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Family Preservation Versus Child Protection?  Gripping Polar Truths

In the past two weeks alone, and in at least a dozen separate contexts, I’ve listened to leaders…heard friends…read emails…reviewed articles…all expressing deeply-felt convictions on seemingly opposite sides of a single issue. Often, it is framed as one value pitched in mortal combat with another:  family preservation and reunification on one side VERSUS foster care, […]


Congressional Briefing on Family Support and Reunification

CAFO’s focus isn’t on government, but we believe that well-considered, well-implemented policies can make a profound difference for vulnerable youth. So we’re always glad to work with government leaders – local, state and Federal – to help think through which policies and priorities will most enable children and families to thrive. This week, the Director […]


Tunnels of Romania

The past two posts offer glimpses of both the desperation and glimmers of hope known by Romania’s orphans. I received another such glimpse today from a friend who leads the Board of Firm Foundations Romania.  While many of the details in all of these accounts are specific to this proud, beautiful, struggling nation, the realities […]


The Tragedy of Orphan Public Policy in Romania

Nowhere in the world has the tragic results of misguided government policy towards orphans been more evident than Romania. History rightly condemns the legacy of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Tragically, what’s happened since his fall in 1989 has been checkered at best. There’ve been some real successes, such as the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. But […]


Innocents Lost: Miami Herald Expose on Tragedies in the Foster System

Last week, we highlighted a controversial TED Talk urging the end of foster care.   The video and blog post stirred strong feelings among many.  Some resonated deeply with Molly McGrath Tierny’s condemnation of the foster system and emphasis on family preservation.  Others felt her proposed solutions would create a surge in children exposed to abuse […]


Response to Request from Senator Graham to CAFO

In May, CAFO testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Operations Sub-Committee on U.S. action for orphans and vulnerable children globally.  (See text of the testimony here.)  Following the hearing, the Committee continued its work by issuing requests for more in-depth discussion of specific issues.  One follow-up question for CAFO came from Senator Lindsey Graham.  The […]