Ukraine Response

During this challenging time in Ukraine, it is important to help families in crisis stay together and make sure children in residential care are provided for and safe. Below are a few organizations who are supporting vulnerable children and families in Ukraine. A Family for Every Orphan Catholic Relief Services Hope and Homes Lifesong for Orphans Lumos Orphan Outreach Orphans Promise Samaritans Purse Tearfund World Without Orphans World Vision For those working in or around Ukraine, please see the following guidance. Critical Considerations for Movement of Children [...]

Ukraine Response2022-04-05T11:29:39-04:00

Job Opening: Outreach Coordinator

Faith to Action Initiative, A Project of Tides Center Qualified applicants may submit a cover letter and resume to by December 8, 2021 Job Title: Outreach Coordinator Reports to: Director of Programs FLSA Status: Exempt Time: Temporary Full-time Length of Employment: 12 months Salary: $70,000 Benefits: Health insurance, sick leave, retirement benefits POSITION SUMMARY: The Outreach Coordinator works collaboratively with and in support of the Faith to Action Initiative’s (hereinafter “F2A”) Director of Programs to implement outreach to key audiences. The Outreach Coordinator is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time [...]

Job Opening: Outreach Coordinator2021-11-16T19:04:17-05:00

From Abandoned to Transformed: New Case Study on Residential Care vs. Family Care Outcomes

It was the dogs that alerted him, their barking incessant and irritating, drawing him toward the small bundle they encircled. What had gotten into them? He shooed them away, bending low to see why they were agitated. Shocked, he saw a newborn, tiny chest heaving with every breath, his body listless. The hospital said the baby suffered from sepsis, a severe infection, treatable with antibiotics. After a brief hospital stay, the infant was brought to a crisis nursery run by Alliance for Children Everywhere (ACE) Zambia, where nurses, social workers, and caregivers diligently provided for him. As the Zambian [...]

From Abandoned to Transformed: New Case Study on Residential Care vs. Family Care Outcomes2021-06-23T11:05:58-04:00

Digital Communications Intern

Faith to Action Initiative, A Project of Tides Position Description: Digital Communications Intern Application: To apply, email your cover letter and resume to by Thursday, May 27 Organizational Overview: The Faith to Action Initiative serves as a resource for Christian groups, churches, and individuals seeking to respond to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children around the world. The core focus of our work is to encourage action that is informed by evidence-based “best practice” and that recognizes and upholds the vital importance of family and community in the life of every child. We believe that children grow best in [...]

Digital Communications Intern2021-05-12T20:15:25-04:00

How Faith and Perseverance Led to Foster Care in Mexico

 Lola* was just five months old when she first came to the orphanage in Chihuahua City, Mexico. At a time when most babies are cooing and giggling from affectionate games of peek-a-boo, Lola was already emotionally and psychologically scarred, struggling from the effects of extreme neglect. Over the next three years, there was little change for Lola, as the stable relationships she needed for healthy development were not met in an institutional setting. Simply put, Lola was suffering from the lack of a family. At 4 years old, Lola was finally adopted, but because the family was not equipped with the right [...]

How Faith and Perseverance Led to Foster Care in Mexico2021-05-12T16:14:31-04:00

Imagining a Different Story for Sofia and Marta

By Nicole Wilke Sofia* was just five years old when her mom left her home unsupervised for the first time. Her dad had left the family and had no contact. Her mom was forced to work long hours at a factory. Until recently, Sofia and her two-year-old sister, Marta*, had spent the hours away from their mom with an elderly neighbor. It wasn’t a perfect arrangement, but they were safe and she let them come for free. When their childcare provider passed away, there were no affordable childcare options, so Sofia’s mother felt she had no choice but to leave [...]

Imagining a Different Story for Sofia and Marta2021-01-25T10:52:03-05:00

YWAM Challenges Missions Goers to “Love Wisely”

Every year, around 1500 individuals from all over the world descend on Youth With a Mission’s biggest training base located in Kona, Hawaii. Youth With a Mission, or YWAM (pronounced “why wam”) as it is commonly called, is an international volunteer missions movement and one of the biggest short-term missions-sending organizations in the world. In 2017, a small group of YWAM volunteers came across ACCI’s KINNECTED resources regarding best practices in supporting vulnerable children during short-term missions. They learned research shows the majority of children in orphanages are not actually orphans, but have a living parent and are often [...]

YWAM Challenges Missions Goers to “Love Wisely”2022-05-11T12:21:18-04:00

Christians are Shifting Support to Family Strengthening

*This article originally appeared in the Better Care Network November 2019 Newsletter The global church plays a vital role in care reform, as perhaps the largest group of direct providers of care to children and significant funders of residential care. Over decades Christians have unknowingly played a role in the unnecessary separation of children from families every time they built, visited or funded orphanages. However, since the development of the UN Guidelines on Alternative Care, there has been increased momentum to support quality family care for vulnerable children. We are seeing responsible reintegration of children and transitions of Christian [...]

Christians are Shifting Support to Family Strengthening2020-05-04T12:03:46-04:00

For One Church, Orphan Ministry Isn’t an Orphanage!

A banner hangs on the wall in Christ Our Shepherd Church that reads, “My House will be called a House of Prayer for all Nations” (Mark 11:17). This is a commitment that this 300-person congregation in Southeast Washington, DC takes very seriously. So when members of the congregation came to the church in 2009 and informed us about the needs in Mongolia and work of Light of the World Church, we could not help but pay attention. We began a relationship of support and prayer that has seen the some of the most vulnerable families strengthened to care for [...]

For One Church, Orphan Ministry Isn’t an Orphanage!2020-05-04T12:08:46-04:00

From Orphanage Volunteer to Family Care Advocate!

I’m privileged to have recently joined Faith to Action as the Director of Engagement, eager to step into a critical role of equipping churches, organizations, and individuals with information about the importance of family-based care. As I reflect on all that has prepared me for this role, I’m honored to tell the story of how I began my journey of caring about vulnerable children. In 2006, fresh out of college, feeling called to “do more” and utilize my time and (limited) talent to care for vulnerable children, I packed my bags for South Africa, where I would attend a [...]

From Orphanage Volunteer to Family Care Advocate!2021-01-12T16:38:55-05:00

6 Ways Churches Can Use Short-Term Missions to Promote Family-Based Care

Many churches are choosing to move toward a missions program that supports family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children. Grace Church, based in Noblesville, Indiana, is demonstrating this shift through their partnership with the Ethiopian nonprofit Berhan Yehun. Their partnership is a wonderful example of how a short-term missions program based on best practices can take a family-strengthening approach. Grace Church believes that the best place for a child is in the family. Caring for the vulnerable is a central tenet of their missions work, so when they learned about the ways poverty can lead to child-family separation, they [...]

6 Ways Churches Can Use Short-Term Missions to Promote Family-Based Care2021-01-12T16:38:04-05:00

Transitioning to Family Care for Children: A Guidance Manual French and Spanish Translations Now Available

The Faith to Action Initiative is excited to announce the Transitioning to Family Care for Children: A Guidance Manual has been translated into both French and Spanish languages. This manual provides practical guidance and tools for churches, faith-based organizations, donors, and others who are transitioning care for children away from residential care to care within families. This resource 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 Guidance Manual provides an overview of the key concepts and steps that are important to [...]

Transitioning to Family Care for Children: A Guidance Manual French and Spanish Translations Now Available2020-05-04T12:48:27-04:00
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