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What books should I be reading to learn about ethical orphan care?

What books should I be reading to learn about ethical orphan care?

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If you’re looking for a good book to capture the story and the practice of ethical orphan care, there have been a handful of books that you can dive into. Here are some that we recommend.

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  • ORPHAN JUSTICE BY JOHNNY CARR
    Christians are clearly called to care for orphans, a group so close to the heart of Jesus. In reality, most of the orphaned and vulnerable children in the world do not need to be adopted, and not everyone needs to become an adoptive parent. However, there are other very important ways to help beyond adoption. Johnny Carr moves readers from talking about global orphan care to actually doing something about it in Orphan Justice.

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  • CHILDREN BELONG IN FAMILIES BY MICK PEASE
    For too long, the world’s lonely and vulnerable children have been forgotten and ignored. Millions of children are abandoned for a life on the streets or live with unsafe families or in soulless institutions. Now the tide is turning. Pioneers like Mick Pease and his remarkable charity SFAC lead a global movement for change. This insightful and uplifting book takes us on a journey that spans three decades and five continents. We meet judges and social workers, missionaries and aid workers, the children and families themselves.

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  • AS MANY AS THE STARS BY ROBERT GLOVER
    As Many as the Stars tells the story of how one man moved with his wife and six young children from the UK to China to follow God’s call. Robert Glover was a social worker in the East of England who went on to radically transform Chinese government’s policy on care welfare. In conversations with the Chinese government Robert fought to show that family-based fostering and adoption was a better alternative to the system of state-sponsored orphanages.

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  • IN PURSUIT OF ORPHAN EXCELLENCE BY PHIL DARKE AND KEITH MCFARLAND
    In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence frames a conversation involving fifteen authors from orphan care organizations around the world. After discussing why everyone in the world should care to the core about caring for orphans, In Pursuit examines a framework of what excellent, best-practice orphan care looks like in situations where kinship care, legal adoption, quality foster care, or reunification with biological family is not possible, feasible, or likely to occur.

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  • THE URBAN HALO BY CRAIG GREENFIELD 
    The inspiring story of one family’s years in a Cambodian slum establishing an innovative ministry caring for over a thousand orphans. As the poor became their neighbours and their friends, a distinctive ministry began to emerge, transforming the lives of hundreds of vulnerable children, and empowering the poor to care for their own orphans. Not just a strong critique of orphanages, The Urban Halo offers the inspiring story of an alternative model of care for vulnerable children.

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  • IN DEFENSE OF THE FATHERLESS BY SARA BRINTON AND AMANDA BENNETT
    Designed as a practical resource for Christian families and churches, the book empowers and inspires Christians to reform international adoption and orphan care. In Defense of the Fatherless casts a powerful vision for the end of the orphan crisis, inviting Christians to protect and provide for orphans and widows in response to God’s mercy.

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  • MY LONG JOURNEY BACK HOME BY EMMANUEL NABIEU
    Is it possible to overcome trauma and bitterness? How can you rise above difficult life circumstances and cultivate joy? Emmanuel Nabieu’s memoir is an inspiring example of resiliency in action. His childhood was brutally disrupted by the civil war in Sierra Leone. After being ripped away from his loving family, he survived life on the streets and was eventually enrolled in an orphanage. This is the story of how he used his experiences to transform his life and the lives of countless vulnerable children and families.

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