How to Transition to Family Based Care – A CAFO Report

Who invented the idea of a family? Well, family was God’s idea. Family is His ideal plan. Psalm 68 says, “God sets the lonely in families.”

Jedd Medefined, President CAFO (Christian Alliance for Orphans) says, “There are countless reasons for this. It’s seen vividly in the way a child’s brain develops. And even adults yearn for a place to come home to. As a friend who aged out of foster care expressed to me with tears in his eyes, ‘You never outgrow the need for a family.'”

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The Secret for Boosting Connection

Sometimes, when we see someone we love going through difficult situations, our first reaction is to try to “fix” the problem. We do this out of genuine love and sympathy; we care for them and want to help make the situation better. However, what ends up happening most of the time is that the other person feels invalidated and their feelings overlooked.

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The Most Important 5 Seconds

Science shows that people determine what they think of you within the first 3-5 seconds of meeting you. They form their opinion based on you appearance, your body language, your demeanor, your body language, or the first things you say. Think about this in context to your organization or ministry. What is the first thing people see, hear, or feel when they “meet” your ministry? Read this blog post, by Dr. Kenneth Acha, about his experience with first impressions.

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A New Way to Think About International Adoptions

In her recent article, “The Trouble with the Christian Adoption Movement”, Kathryn Joyce discusses unintentional harm that has been caused on hundreds, if not thousands, of children wrongfully categorized as orphans. I think this is a valuable critique that should be humbling considered by advocates of international adoption around the world. Read the article below and then share your thoughts with us…

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What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?

Is money enough to make you feel good about your work? What about joy; is that enough instead? Whether you are working with at-risk youth, planting churches, or assisting in adoptions everyone wants to feel good about the work they are doing. But how do we know when we have gotten there? Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work.

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Consequences of Neglect

The other day I stumbled upon this incredible article written by Stacey Solie, a Seattle-based reporter, writer and editor and an adjunct at the University of Washington. In this article, Solie shares about negligence and it’s huge impact on child development. It’s very simple to understand, for those of us who are unfamiliar with scientific verbage. She does a wonderful job explaining key aspects to keep in mind when dealing with orphan care.

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