Welcome to the Faith to Action Initiative’s Transition to Family Care for Children Online Training. This training is designed to provide helpful information and tools for churches, faith-based organizations, donors, and others who are transitioning children’s care away from residential care to care within families. This resource aims to come alongside you so that your work is aligned with biblical principles, a strong evidence base, and a growing movement within the Church that affirms the importance of family in every child’s life. The Transitioning to Family Care for Children Online Training provides an introduction to and overview of the key concepts and steps that are important to a successful transition process.

Course Overview

In this training you will be guided through the following seven lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Why Transition to Family Care?
  • Lesson 2: Key Elements of Family Care
  • Lesson 3: Planning for Transition
  • Lesson 4: Engaging People and Partnerships to Strengthen Families
  • Lesson 5: Resourcing and Sustaining the Transition
  • Lesson 6: Preparing to Transition Children and Families
  • Lesson 7: Monitoring and Evaluation and Next Steps

Each lesson focuses on 4 to 7 sub-topics which include text to read, videos, attachments you can use later, and hyperlinks to additional resources if you want to learn even more. Each lesson will take approximately 20-50 minutes to complete.

Reflection and Activities Journal

The Reflection and Activities Journal was created to help you consider how to applies what you are learning to your own setting. Download and save it is a place where you can access it easily. At the end of each lesson, you will refer back to the journal and respond to several questions. The journal can be completed individually or collectively with your organization’s staff. Each activity will serve as an ongoing reference and will support your next steps as you transition toward family-based care. After completing the online training, we invite you to email your completed journal to the Faith to Action Initiative to receive a consultation.

Reflection and Activities Journal [PDF]

This online training is based off of the guidance given in the Faith to Action Initiative’s Transitioning to Family Care for Children: A Guidance Manual and supplemented by the Transitioning to Family Care for Children Tool Kit. If you have any questions throughout the training, please contact the Faith to Action staff at info@faithtoaction.org.

Getting to Know Our Experts

Throughout this training you will have the opportunity to watch many short videos from a specially selected group of consultants with experience and insight on transitioning to family care. These experts generously provided their time and expertise to help you on your transitioning journey. Below you will find photos and biographies to familiarize yourself with each of them in advance.

Phil Aspegren
Co-Executive Director, Casa Viva


Caroline Bishop
Senior Technical Advisor for Vulnerable Children, Catholic Relief Services


Kristi Gleason
Vice President of Global Programs, Bethany Christian Services


Rebecca Nhep
Senior Technical Advisor, Better Care Network


Florence Martin
Director, Better Care Network


Dr. Delia Pop
Director of Programmes and Global Advocacy, Hope and Homes for Children


Nicole Wilke
Director of Applied Research & Best Practices Initiative, CAFO

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