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New Guidelines for Reintegration of Children into Families

A coalition of leading aid and development agencies this week is rolling out first-of-their-kind “Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration.” These guidelines are designed to provide practitioners, governments, NGOs and other key actors in child welfare with both principles and practical guidance for effective reintegration of children separated from their families for a wide range of reasons, […]


A Moving Short Film: My Friend John

The five-minute film My Friend John gives the firsthand story of two boys, friends on the streets of Kitale, Kenya.   This true tale is all the more powerful for its simplicity. It is understated, yet heavy with both beauty and ache. The film speaks for itself. But I’d like to thank its maker – a […]


Southern African Leaders Gather for the Fatherless

Sixty leaders from thirteen nations in Southern Africa gathered recently in Pretoria, South Africa. The Southern Africa Leadership Forum, coordinated by Together Africa Without Orphans (TAWO), was designed to motivate participants, churches and NGO’s to work together to promote and support family based care and family preservation around the African continent. Comprised of lawyers, church […]


Turning the Hearts of the Fathers to the Children

The simple role of father is to give provision and protection for his family. But Fatherhood goes much deeper – developing the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and financial well-being of the child. To do this, dads need to be present in their children’s lives. Yet so many children today around the world are growing up fatherless. […]


Building Local Capacity through Short Term Missions

It’s mid-summer in the US, and that means hundreds, if not thousands, of Christians are departing and returning from short-term missions around the world. Many of these teams visit orphans in developing nations, conduct Vacation Bible Schools, assist with building projects, and share the love of Christ with everyone they come to meet. For many […]


Happy Independence Day! Or is it?

Throughout their young lives, we prepare our children for independence. From a young age, we teach them to be careful around strangers, look both ways before crossing the street, and eat their vegetables. As they enter school-age, we praise their accomplishments and stick with them through their challenges, and attend their games, recitals and plays. […]