In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence is a recently published book that brings together multiple contributors with combined lifetimes of experience caring for orphans around the world. I think this is going to be a great resource for all who are currently involved in orphan care, and also for those who want to learn how to enter into this important work with wisdom. I'm encouraged by the recent rise of books like this from Christians involved in different kinds of international development work, because they are showing that there is an increased value being placed on gaining wisdom from past experiences. We need more humility and grace in the work we do, because rather than working to complete projects or build better programs, we ultimately need to be working to love God and love people better.
Here's the description on Amazon:
How can we love with excellence the millions of orphaned and vulnerable children in our world who have lost their parents, have no relatives to love them well, and likely will not be adopted?
In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence frames a conversation around this question through a collaborative effort involving fifteen authors from orphan care organizations around the world, bringing to the table an often-neglected component of orphan care. After discussing why everyone in the world, Christian and non-Christian alike, should care to the core about caring for orphans, In Pursuit examines a framework—from family to spiritual formation (and a whole lot in between)—of what excellent, best-practice orphan care looks like in situations where kinship care, legal adoption, quality foster care, or reunification with biological family is not possible, feasible, or likely to occur.
As you read this book, you will be invited to learn from others seeking best-practice orphan care, engage in the conversation, and advocate for orphans around the world . . . and in your own backyard.