Caring for the Vulnerable Child is a two-generation healing model created for families as a response to the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study. It is a creative and accessible four-piece curricula that integrates biblical principles with social science data on the effects of abandonment, abuse and loss on a developing child. Caring for the Vulnerable Child: Welcoming Children Who Have Experienced Neglect, Abandonment and Abuse by Steven and Celestia Tracy is the foundational resource for a ten-module connecting sequence that includes educational lesson plans (grades 1–3 and grades 4–6) and workbooks for both children and parents. These resources address difficult issues and behaviors vulnerable children struggle with: nightmares, anger, defiance, distrust, dishonesty and anxiety. The adult workbook, A Parent’s Journey to a Child’s Heart, guides parents and caregivers through personal reflections, creative games, grounding somatic exercises, and expressive art activities that equip them for the deeper connections a hurting child needs. Caring for the Vulnerable Child is designed to be utilized within multiple contexts to facilitate deeper connections between vulnerable children and the adults who love them: in churches as class curriculum, in organizations for staff trainings, in counselor offices as a supplemental resource, and in the home as a parenting guide.

Caring for the Vulnerable Child model will strengthen the adult-child bond in all families as well as develop emotional health and resiliency in children who have suffered loss, abuse, and other forms of trauma. This two-generational healing model helps both children and caregivers find healing rhythms both independently and as a family.

This Mending the Soul trauma care model for families creates a sustainable and Visible Difference by transforming not just individual lives but whole communities.

How to Get Involved

If you are a parent, grandparent, or caregiver who loves children and would like to be equipped to help them build resilience and emotional competence, then this program is for you. Caring for the Vulnerable Child resources and training will equip you to deepen the bond and heart connection every child needs with the adults who love them.

Traumatized children require specialized care and have more intense and complex needs than their non-traumatized peers. Caring for the Vulnerable Child will help you navigate these often-tumultuous situations.  

Get Trained

The online Caring for the Vulnerable Child training (releasing December 2018) is the foundational teaching resource for helping organizations and adults involved in the adoptive and Foster Care systems to better connect with the children in their care. It provides trauma-informed guidance in loving the whole child, and tools to increase emotional competency and facilitate two-generation, integrative healing. It also teaches empathy through instruction, modeling, and practice, and encourages secure attachments between child and adult.

Leader training

We will be offering Caring for the Vulnerable Child online training for leaders of organizations, churches, agencies, caregivers, and parents involved in foster / adoptive care and/or parents and church leaders who work with children. Caring for the Vulnerable Child is both a prevention curricula for all children and an after-care model designed for any child who has experienced loss, disrupted attachment, or abuse. Join our first online training that will begin January 2019. 

We look forward to meeting you.

Resources

Caring for the Vulnerable Child was developed because every child wants to be seen, heard, and known—and they especially want and need that connection with the adults who are responsible for their care. Mending the Soul offers resources to educate, equip, and support parents and caregivers of children made vulnerable by loss and abuse. Check us out.

Give

Your fully tax-deductible donation allows Mending the Soul to provide Caring for the Vulnerable Child resources and training to families in need locally and around the world. There is a desperate need for a biblical trauma care model such as Caring for the Vulnerable Child for families in pain. Every dollar donated has a far reaching effect as MTS’ sustainable model equips indigenous leaders for trauma care within their own communities. Thank you for partnering with MTS to help release this dynamic trauma care model for families everywhere.

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Caring for the Vulnerable Child is a creative and accessible four-piece curricula that integrates biblical principles with social science data on the effects of abandonment, abuse and loss on a developing child.

The four piece curricula for Caring for the Vulnerable Child will be available in our online store shortly after the publication and release of the materials in November 2018.

Pending Publication: November 5, 2018.

Resource Center

Mending the Soul has cataloged and researched relevant resources to support parents and caregivers of vulnerable children and the communities that serve them.

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