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Protecting Children in Media

There I was, mouth hanging awkwardly open, on the Facebook page of a person I’d only met a time or two. I know most pictures are considered public domain these days, and it wasn’t a big deal. But still, I couldn’t help feeling a bit like a fresh ham plopped without consent in the butcher […]


Reflections on Adoption from a Champion of In-Country Orphan Care

My friend Trace Thurlby and his family welcomed a new son this week – a 13-year old boy from China, Liam. I was moved by Trace’s reflections on this momentous day and asked his permission to share them here. Trace helps lead CAFO Member the Global Orphan Project. Like so many of the remarkable men […]


Want a Glimpse through the Eyes of an Orphan?

The short film Trusha shows the life of a boy growing in a Russian orphanage. It is just 22 minutes, but lingers with me still, two weeks after watching it – a haunting feeling of ache and love for a tender boy whose hopes and hurts reflect those of many. Truth be told, even for […]


Why Orphan Statistics Matter…And the One that Matters Most of All

Yes, it’s the day you’ve been waiting for: World Statistics Day. It may not be a Federal Holiday…or even a cause for an office party…but statistics do matter. Accurate statistics help us to better understand our world, communicate wisely about the needs around us, and address complex situations effectively. Mistaken or misused statistics can do […]


Four Seconds

I went to a small Kansas high school.  It was small enough that guys like me got to play football.  When I say “guys like me,” I mean to say that my freshman year, I weighed in at a devastating 110 pounds. Yes, really. As you might imagine, my high school football accomplishments were not […]


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 […]