When we think of working with orphans and other vulnerable children, family isn’t often at the forefront of our minds. But why not? After all, they aren’t orphans because they don’t have money or new clothes or soft beds. They aren’t orphans because they have lice or don’t know their birthdays. They’re orphans because they don’t have families.
Too often, we provide money, clothes, food, lice treatments, and Christmas presents and leave it at that. But by doing so, we’re treating symptoms, not the disease. All of these things are necessary and beneficial to the kids- we’re making being an orphan more tolerable. But none of them change the fact that they’re orphans.
That’s why we at Story International are committed to family-based care. We strive to provide biological, extended, foster, and adoptive families with what they need to safely and properly care for their kids. By supporting families, we’re helping them create stories of togetherness, success, and love; and at the same time, ensuring that there are fewer orphans.
We base our family-based care model off of both social science and Biblical mandates. We encourage you to read more about why family-based care is best for children on our blog.
We support children and families in several ways through our specific programs: