Further Reading

Families not Orphanages 

Better Care Network (Williamson and Greenberg)

Misguided Kindness 

Save the Children

Keeping children out of harmful institutions 

Save the Children

Understanding the effects of maltreatment on brain development

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Children, Orphanages and Families 

Faith to Action

Guidelines for the Alternative Care for Children

United Nations

Biblical References about caring for the vulnerable

  • Jesus referred to God as His Father - John 8:19 (You don't know me or my Father)
  • The Bible refers to God being our Father - Deut 32:6 (He is our Father and creator)
  • We are God's children and able to call Him, Abba Father - Rom 8:15
  • God (himself) defends the cause of the fatherless - Deut 10: 12-20
  • Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, fatherless or widow - Deut 27:19
  • God is the helper of the fatherless - Psalm 10:14
  • God defends the cause of the fatherless - Psalm 10:18
  • God is a father to the fatherless. (George Muller's inspirational challenge) - Psalm 68:5
  • God sustains the fatherless - Psalm 146:7-9
  • Do what is right and defend the cause of the fatherless - Isaiah 1:16-17
  • Provide shelter for the poor wanderer. (Could this be an abandoned child living on the streets?) - Isaiah 58:6-12
  • Jesus himself attended to the needs of children even when the society in which he lived placed little value on children's lives - Matt 10:13-16, Matt 18:1-6
  • Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is to look after orphans (fatherless) and widows in their distress - James 1:27
  • God puts the lonely into families - Psalm 68:6