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.

Review several scripture references regarding family care and orphans. Read More

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

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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