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Crossing the Sahara
This excellent article by the director of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, Jedd Medefind, addresses the hard question that so many of us have wrestled with: Given the struggle and sorrow that ...
Best Practice Strategies in Family & Community Care
The resources below 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 ...
Alternative Care for Children Without Parental Care
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 Importance of Family Care & 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 grave consequences this can pose for them emotionally, ...
Filling Your Bucket
Grab a cup of coffee and your bible and take some time to be encouraged by Greg Haswell, senior pastor at Northlands Church in Atlanta. What he shares is key for us adoptive and foster ...
Lifesong For Orphans Grant and Loan Application
In order to comply with IRS guidelines and ECFA best practice, we must receive the completed application before the placement of a child in your home. Adoption is Lifesong For Orphan's ...
Abba Fund Loan Application
YOUR COVENANT IS WITH GOD The ABBA Fund uses a “covenant” loan agreement purposefully – versus a more tradition legal agreement – because ABBA Fund is stewarding ...
Fed to Feed, Raised to Raise, Loved to Love
From Susan: I remember poignantly the first time I was faced with a challenge way beyond my resources. We were 16 years old and my best friend Teri proposed that we take lifesaving lessons ...
HIV & Street Youth in Russia and Ukraine
Two studies by the Centers for Disease Control show street youth with an extraordinarily high HIV seroprevalence. For youths who were both homeless and orphaned the rate of HIV-infection is even ...
How Can Churches Best Support Adoptive Families?
There are no easy formulas. Three views. Megan Hill, Jedd Medefind, and Johnny Carr While there are no easy formulas, this article from Christianity Today shares three views on how churches can best ...
Competencies for Independent Living Services
For Independent Living programs to be effective, emancipation activities for youth should be jointly planned and implemented by the youth's caseworker and the youth's foster caregiver, mentor ...
Solving Poverty Is Rocket Science: Doing a better job responding to the complexity of poverty
Christians are among America’s most compassionate people. But we can do a better job responding to the complexity of poverty. This great article from the President of World Vision not only ...
Connect the Pillars: Leadership and loving orphans
This blog post from Susan Hillis shares the importance of connecting both with pillars around you (mom, dads, and leaders called to love orphans), but also connecting vertically to THE true ...
Ending the Orphan Crisis
God’s adoption plan provides the church with the perfect ministry model. "At the heart of orphan care at Saddleback Church is the desire to end the orphan crisis. We believe every ...
Pursuing Mercy & Justice and Coming to Jesus
This artircle from Together for Adoption's Dan Cruver serves as a great reminder of what our primary purpose as a church and as Christians should be. Read the article now. ...
What's Next? Using Routines to Help Abused Kids
You can’t change that! Robert, a nine-year old boy that I cared for at an orphanage, was very sensitive to change.   One day as I was looking at our daily ...
Orphan Care Without Orphanages
Do you have a heart for orphans? Are you a family who has adopted – or who feels called to adopt? Are you a Christian pastor or leader who wants to start an orphan care ministry? Do you have a ...
You Can't Manufacture Orphan Care
There are certain things in churches we can create that people will participate in – i.e. worship services, pot-luck dinners, small groups, children’s ministries and basketball ...
What Orphans Need: Christians Who Live in the Joy of Their Father’s Delight
When Christians are unsure of their Father’s delight in them, real Christian joy is absent and passionate Christian living is lacking. It is almost impossible (if not entirely impossible) to ...
The Story of the Gospel in Orphan Care
Several months ago a newborn baby girl entered our lives and changed us forever. She was born the victim of heinous abuse, the defenseless recipient of an agregious crime. On what would ...
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