Publications and online resources selected to give a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing orphans, vulnerable children, and their families around the world and to identify strategies, guidelines and illustrative examples to inform how churches and individuals can effectively raise awareness and engage in “best practice” action.
The Importance of Family Care and 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 consequences this can pose for them emotionally, socially, and psychologically. With this understanding, the resources shared below promote alternatives that respect a child’s need for the love and care of a family. Read More
Alternative Care for Children Without Parental Care: Kinship, Foster, and Adoption
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 circumstances in which kinship care, foster care and adoption might be appropriate and factors that should be considered in these situations. Read More
Best Practice Strategies in Family and Community Care
These resources explore family and community-based models of care for orphans and vulnerable children. They provide a glimpse into some of the “best practice” programs and strategies for addressing children’s needs, strengthening families, engaging local church and community members, supporting caregivers, and developing professional practices. A selection of tools include manuals and activity guides that can serve as resources to practitioners on the ground (and those who partner with them to support their work). Read More
Engaging the Church, Principles of Partnership and Short-Term Ministries
These resources provide information on the continuum of orphan care engagement from awareness raising to direct church-to-church partnership. Drawing from several key Christian resources, topics on short-term missions include how to help without hurting, things
to consider before you travel, and how to align short-term mission trips with the needs and priorities of local churches and ministries already serving children. Read More
Global Reports and Statistics on Orphans and Vulnerable Children
These resources provide overviews, updates, and discussions regarding the estimates and statistics that can be used to better understand the depth and scope of issues impacting children and families around the world. Read More
Understanding the Needs of Children Made Vulnerable by HIV and AIDS
These resources provide a comprehensive overview of the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and families and the interventions that have arisen in response to this issue. These resources build upon the growing recognition that responses to HIV and AIDS must center on increased support to families as the best means of providing care and protection for children. Read More
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We are called to not just to action but to do our “utmost” – our best for orphans and vulnerable children. For additional stories, lessons learned and updates from churches and ministries strengthening family care around the world, please also see Stories.