Resources

These are resources recommended by Orphan’s Joy for the care of orphans.

FAITH TO ACTION INITIATIVE

This is a faith-based charity operating out of Washington, DC which offers many free resources for organizations working with orphans.

CHILDREN, ORPHANAGES, AND FAMILIES: A SUMMARY OF RESEARCH TO GUIDE FAITH-BASED ACTION

This resource is a summary of evidence-based information about the best ways to care for orphans and children separated from parental care.  It provides an overview of research and findings demonstrating the positive impact of family care on children’s growth and development and the harmful effects of long-term institutional care.

A CONTINUUM OF CARE FOR ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN

This guide provides an overview of a range of alternative care options for children who have been separated from parental care. In keeping with research and evidence-based guidance on the importance of family in the life of a child, the continuum places a high priority on family care while also recognizing the role that temporary residential care and small group homes can play in the spectrum of options to meet individual situations and needs.

TRANSITIONING TO FAMILY CARE FOR CHILDREN: A GUIDANCE MANUAL and TOOLKIT

This in-depth resource provides helpful information and tools for transitioning children’s care away from residential care to care within families. It provides an introduction to and overview of the key steps in transitioning to family care.  It has been developed along with a companion Transitioning to Family Care for Children Tool Kit to support efforts to ensure that children grow up in the love and care of families.  The Toolkit also offers country-specific case studies and guidance (see tab on bottom right of Toolkit main page).

The following resources from the Faith To Action Initiative are helpful to churches, pastors, lay persons, students, mission teams, and others seeking to help.  They provide examples of orphan care ministries and long-standing partnerships grounded in faith, prayer, and experience.

FROM FAITH TO ACTION

This resource is a guide to faith-based groups seeking to contribute their resources to support the needs of children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.  It focuses on effective faith-based groups already making a difference in Sub-Sahara Africa.

JOURNEYS OF FAITH

This resource provides examples of orphan care ministries and long-standing partnerships grounded in faith, prayer, and experience.  It is as an introduction and a stepping-stone to inspire and inform through the stories and the lessons learned by them. This resource is more in-depth.

HOPE AND HOMES FOR CHILDREN

Hope and Homes for Children is a global expert in the field of deinstitutionalization. By closing institutions, supporting children into loving, stable families and working with governments to tackle the root causes of family breakdown, they are working towards a day where orphanages have been eradicated for good.

Hope and Homes For Children helps those doing orphan care to evaluate their need and resources to work toward family care.  They also work alongside government representatives to use their experience and leverage funding from international organizations as a catalyst for child-protection reform.

We have been greatly helped by the advice and expertise of Dr. Delia Pop, the Director of Programmes and Global Advocacy at Hope and Homes for Children.  Over the past 15 years Delia has developed training materials that will aid global child protection reform, including articles published by UNICEF .  Delia has been elected as President of Child Rights Connect, the global child rights network connecting the daily lives of children to the United Nations.

GOD MADE ALL OF ME

This children’s book equips parents or caregivers to talk with both boys and girls about their bodies and to help them understand the difference between the appropriate and inappropriate touch of others in order to build a first line of defense against sexual abuse in the safety of a child’s home. Also included in their site are CHILD ABUSE STATISTICS.

CHILDREN DESIRING GOD

This ministry offers God-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting resources so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart. CDG also partners with international churches to translate their resources into native languages.