The CAFO Blog

Shaoey and Dot: By Mary Beth Chapman

Shaoey & Dot: Bug Meets Bundle is an endearing tale told from the point of view of one little ladybug, Dot, who happens upon a mysterious bundle one sunny day. Dot stays with the little bundle as she is carried to the place where babies come to be found and promises to stay with the […]


Before You Were Mine: Discovering Your Adopted Child’s Lifestory

This comprehensive resource helps adoptive parents prepare for their roles as storytellers, a privilege unique to the adoption experience. It helps parents embark on a sacred journey of discovery as they learn how important it is to know and honor an adopted child s lifestory. In this book, parents are invited to bring their child […]


LifeBooks: Creating a Treasure for the Adopted Child

“As an adoptive parent and an adoption educator, I have looked at many, many books and other sources on the topic of “creating a lifebook.” This book is by far the most enlightened, meaningful and relevant book out there. I have already bought several copies for my friends and for our homstudy agency. Most so […]


The Connected Child : By Karyn Purvis

The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family and addressing their special needs requires care, consideration, and compassion. Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, The Connected Child will help you to […]


Attaching in Adoption: Practical Tools for Today’s Parents

A clinical social worker specializing in attachment, grief and trauma, has penned a comprehensive guidebook for adoptive parents. Deborah Gray helps us take an in-depth look at how children and families adjust. She notes that many of today’s adoptions involve older children who may have been abused or neglected, or who may have spent years […]


Carried Safely Home: The Spiritual Legacy of an Adoptive Family

Adoption usually includes a tumultuous mix of sorrow and joy, loss and redemption, fear and fulfillment. Though often heart-wrenching, it offers a rich opportunity to draw nearer to God. Adoption can also be a precious part of a pilgrimage toward God. This book is a companion to come alongside those involved with adoption and the […]