Preparing caregivers to help children understand their past, build relationships centered on trust, and grow to their full potential.

A few years ago we at Lifeline stood on the corner of a social welfare institute and had a civil affairs director tell us a story of a Christian ministry that had visited the previous month. He said the previous team all wore matching t-shirts that read, “Caring for the least of these.” Each member of the group loved on the kids and they all took lots of pictures, but the Director then turned toward us and said, “this type of team isn’t what we need, “the least of these” aren’t my children, they are my caregivers who are overworked, under paid, and ill prepared to equip these children for the realities they soon would be facing.”  He begged for more than smiles, games, and taking pictures.  He longed for his caregivers to receive training so they could train others and impact the children’s lives.

The role of a caregiver in the life of an orphan can have a profound effect on a child’s life trajectory. Seeing this need for caregivers to be equipped in numerous countries and understanding the foundational role that a caregiver plays in a child’s development was why this training was formed. The focus of this training is designed to equip caregivers to help children understand their past, build relationships centered on trust and grow to their full potential.

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To receive more information about this training and learn how it can be adapted and contextualized to any culture to serve your needs, please email lset@lifelinechild.org.