CAFO relationship broadens ICC network of orphan care
Posted by Communications Staff April 23, 2015
This past February, American Friends of International China Concern (AFICC) received accreditation to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (EFCA), allowing them to become full members of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.
The Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) is a network of more than one hundred highly-respected organizations and churches united to inspire and equip Christians to care for orphans. By coordinating the strengths of member organizations, volunteers and churches in joint initiatives, CAFO seeks to encourage local hubs of adoption, foster care and global orphan care ministry. CAFO also holds its members to the highest standards of fiscal accountability, effectiveness, and Gospel-centered ministry.
Tracy Imbach, National Office Director for AFICC, says that being a member of CAFO has significant benefits to ICC on a global awareness level, allowing ICC to network with other organizations that care for orphans around the world. “I’m thankful for becoming part of a larger orphan care community whose heartbeat is the same as ICC’s,” Imbach says.
"CAFO membership places ICC at the centre of a growing international movement of Christ-followers who believe wholeheartedly that God loves every child." — David Gotts
“Now, when we go to churches, we’re introducing them to the larger network and vice versa,” she explains, noting that she has proposed ICC as an organization from which people could sponsor children on CAFO’s Orphan Sunday.
Being a member of CAFO “places ICC at the centre of a growing international movement of Christ-followers who believe wholeheartedly that God loves every child—especially those in situations of vulnerability,” says ICC's founder and CEO David Gotts.
“Our shared passion for abandoned and disabled children—and the opportunities ICC offers to those within this movement—can translate into even more abandoned children coming to know the fullness of life,” Gotts says.
ICC’s China Operations Director, Kyla Alexander, will speak on preserving families dealing with disability issues in China at this year’s CAFO Summit, 30 April 2015.