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The Care Conference: Vulnerable Children & Viable Communities

On this page, you will find a list of books held by Zondervan Library which relate directly to the keynotes and breakout sessions. Feel free to come to the Ask desk for assistance in locating any of theseor othertitles.

For more information about each of the conference itself, including a full schedule and list of speakers, click here.

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A Passion for the Fatherless - Daniel Bennett
Call Number: 261.83273 B439p
ISBN: 9780825443756
Publication Date: 2014
A Passion for the Fatherless exposes believers to the Scriptural mandate to care for orphans, helps them understand why God has issued that call, and equips them to joyfully respond to that call. Bennett provides a sturdy theological foundation for a ministry to the disenfranchised--the orphan--and then shows how churches can build on these biblical foundations to implement or improve an orphan care program and to equip care-givers. With "how-to" practicality, this book focuses on total orphan care ministry and not just adoption, including a wide range of activities intended to get the whole church involved: domestic and international adoption, foster care, counseling, congregational funding, overseas mission trips, prayer ministry, and so on. The temptation in a church can be to see orphan care as a ministry for couples of child-bearing age. This approach fails to make wise use of the incredible resources of energetic young people, empty-nesters with newfound freedom, or older saints who have some time with which they desire to be good stewards.

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The Lost Boy - Dave Pelzer
Call Number: 362.76 P36l
ISBN: 9781558745155
Publication Date: 1997
This volume is the second installment of a trilogy of books which depict the life of the author, who as a young boy who was physically, emotionally, and psychologically abused by his obsessive mother. The book discusses Pelzer's struggling with his ability to fit in and adapt to the new environment around him as he is put into foster care. It also talks about the kindness of his foster parents and other people around him as well as his inability to brush his mother aside.

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Attaching in Adoption - Deborah D. Gray
Call Number: 362.734 G778a
ISBN: 9780944934296
Publication Date: 2002
For adoptive parents of children who have challenges in attachment because of neglect, grief, abuse, or prenatal exposure to substances. Provides sound theory, research outcomes, sensitive encouragement, calming support, and practical tools for families and those who work with them. A book destined to become a 21st century classic in the field of adoption and fostering.

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Vulnerable Children - Deborah J. Johnson (Editor); DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga (Editor); Robert K. Hitchcock (Editor)
Call Number: 305.23 J631v
ISBN: 9781461467793
Publication Date: 2013
Covering millions of young victims of war, poverty and disease, who are deprived of home, family and basic human rights, this book analyzes current intervention programs and identifies challenges that must be met in the community and at broader policy levels.

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No Room at the Table - Donald H. Dunson
Call Number: 305.23 D923n
ISBN: 9781570754913
Publication Date: 2003
Overwhelmed by poverty, war, hunger and separation from family and friends, they are not allowed to be children. Each chapter in this book tells several children's stories as it probes the reasons behind their plights, from New Orleans to the Sudan.

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Understanding God's Heart for Children - Doug McConnell (Editor); Jennifer Orona (Editor); Paul Stockley (Editor)
Call Number: 231.04 Un22M
ISBN: 9781934068472
Publication Date: 2007
Based on Viva Network's 2005 Cutting Edge conference, this book delves into the theological foundation for ministry to children at risk by tracing the biblical narrative from Genesis to Revelation. Practitioners, teachers, and theologians develop seven key themes that provide an overview of a kingdom approach describing our responsibility to, for and with children, reminding us that children are a key element in the human experience.

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A Generation at Risk - Geoff Foster (Editor); Carol Levine (Editor); John Williamson (Editor)
Call Number: 362.1969792 G286F
ISBN: 9780521696166
Publication Date: 2006
An insightful study on children orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic with a Foreword by Desmond Tutu.

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Orphans of the Living - Jennifer Toth
Call Number: 362.733 T71o
ISBN: 9780684800974
Publication Date: 1997
In the first book of its kind, Toth presents the stories of five kids caught in a system in crisis, and chronicles the complexities of a culture that both liberates and hobbles its dependents. In addition to speaking to social workers, judges, officers, counselors, and psychologists, as well as to the remnants of shattered families who can't or won't raise their own children, Toth goes directly to the kids.

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Orphan Justice - Johnny Carr; Laura Faidley; Laura Captari
Call Number: 261.83271 C230o
ISBN: 9781433677984
Publication Date: 2013
Christians are clearly called to care for orphans, a group so close to the heart of Jesus. In reality, most of the 153 million orphaned and vulnerable children in the world do not need to be adopted, and not everyone needs to become an adoptive parent. However, there are other very important ways to help beyond adoption. Indeed, caring for orphaned and vulnerable children requires us to care about related issues from child trafficking and HIV/AIDS to racism and poverty. Too often, we only discuss or theologize the issues, relegating the responsibility to governments. No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Based on his own personal journey toward pure religion, Johnny Carr moves readers from talking about global orphan care to actually doing something about it in Orphan Justice. Combining biblical truth with the latest research, this inspiring book investigates the orphan care and adoption movement in the U.S. today, examines new data on the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children, connects "liberal issues" together as critical aspects or orphan care, discovers the role of the church worldwide in meeting these needs, develops a tangible, sustainable action plan using worldwide partnerships, fleshes out the why, what, and how of global orphan care, and offers practical steps to getting involved and making a difference.

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Dangerous Surrender - Kay Warren
Call Number: 248.4 W253d
ISBN: 9780310258902
Publication Date: 2007
Follows the author as she travels the globe to see firsthand how AIDS is destroying men, women, and children, capturing her passion and determination to make a difference as she exchanges her agenda for God's--and dares others to do the same.

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Home for Good: Making a Difference for Vulnerable Children - Krish Kandiah; Miriam Kandiah
Call Number: 248.845 K131h
ISBN: 9781444745337
Publication Date: 2014
Tying in to a nationwide joint campaign by the Evangelical Alliance and Care for the Family, Krish Kandiah wants us all to take seriously Jesus's call to 'suffer the little children' by engaging with the needs of the many thousands of children up and down the country who are in care and whom the church could and should be helping. Krish and his wife Miriam have adopted and fostered children themselves and their experience - and that of the many others in this book - is very different from the popular myth which suggests social services seek to prevent Christians from getting involved. Krish argues that whatever the state's stance may be, it is a part of our calling as God's church to get involved where it's hardest, and to help these children out of the tough realities they find themselves in.

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Journey to the Fatherless - Lawrence E. Bergeron
Call Number: 362.7 B453j
ISBN: 9781449737160
Publication Date: 2012
Does the church care for the world's children? The evidence on display tells a troubling story with an ever-increasing number of orphans in the world, kids aging out of foster care, AIDS babies in Africa, and toddlers in Haiti whose hair has turned orange from severe protein deficiencies. What makes this situation especially tragic is that given our wealth, talent, and resources, the Church can be a powerful agent of change-and we have the biblical mandate to do so.

Do Christians have a responsibility to intercede for and sacrifice their resources for vulnerable children? What happens to the Church when we do? And when we don't? How do we begin? The Journey to the Fatherless is written by a former agnostic, corporate executive and inventor who was chased down by the Hound of Heaven. God then took him to the "fields of the fatherless" so he could experience what breaks the heart of God. What he discovered in serving the least of these has been captured for the Church to use to prepare others for their journey. The Journey takes the reader beyond Fields of the Fatherless and The Hole in Our Gospel into a deeper understanding of the problem and the biblical call to action.

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The Vulnerable Child - Richard Weissbourd
Call Number: 362.76 W43v
ISBN: 9780201483956
Publication Date: 1996
The Vulnerable Child takes us beyond stereotypes and superficial categorizations to provide a thorough examination of the true nature of childhood disadvantage. Richard Weissbourd interviewed hundreds of children and professionals from areas as diverse as Danville, Arkansas; New York City; Seattle; Boston; Chicago; and Baltimore. He also reexamined a broad spectrum of past and present research. What he found is that, while poverty and racial prejudice contribute greatly to the disadvantage of millions of children, in fact most children at risk are not poor, and there is much evidence to suggest that factors such as chronic parental stress and depression have a more powerful influence on a child's fate than whether or not there are two parents in the home or whether or not the family lives below the poverty line. The Vulnerable Child demonstrates why so many of our efforts to help children have failed. More important, it describes in detail programs that have approached disadvantage from this more perceptive and integrated perspective - in health care, in education, in child protective services, and in community policing - and have brilliantly succeeded. The two most fundamental lessons are that, to help kids, programs must strengthen parents, and programs must provide a ladder of meaningful opportunities. The Vulnerable Child not only shows us what can be done to help; it shows conclusively that the children needing help are not somehow "other." They are all America's children.

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When Helping Hurts - Steve Corbett; Brian Fikkert; John Perkins (Foreword by)
Call Number: 261.8325 C81w
ISBN: 9780802457059
Publication Date: 2009
Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in the use of strategies that do considerable harm to poor people and themselves. When Helping Hurts provides foundational concepts, clearly articulated general principles and relevant applications. The result is an effective and holistic ministry to the poor, not a truncated gospel. A situation is assessed for whether relief, rehabilitation, or development is the best response to a situation. Efforts are characterized by an "asset based" approach rather than a "needs based" approach. Short term mission efforts are addressed and microenterprise development (MED) is explored.

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Fields of the Fatherless - Tom Davis
Call Number: 248.4 D298f
ISBN: 9780781448475
Publication Date: 2008
In Bible times, God maintained a special provision for the less fortunate. As His people harvested their fields, they were instructed to always leave a portion of the crops for those in need. Today, God's heart continues to beat for the poor, the widows, and the fatherless. And as His children, our divine commission remains the same, a directive that's nothing less than the heart of the Chrisitan message. Author Tom Davis encourages us to move beyond words and become Christ to those in need. Filled with remarkable stories of hope and mercy, Fields of the Fatherless will inspire you to love 'the least of these' and discover the joy found in becoming the hands and feet of Christ.

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Orphanology - Tony Merida; Rick Morton; David Platt (Foreword by)
Call Number: 248.4 M543o
ISBN: 9781596693029
Publication Date: 2011
Orphan care is more than just adoption. At the heart of orphan care is grace that reconciles us with God and that we extend to others. Orphanology unveils the grassroots movement that's engaged in a comprehensive response to serve hundreds of millions of orphans and "functionally parentless" children. You will see a breadth of ways to care with biblical perspective and reasons why we must. Heartwarming, personal stories and vivid illustrations from a growing network of families, churches, and organizations that cross culture show how to respond to God's mandate. Discover how to adopt, assist orphans in transition, engage in foster care, partner with faith-based fostering agencies, or become orphan hosts.


Additional Books through ILLiad

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Reclaiming Adoption - Dan Cruver; John Piper; Scotty Smith; Richard Phillips; Jason Kovacs
ISBN: 9781456459505
Publication Date: 2010
One of the ambitious dreams that Reclaiming Adoption and its authors share with the Apostle Paul is that when Christians hear the word "adoption," they will think first about their adoption by God. As it now stands, Christians usually think first about the adoption of children. Reclaiming Adoption sets out to change this situation by providing breathtaking views of God's love for and delight in His children -- views that will free you to live boldly in this world from God's acceptance, not in order to gain it.

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The Connected Child - David R. Cross; Wendy Lyons Sunshine; Karyn B. Purvis
ISBN: 9780071475006
Publication Date: 2007
The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family--and addressing their special needs--requires care, consideration, and compassion. This book will help you build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child; effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorder; discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened.

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Adopted for Life - Russell D. Moore; C. J. Mahaney (Foreword by); Jack Graham; Randy Alcorn; Good News Publishers
ISBN: 9781581349115
Publication Date: 2009
A manifesto calling Christians to adopt children and to equip Christian families going through the process. Offers biblical foundations for adoption and identifies adoption as a Great Commission priority.

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Adoption: What Joseph of Nazareth Can Teach Us About This Tough Countercultural Choice - Russell D. Moore
ISBN: 9781433549915
Publication Date: 2015
Joseph of Nazareth was a good and honorable man. The adoptive father of Jesus, he stood by his wife and raised her son - even when it appeared that she had betrayed him. Such is the love of adoption. Adapted from Russell Moore's influential book Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches, this short volume calls Christians to seriously consider adoption for their own families and thus take a stand for children - born and unborn.

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A Guide to Adoption and Orphan Care - Russell Moore
ISBN: 9780615619194
Publication Date: 2012
The current adoption culture among Christians is a necessary and welcomed movement. Many people, however, don’t understand how the Bible directs and informs adoption. A Guide to Adoption and Orphan Care, edited by Russell D. Moore, seeks to help adoptive parents and churches better think about and practice adoption. First, the book presents biblical and theological foundations for adoption and orphan care. Next the book develops the implications of this foundation, then offers application for adoptive parents and pastors who want to cultivate an adoption culture in their churches.

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