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Citizenship for Adopted Kids Who Were Left Out

CAFO’s primary focus isn’t government, but we see every day that government policies can have a profound impact – for good or for ill – on the lives of children. That’s certainly the case with a loophole that has existed for many years in U.S. international adoption law. As a result, some individuals adopted decades […]


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 […]


A Film that Tells Stories Far Too Rarely Told

Some stories are over-told. (#Kardashian, anyone?) Other stories are under-told.  Some of the most under-told of all are the stories of families that have chosen not to let orphaned children’s “special need” keep them from belonging. At least one-third of international adoptions last year were of children with special needs. For some Christian adoption agencies, […]


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 […]


US Department of State Adoption Discussion

This is National Adoption Month, and on November 12 the US Department of State will host a live, online forum to discuss key challenges and opportunities facing inter-country adoption. Assistant Secretary of State Janice Jacobs Ambassador Susan Jacobs Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans Moderated by Associated Press reporter David Crary You […]