could house hundreds of children. That’s frequently true today, too. And little wonder. In the face of vast need, we yearn for solutions that can help many-at-once, not just one or two at a […]


New Duke Study on Well-Being of Orphans Shakes Conventional Wisdom…And Confirms It

A significant new study released this week compares the effects of institutional and family-based care on orphaned children. The results sharply question some current assumptions about what’s best for children while also affirming others. I suspect that many people, myself included, will be digging deeper into the study’s details over the months ahead. But after […]