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Virtually every person I know in this field has expressed something similar.  Fellow adoptive and foster parents.  Nonprofit leaders.  Social workers.  Church ministry leads.  Dedicated mentors. “It’s beautiful.  And it’s really, really hard.” Each story is different.  But whenever we come near to our world’s hurt, we will share in its pain. It’s been that […]

The post Why is the Word “Brokenness” in the CAFO2019 Theme? appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Philip Pattison a few questions about ministry and leadership. Philip is the Founder and Executive Director of Foster the Bay, a coalition of churches committed to providing a loving home for every child in foster care in the San Fransisco Bay area, as well as wrapping around […]

The post Learning and Leading: An Interview With Philip Pattison appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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Among the most fascinating, and hopeful, discoveries of cutting-edge science today spring from the field of neuroscience. They reveal the marvel of how we’re made…and, best of all, that we can be remade.  Small, daily choices can change and restore us.  We can “be transformed by the renewing of our minds” in ways that can, […]

The post The Astounding Findings of Neuroscience…and What They Mean for You Today appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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The explosive growth of technology brings potential for both great good and great harm for children.  All the more so for kids who’ve experienced trauma and loss. You’re invited to be a part of a first-of-its-kind CAFO study examining the hazards of tech-based dangers for children from hard places.  You’ll also be able to see […]

The post The Special Dangers of Technology Use for Children Who’ve Experienced Trauma: New CAFO Study appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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Warning:  This blog post is a little gross.  If you have a delicate gag reflex, proceed with caution. If you’ve ever considered yourself part of the Christian community as a college student, there’s a good chance you have participated in, or at least witnessed, a crazy or uncomfortable skit as a part of a ministry […]

The post When Folks Don’t Have the Stomach for Foster Care appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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I recently had the opportunity to ask my friend Gabe Forsyth a few questions about ministry and leadership. Gabe is the Missions Pastor at Mosaic Church in Orlando, FL (a Champion level member church with CAFO) and is preparing to host their second annual Serve the City Conference for the greater Orlando area. He and his wife […]

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Many of us plunged into orphan care, adoption and foster care like most people do parenting: lots of heart and little training … and even less grasp of all we’d likely face along the way. That’s not all bad.  There are indeed some things you can’t learn in school.  But the best service, like the […]

The post An Online Course to Build the Foundation Many of Us Never Received at the Start: Registration Open Until February 1 appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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I was a child of the 80s.  I was raised on Trapper Keepers, mix tapes, and scratch n sniff stickers.  I even remember when Honey Smacks were more accurately still called Sugar Smacks (according to a 2008 study they are more than 50% sugar by weight – no kidding). And I had a mullet.  Business […]

The post When It’s Time to Let the Mullet Go: Knowing Better and Doing Better in Foster Care appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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When I was a kid I had a fascination with big words.   In order to find the biggest words, you sometimes have to look in strange places.  I eventually discovered that the shampoo bottle was a great source of big words. In fact, most shampoo brands had an ingredient that was particularly noteworthy:  methylchloroisothiazolinone which, […]

The post 27-Letter Words and Making Big Problems Smaller appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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The beginning of a new year inherently brings with it a sense of hope.  Hope for better habits, hope for new opportunities and the hope that is always woven into any kind of new beginning.  At its core, hope is the feeling that what we want can, in fact, come to pass. Chardonnay Rosa describes […]

The post My Life Will Be Different: Hope’s Place in Foster Care appeared first on Christian Alliance for Orphans.

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