As mentioned, orphan care may mean different things to different people. A Child’s Hope Int’l is primarily an orphan care advocacy organization that works to motivate and mobilize the church to care for the orphan. Our model offers a variety of ways for the church to become engaged, thereby allowing the church to personalize their approach based upon their ability and personality.
The following table shows the components currently supported by A Child’s Hope Int’l within our orphan care model.
CARE COMPONENT WHAT IT MEANS HOW WE ACCOMPLISH THIS
Advocacy programs Speaking, writing, publishing and promoting the facts surrounding the magnitude of the orphan care crisis Speaking engagements at area churches
Educational programs offered through Journey to the Fatherless material
Information presented at all Hands Against Hunger programs - over 45,000 volunteers have heard this presentation
Assistance programs Includes food, water, education, clothing, medical and special needs that assist the orphan We have produced over 18 million high protein meals for orphans and vulnerable children - on average 10,000 high protein meals are served daily - every day
Funded fresh water wells for children in India
Medical supplies, educational material, clothing and necessities for orphans in Ukraine
Produced over 1.5 million gallons of clean drinking water in partnership with P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water program
Church partnerships Helping churches become personally involved with caring for orphans (locally and internationally) with specific opportunities Speaking engagements at area churches
Several churches support the work of orphan care through their missions budget or annual fund
Through the work of the Hands Against Hunger program countless families have begun their adoption journey even before their church ever started an orphan care ministry
Educational Providing the resources (financial and supplies) that help orphans gain access to educational services Our web site offers a variety of informational resources to guide churches and groups
Financial Assistance to families that adopt, provide foster care or with assistance to the direct needs of orphans The Linsley Scholarship Fund helps foster care graduates with their post high school education
The A Child's Hope Adoption Fund assists qualified families with a one time financial gift to assist in completing their adoption
Pre and post adoption education Helping individuals and families through the process of adoption Journey to the Fatherless is a core program for the church (pastors, elders, mission staff and ministry leaders) and interested families
Offered as a standalone text or a complete resource for a Sunday School class, small group or for personal study
Although many may want to pursue foster care, adoption or caring for orphans, they often lack the resources to fully understand the process
Support Orphan care works best when it is church based and holistic The Wrap Around Model details in Journey to the Fatherless was designed to engage the people of the local church in fulfilling James 1:27 in ways that fit their stage of life and abilities.