The CAFO Blog

Archives

First of Its Kind National Conference on Faith & Foster Care in U.S.

I’m in Ukraine…thrilled to see firsthand the tremendous ways Ukrainian Christians are rising for the orphans of their country.  But as I contemplate all that is happening here, it’s exciting to consider that this same, faith-motivated passion is visible also among Americans for vulnerable children in the U.S. Across the U.S., more and more Christians […]


Slow, Hard Growth…Just as God Intended: Church Orphan Ministry in West Michigan

Jodi Lewis helps lead the orphan ministry at Kentwood Community Church in Grand Rapids, MI.  We’ve been friends for years, and I recall hearing weariness in her voice at times.  But she recently expressed a sense of wonder at all that has happened, seeming suddenly, after years of slow growth.  The journey has been hard […]


The Best Part of Summit

As great as Summit is each year, the very best part is what happens afterwards:  the church orphan ministries that start or take big steps forward; the renewed personal passion and mission-minded friendships; the improvements organizations implement in their programs. I read one such report from a good friend who attends Rock Harbor church in […]


Powerful Insights for Foster Parents…and All Who Love the Fatherless

My friend Doug Sauder, President of CAFO member 4KIDS of South Florida, recently shared with me a profound letter.  It was written by a woman who served families and children  through 4KIDS for 5+ years.  She read it to the 4KIDS teams during their weekly devotions as she prepared to depart for a new role.  […]


Loving Foster Youth Even When You Can’t Be a Foster Parent

A friend of mine named Stasia is 29 and has just been married for a year and a half, but I heard her express recently that she considers herself to be the parent of a 21-year old.  I couldn’t help wanting to hear more, and Stasia explained that seven years ago, she’d moved back home […]