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Crossing the Sahara
This excellent article by the director of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, Jedd Medefind, addresses the hard question that so many of us have wrestled with: Given the struggle and sorrow that ...
Alternative Care for Children Without Parental Care
When children do not have the option of remaining with their birth families, other approaches must be taken to prevent them from entering or remaining in orphanages. These resources begin to explore ...
The Importance of Family Care & the Limitations of Orphanages
These resources explore the situation of children living in orphanages, some of the factors contributing to their placement there, and the grave consequences this can pose for them emotionally, ...
Filling Your Bucket
Grab a cup of coffee and your bible and take some time to be encouraged by Greg Haswell, senior pastor at Northlands Church in Atlanta. What he shares is key for us adoptive and foster ...
Lifesong For Orphans Grant and Loan Application
In order to comply with IRS guidelines and ECFA best practice, we must receive the completed application before the placement of a child in your home. Adoption is Lifesong For Orphan's ultimate goal ...
Abba Fund Loan Application
YOUR COVENANT IS WITH GOD The ABBA Fund uses a “covenant” loan agreement purposefully – versus a more tradition legal agreement – because ABBA Fund is stewarding God’s resources, not ours. These ...
Fed to Feed, Raised to Raise, Loved to Love
From Susan: I remember poignantly the first time I was faced with a challenge way beyond my resources. We were 16 years old and my best friend Teri proposed that we take lifesaving lessons together ...
How Can Churches Best Support Adoptive Families?
There are no easy formulas. Three views. Megan Hill, Jedd Medefind, and Johnny Carr While there are no easy formulas, this article from Christianity Today shares three views on how churches can best ...
Competencies for Independent Living Services
For Independent Living programs to be effective, emancipation activities for youth should be jointly planned and implemented by the youth's caseworker and the youth's foster caregiver, mentor ...
Solving Poverty Is Rocket Science: Doing a better job responding to the complexity of poverty
Christians are among America’s most compassionate people. But we can do a better job responding to the complexity of poverty. This great article from the President of World Vision not only ...
Connect the Pillars: Leadership and loving orphans
This blog post from Susan Hillis shares the importance of connecting both with pillars around you (mom, dads, and leaders called to love orphans), but also connecting vertically to THE true ...
Ending the Orphan Crisis
God’s adoption plan provides the church with the perfect ministry model. "At the heart of orphan care at Saddleback Church is the desire to end the orphan crisis. We believe every child deserves a ...
What Orphans Need: Christians Who Live in the Joy of Their Father’s Delight
When Christians are unsure of their Father’s delight in them, real Christian joy is absent and passionate Christian living is lacking. It is almost impossible (if not entirely impossible) to ...
Powerful Insights for Foster Parents…and All Who Love the Fatherless
From Jedd Medefind of CAFO: "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 ...
The Father Who Adopts
According to Together for Adoption's Dan Cruver, "in his book Knowing God the Father Through the Old Testament, Christopher Wright has a very helpful section entitled “God—The Father Who ...
When It Comes to Complex Needs, Government Can’t Provide What Matters Most
This article by CAFO President Jedd Medefind " tackles the issue of whether government or faith-based and other nonprofits should play the central role in aiding the destitute." Read the full ...
Helping Your Foster Child Transition to Your Adopted Child
This factsheet summarizes how foster/adoptive parents can help their child make the emotional adjustment to being an adopted child. Children and youth may not clearly comprehend the difference ...
Factsheet for Foster Parents Considering Adoption
This factsheet for families summarizes what foster parents should consider while deciding whether to adopt their foster child or youth. While this factsheet does not address the specifics of how to ...
Starting at the Beginning for Your Child
For many families, the arrival of a child is met with eager anticipation. Welling with joy and excitement, these parents’ lives and actions toward their child manifest a deep awareness that children ...
Anger: Yours and Theirs
This three part series by adoptive dad Stephen Templeton helps parents address anger in their adoptive children, as well as in themselves. Part I Excerpt: "I hate you! I hate you! I hate you! ...
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