CAFO unites more than 200 respected organizations and over 720 church members. They labor together in shared initiatives that inspire and equip Christians for effective orphan care, family preservation, adoption and foster care. They work to see the local church in every nation known as the primary answer for the needs of vulnerable children in their midst.
Main Areas of Work
What They Do
CAFO's initiatives include:
- Global Network: The Global Network connects and equips local churches, NGO’s and advocates in developing nations toward wise and effective care for vulnerable children in their communities. By offering essential tools and resources to 40+ countries in 2017, the Global Network equips local churches to provide wrap-around support to adoptive/foster families and to effectively and wisely care for vulnerable children.
- Foster Movement: The National Foster Care Initiative works to see the church help provide “more than enough” for every child and family in foster care. The NFCI helps create and grow networks of churches engaging foster care together – growing Christian care for children and families until there is “more than enough” in every U.S. state.
- OVC Research: The Applied Research and Best Practice Initiative helps improve the quality of care for orphans around the globe with more than 15,000 distinct equipping experiences in 2017. The initiative helps child-serving organizations to integrate current research and best practice models into their programs that aid children and families in more than 100 countries.
- Church Ministry: The National Church Ministry Initiative helps local churches start and grow effective and sustainable foster care, adoption and orphan care ministries. In 2017, more than 675 churches have been equipped to launch and lead ministries through webinars, resources, workshops and personal coaching sessions.
- Aging Out Initiative: The Aging Out Initiative shares successful practices for guiding young people aging out of U.S. foster care and international orphan care through healthy transitions into adulthood.