Child Protection and Welfare

Family is the most natural state for children to be in. That belief is at the heart of Bethany Global’s mission. Bethany Global Services is dedicated to caring for orphans and vulnerable children wherever they may live. With innovative yet proven models of family-based care, we impact the lives of over 66,000 children in more than 14 countries each year.

Bethany Global Services is unique in its approach to caring for vulnerable children. Our programs address the complex social factors that place children at risk, providing the various forms of support families need to keep their children safe and healthy. Plus, by mobilizing in-country partners, Bethany ministers to families in a sustainable and culturally appropriate way, helping to ensure that the positive outcomes can be maintained.

It’s this holistic approach that makes Bethany Global Services so innovative and so successful — and that makes Bethany such a trusted partner internationally.

Bringing Families Together, Keeping Families Together

Bethany Global has one goal: to ensure every child has a loving family. As a leader in social services, Bethany leverages its knowledge and experience to keep families together and to find new families for children who need them.

By providing families with a full range of support — economic, emotional, and spiritual — Bethany empowers those families to better care for their children. Healthy, sustainable, loving homes provide children with the environment they need to remain physically and mentally well, which in turn allows them to pursue education and work toward personal goals.

In situations where children are without loving families, Bethany Global works to provide them. We’ve introduced Foster-to-Adopt programs in countries with no previous tradition of adopting unrelated children. By partnering with local agencies, we ensure families are adequately equipped to care for foster and adoptive children so the entire family is strengthened.

Family Preservation

Across the globe, many circumstances conspire to fragment families — poverty, illness, violence, catastrophes. At Bethany Global, we believe that families can weather these challenges with the right support. Our innovative family preservation programs target the underlying causes of family disintegration, strengthening families so that they’re better able to protect their children.

Programs like Economic Empowerment through Micro-Enterprise help caregivers and their communities become financially secure. Bethany Global provides financial assistance, business and skills training, and support for community micro-finance cooperatives to help communities achieve and maintain economic independence.

Understanding the cultural influences on a community and family is essential to providing support. Bethany partners with in-country organizations to ensure our interventions are culturally appropriate and provide ongoing, community-based support. Schools, health clinics, and churches all become valuable links between the available resources and those who need them.

Foster Care

At Bethany Global, we know children are best served by families — we see the evidence of it every day. Unfortunately, thousands of children around the world are without the protection of family. Bethany Global is working to change that with their foster care and Foster-to-Adopt programs.

Institutional care such as orphanages and group homes may fulfill children’s basic needs, but only the stable, intimate setting of family allows a child to truly thrive — not just physically but also psychologically, socially, and emotionally. We’ve pioneered foster care and Foster-to-Adopt programs in several communities, with such success that other countries have invited us to develop similar programs.

Foster parents with Bethany Global receive training and support before, during, and after a child is placed in their care. Trained, professional partners offer guidance and resources on everything from nutrition to education to healthcare to general parenting.

Domestic Adoption

Our domestic adoption programs unite orphaned children and loving families within their own country of origin. Bethany is a leader in child welfare services, including domestic and international adoption and has demonstrated its integrity and high quality of service, earning accreditation through the Hague Convention for its commitment to the best interests of adopted children. Our domestic adoption programs bring the same level of professionalism and dedication to in-country adoptions.

Across the globe, a host of factors such as poverty, disease, abandonment, abuse, natural disasters and crisis situations have left more than 150 million children without permanent homes. Bethany Global is called to answer this need. Working with partners such as other NGOs, local adoption agencies and some governments, Bethany oversees assessments, training and monitoring to ensure that the adoption process meets our high standards.

Bethany is a leader in placing a child with a permanent family within their own country of origin.

Training

One important aspect of Bethany’s programming is life skills and economic empowerment training for youth, parents and pregnant women in the countries where we work. Bethany works with in-country partners to provide training on areas such as job skills, finances, making positive life choices, human rights and parenting. The goal is to provide the key skills and strategies that will ensure an independent and hopeful future.

One important aspect of Bethany’s programming is life skills and economic empowerment training for youth, parents and pregnant women in the countries where we work. Bethany works with in-country partners to provide training on areas such as job skills, finances, making positive life choices, human rights and parenting. The goal is to provide the key skills and strategies that will ensure an independent and hopeful future.

Case Management

Bethany maintains the highest level of standards to professional, supportive and responsive Case Management.

Our practice includes regular home visits, maintenance of a file for each child including detailed assessment reports and case notes to accompany the child’s service plan. Our case workers are trained in social work values and principles, comprehensive assessment (emotional and physical health as well as assessing the family system as a whole), grief and loss, child development and trauma, as well as providing resources and referrals to other local supportive services. The underpinning for a successful, loving and permanent placement is open and transparent communication between workers and families/children.

At Bethany, we believe that effective case management is key to our successful foster care and child protection programs.

Our practice includes regular home visits, maintenance of a file for each child including detailed assessment reports and case notes

Recent Blog Posts

A Truly Christian Act

Posted by bethany on Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Written by Bill Blacquiere, President & CEO Each day, I am privileged to bear witness to the joy and satisfaction that flows from helping to create a healthy, thriving family. I am reminded of the quote by writer Richard Bach: “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” This quote captures the spirit of so much of what we do at Bethany Christian Services, including the One Family program. This global ministry …

A Truly Christian Act

Posted by bethany on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Written by Bill Blacquiere, President & CEO Each day, I am privileged to bear witness to the joy and satisfaction that flows from helping to create a healthy, thriving family. I am reminded of …

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Family Bond

Posted by bethany on Monday, November 03, 2014

Contributed by Dr. Rhonda Littleton, who serves as Minister of Children for First Baptist Church in Simpsonville, South Carolina, and leads A Home for Me foster/adoption ministry. Over the past ten …

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A God-Sized Dream . . . Welcome Home, Michael!

Posted by bethany on Monday, October 27, 2014

by Kelsey Golden, adoptive mother and strong advocate for vulnerable children waiting for their families. Two years ago, Dan and I didn’t know if we’d have children. But then I saw his …

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The Power of Community

Posted by bethany on Monday, October 06, 2014

Today’s blog is contributed by Dennis Feaster, PhD, LMSW. Dennis is an assistant professor at Hope College in the Sociology and Social Work department. People probably get tired of hearing me …

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A "Heart-Knit Home" for Michael ... One of These 400

Posted by bethany on Wednesday, October 01, 2014

We are thrilled to share with you one of our first placements from the These 400 Campaign! Little Michael has found his forever family with Dan and Kelsey Golden. Here, Kelsey holds her son …

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