The resources listed here will help prepare you to know best practices for supporting and nurturing children.
- Start by going through Why Familes Matter, a six-part Bible study (or something relevant to another role).
- Next, read Exploring the Continuum of Care and think about ways to apply what you learn through supporting efforts in your community.
- At this point, you are ready to meet with others in your community to pray for direction. Together, explore the resources available in your community that serve orphans and vulnerable children. Identify unmet needs and pray about how to use your skills and resources to meet them.
- Explore the Alongsider app "School of Destiny". This is a discipleship resource for young people who are discipling orphans and vulnrable children.
- Review the list of resources below and select those that you think will prepares you to reach out to others.
- Use the Living Refreshed page resources to support your personal walk with the Lord as you travel this path.
Tolik grew up in an orphanage, but longed for family. Hear the story of how God answered his prayer.Read more
Spiritual Training: Group Study Guide
A Study Guide For Churches, produced by Viva
This Toolkit describes from the Bible why children matter and how God created families to nurture and care for children. Christian leaders need to help build strong families where children are loved and cared for, and where children without families are embraced into a new family. Open the Why Families Matter Study Guide Open the Why Families...Read more
Understanding Care of Orphans: Online Interactive Resource
Overview of Care: Orphans and Vulnerable Children; produced by Faith to Action
The continuum of care interactive graphic depicts an overview of the different types of care to consider when a child is separated from family care. The colorful graphic allows you to explore each topic on the continuum of care through links to short narratives, helpful resources, and inspirational examples. Visit the Web-based tool to explore The Continuum of CareRead more
Back2Back Ministries’ Introduction to Trauma Competent Caregiving allows caring adults to gain a foundational understanding of why kids from “hard places” experience the behavioral and emotional challenges they do. This comprehensive overview is great for anyone who wants to become a safe person in the life of a child — including foster and adoptive...Read more
Discipling Teens: Online Application
Youth Discipleship and Training
Alongsiders International mobilizes and equips young Christians in the developing world to walk alongside those who walk alone in their own communities: orphans and vulnerable children.The App includes 27 discipleship Comic Books that have been adapted and translated into 23 languages, along with video testimonies, and is being used in Asia, Africa,...Read more
Parenting Training: Workbook
30-Day Discovery For Families Growing Through Foster Care and Adoption by Pam Parish
Ready or Not is a resource designed to guide potential foster or adoptive parents to prayerfully consider their calling to reflect God’s heart for orphaned and at-risk children. It is designed to be used by parents or as part of a group study. Open the 30-Day Discovery pdfRead more
Capacity Building: Congregational Training
Mobilizing the Church for Action
Developed by Home for Good, this is a group discussion guide that challenges congregations to prayerfully respond to the needs of vulnerable children in their community. It also provides practical action steps to take. Download Opportunities for Service for the Local Church DocumentRead more
Spiritual Training: Sermon Outline
Developed by Krish Kandiah, founder and director of Home for Good.
The sermon outline addresses the topic of adoption from the perspective of Christian believers being the adopted family of God. It lays a Biblical foundation for the church caring for the world’s vulnerable children through fostering and adopting. A good resource for preparing to speak to a church congregation or group of believers. Download Sermon Outline: Adopted: Romans 8 DocumentRead more
Spiritual Foundations: Sunday School Lesson
Children’s Sunday School Lesson plan developed by Kay Morgan-Gurr, former director of Children Worldwide
Sunday school lesson about fostering and adoption help build into children the heart of God for orphans and vulnerable children. Download Sample Sunday School Lesson DocumentRead more
Capacity Building: Pastor Training Program
Working With Families in Crisis for Faith Leaders and Pastors by Ruby Johnston
Program materials for 10, three-hour training modules. The program is designed to equip pastors and faith leaders to engage their congregations and communities in recognizing and supporting families in crisis. Download the full Risk to Resiliency PDF Below are PowerPoint and Handout links to slide sets for each of the 10 sessions: Session 1...Read more
Capacity Building: Training Program
The Impact of Trauma on the Life of a Child by Ruby Johnston
This awareness-building workshop is designed to introduce participants to the topic of psychological trauma for children and how to build trauma competent care givers and service providers. It is a brief introduction into the more detailed Building Trauma Competent Care Providers® training series offered by the Global Capacity Building Network and...Read more
Nurturing Orphaned and Vulnerable Children: Online Training
From Residential Care to Families; produced by Faith to Action
The Online Training is an in-depth, guided learning process that aims to come alongside those who want to build their knowledge and think critically about how to transition their ministries away from residential care to care within families. Register Now on Faith to Action InitiativeRead more
Capacity Building: PowerPoint Presentation
Preparing Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families in International Settings
This presentation outlines the community infrastructure required to support healthy fostering and adoption. Produced by LAMb International, this can be used by those in government, church or non-profit leadership to lay a foundation for developing a culture for caring for vulnerable children in families. Download PowerPoint materials on critical...Read more
Mentoring Boys: Toolkit
Teaching Respect, Integrity and Non-violence in Relationships; Sponsored by Futures Without Violence
Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) is an evidence-based prevention program that trains and motivates high school coaches to teach their young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength. The toolkit includes everything needed to successfully deliver the Coaching Boys Into Men Card Series Curriculum. Coaching Boys...Read more