Advocate Locally, Serve Globally!
Are you a Christian social worker who is passionate about child protection in the developing world?
If so, sign up for information about our upcoming Global Child Advocate training which launches in 2018! The focus is on protecting orphaned and vulnerable children through family-based care.
The Need for a Safe Transformation
Millions of children globally, are growing up in orphanages, but statistics show that most of those children have parents or extended families who would love to care for them if they had the support to do so. The sheer existence of an orphanage in a poor community can pull children away from good families because parents believe the orphanage can do better.
As Social Workers, we know that children thrive in healthy families and institutional care can lead to a lifetime of vulnerability and attachment disorders. As governments and organizations are seeing these outcomes for children, there is a global shift happening away from the orphanage model towards family-based care. While this is positive in theory, many organizations do not have the social work capacity to ensure children are safe in the process.
This is where YOU come in!
As a social worker, your professional expertise can carry a lot of weight. You can educate your church and local networks about children’s best interest and family-based alternatives. You can prevent family separation and allow more children to grow up with the family God gave them.
For social workers interested in international service opportunities, the training program we’re launching will build on your current skills. It will equip you provide onsite training and assistance for organizations seeking to transition children into loving families in the safest way possible.
For a Christian perspective on the movement, watch a World Without Orphans:
To learn about another side of the issue, watch: The Orphan Myth: Keeping Families Together:
For research about the issue, read Faith to Action’s Children, Orphanages and Families.
The Global Child Advocate training is a collaboration from global experts, including the SFAC team who has provided family-based care training around the world. While becoming an advocate, you’ll earn accredited continuing education credit hours as well.
Following successful completion of the course, those interested in international service opportunities can enter the screening process to be certified as a Global Child Advocate.
Ready to give children #familiesnotorphanages?
Fund a Transformation
If you have a heart for orphaned children, we need your help! We rely on generous donors like you to fund our volunteer Global Child Advocates’ transportation and field costs, and to continue developing tools that will help us reach more children with the good news of family.