“The local church in every nation standing as the first answer for vulnerable children.”
We have all heard the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” From Paul’s passage on the “Body of Christ,” to Nehemiah’s rebuilding a united community in Jerusalem, to Moses appointing seventy elders to “bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it alone,” God’s Word exemplifies repeatedly that the “true religion” of James 1:27 is best experienced in community.
For over 10 years, CAFO has partnered to develop and strengthen local networks of churches, NGOs, agencies and advocates. Now, over 50 networks around the world are creating “collaborative communities” to surround vulnerable children and families not only with the love, support and spiritual foundation of their local church, but also empowering families through services of NGOs, encouragement of independent advocates, support from local ministries and government, and stability by participating in their local cultural community. This is accomplished through an active local network, united by the relationships of leaders from each of these organizations and institutions. We are truly Better Together!
Every child in a loving family,
embraced within a collaborative community
1. Collaborating to enable family and community-based care
2. Partnering with churches to inspire and support Christians in action
3. Cultivating competency with evidence-based approaches and best practices
As the center of a collaborative community, the local church welcomes and supports vulnerable children and families (biological, kinship, foster and adoptive) within a faith community offering love, prayer, friendship and practical assistance. For needs beyond the capabilities of the local church, the family connects to a broader set of resources and services provided through a local network of government agencies, faith-based and secular NGOs, independent advocates, local ministries from other churches, as well as local cultural communities.