Vulnerable Children and Foster Care

We don’t want to just help orphans – we want to end the orphan crisis. The only way to stop an orphan being an orphan is to make them a son or daughter of a loving family. Learn how you can find a family for every child and equip churches and parents with the skills to care for them. This program is modeled after the success in Rwanda, which has closed its orphanages as children have found permanent homes, and Orange County’s coalition of churches that are working together to empty the foster care system.

Hear the strategy behind the model that is working to empty the foster care system in Southern California from the church and government leaders developing it and learn how to get involved

In Orange County, a movement of local churches is mobilizing to tackle the issue of vulnerable children, partnering with local government to raise up foster and adoptive families to find a family for every child waiting and equip those families to best care for the developmental needs of those children. Hear from Scott Burdick is a Deputy Division Director of the County of Orange Social Services Agency’s Children and Family Service and Don Verleur, CEO of Olive Crest on strategies that assist churches to work with government and organizations to tackle widespread issues for the best interest of vulnerable children.

Learn directly from the leaders who helped empty orphanages in Rwanda

Mary Kamanzi, Director of the PEACE Plan in Rwanda,knows firsthand the importance of equipping the church with ministries that raise up and support adoptive families – she’s watched it empty the orphanages in her country.

An adoptive mother, Mary has been a leader in the PEACE Plan efforts to transition Rwanda from an institution-based child welfare system to a family-based system, effectively transitioning nearly 3,000 children out of Rwandan orphanages and into families by mobilizing local Rwandan churches.

Glean from the best in trauma-informed care for children from hard places

Trust-based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is an evidence based training offering renewed hope to caregivers and parents of kids from hard places. We’ve seen that these trauma-informed tools are instrumental for helping churches come alongside adoptive and foster parents, as well as any volunteer working with kids from hard places! In this track, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn about these tools directly from Amanda Purvis of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, the center that has developed and researched these ground breaking, proven methods.

Max McGhee

Initiative for Vulnerable Children
Saddleback Church

Mary Kamanzi

Executive Director
The PEACE Plan Rwanda

Scott Burdick

Orange County Social Services

Amanda Purvis

Texas Christian University
Trauma-Informed Care