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6 Take-Aways from Bethany Christian Services’ Decision to Cease International Adoptions

After four decades helping children find families through inter-country adoption, Bethany Christian Services has announced it will stop providing this service in 2021. Major constrictions on international adoption by countries like Russia, Ethiopia and China – along with increased costs of US regulations and a range of other factors – have caused inter-country adoptions to […]


Sorrow and Silver Linings in New Data on Inter-Country Adoption Numbers

The U.S. State Department this week released new numbers showing that inter-country adoptions to the U.S. in 2015 hit their lowest levels in 25 years. An AP article written yesterday covers the story, briefly noting some of the causes and consequences. There’s heartbreak in these numbers for many children and families, as well as many […]


Seven Major Trends in the Orphan Care Movement 2015

2015 has been yet another vibrant, dynamic year for the Christian orphan care movement.  Fresh growth and fresh challenges. Stubborn dilemmas and stubborn perseverance. Wise veterans and new voices. And amidst it all, the intertwining of great hurt and great beauty, woven together in ways rarely seen in any other realm. What major trends have […]


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 […]


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 […]