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The journey many of our children go on

What is a journey?

In the simplest, most literal terms, a journey is a trip. But as all of us who have travelled – literally or figuratively – know, it encompasses much more than the movement from where we are today to where we will be tomorrow or in 10 years.

For vulnerable children and orphans, the journey from the pain of their past to a future of hope and wholeness is one with many starts and stops, inevitable disappointments, and hard-won victories.

For many years, residential care was the solution, the destination of the journey of a homeless child, whether the reason for homelessness is the death of or abandonment by the child’s parents, separation from family by war or other calamities, or abuse that makes it impossible for a child to return home.

While we understand that a quality residential option is often a necessary “rest stop” on a child’s journey, we firmly believe that the best long-term option is a real family. This could mean reunification with biological family, or when this is impossible, careful placement of a child inside a loving Christian family in or near that child’s community.

That’s why with every stop along a child’s winding path, we look with confidence toward the real destination – family!

"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)

Posted on May 24th 2021

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