Whole Child Initiative is the comprehensive approach to caring for children that recognizes and addresses the multi-dimensional aspects of a child’s life, physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual.

The comprehensive approach to caring for children

Whole Child Articles is your resource for information that helps you with caring for children. Whether you’re a parent, foster parent, adoptive parent, practically anyone who is involved in making an impression on children’s lives, this repository of WCI-approved reading material is vital for your continued growth as a caregiver.

Join the Whole Child Community! The Whole Child Community brings together parents and caregivers, a place where you can focus on topics and issues in parenting. Create your free account to join the community today.

Whole Child Training helps parents and caregivers improve their parenting through the lens of the Whole Child Initiative. With in depth focus on the development and behaviors of children, this training was designed with you in mind!

Whole Child Conference is the annual must-attend for parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, or just anyone who’s committed to the Whole Child Initiative’s unique and biblically based approach to impacting children’s lives in a comprehensive way.

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Purpose

Whole Child Initiative provides a framework through which redemptive caregiving can provide healing to forgotten, abused, and abandoned children. No area is unimportant.

Physical Development

Whole Child’s goal is to enhance a child’s physical functioning by assessing their medical, developmental, and sensory needs. Whole Child caregivers provide appropriate medical care, healthy nutritional options and opportunities for physical activity, rest, and healthy touch.

Educational Success

Whole Child’s goal is to ensure a child is regularly assessed to determine maximum cognitive functioning according to his ability. A community of caregivers, teachers, and tutors must provide resources and support needed to help children thrive academically.

Emotional Healing

Come alongside children in our care with awareness and compassion regarding their histories, emotions, and behaviors, and engage with them through healthy, loving, and trust based relationships. Whole Child Caregivers also partner with professionals when necessary to encourage further emotional healing and growth.

Spiritual Growth

Whole Child’s goal is to expose children to the truth and grace of the Gospel through redemptive parenting for the purpose of creating fertile soil for God's work in their lives.

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Articles

Whole Child Articles is your resource for news information that helps you with caring for children. Whether you’re a parent, foster parent, adoptive parent, or practically anyone involved in making an impression a child’s life, Our ever-updating feed of helpful articles on a wide range of caregiving topics and relevant news will keep you equipped and up-to-date.

Created Content

Whole Child Initiative staff, contributors and practitioners publish new content each week to keep you inspired, motivated, and informed as a caregiver.

Curated Content

Our team of Whole Child staff and practitioners are constantly on the lookout for news and practical help from relevant caregiving organization around the world.

Knowledge Base

As our staff, caregivers, and community members uncover new, helpful resources, they are collected in our Whole Child Online Knowledge Base for use within our community.

Community

We are building a community of like-minded caregivers who work around the world to live out our Christian charge — to care for orphans. Become a member of the Whole Child Community and gain access to a selection of our invaluable articles, stories, and community forums completely free.

Online Forum

Discuss the caregiving issues, successes, tips, sorrows and joys you experience firsthand and interact with like-minded parents and caregivers.

Network

No one caregiver can do this alone. Connect with other like-minded caregivers from around the world.

Events

Fellowship with other caregivers while listening to and learning from doers — those practicing the same approaches of caregiving as you.

Training

With a collection of online courses, webinars, articles and in-person resources, our training programs will equip you with everything you need to successfully implement the Whole Child approach in your organization.

Courses

Along with the Whole Child team, Dr. David Foster brings his almost four decades of experience in counseling, marriage and family therapy, and active ministry to this easy-to-digest, interactive caregiving course.

Consultation

Your team will benefit the one-on-one consultation offered by our team of experts who practice the Whole Child approach in their organizations every day and have continued access to the same resources used by our team of doers everyday.

Webinars

Go beyond the course work with Whole Child webinars conducted by the developers of the Whole Child Initiative. Listen and learn from our team of doers as they address a growing list of relevant caregiving topics.

Events

Fellowship with other caregivers while listening to and learning from doers — those practicing the same approaches of caregiving as you — in our events and master classes.

Articles

Stay up to date with articles written by Whole Child Initiative curriculum developer Dr. David Foster and other WCI staff, partners, contributors, and active caregivers on a wide range of caregiving topics.

Knowledge Base

The Whole Child Initiative staff, led by Drake Bassett and Dr. David Foster, collect their favorite resources and guiding principles into one knowledge base you can access, equipping you for a lifetime.

Bringing caregivers together.

Whole Child Conference was developed with one goal in mind – to strengthen caregivers. In a relaxed environment, attendees will hear from influential speakers, gain insights on helpful resources, and enjoy the fellowship of other caregivers in the community.

Whole Child Conference aims to encourage, educate, and equip caregivers with the training and support needed to minister to the whole child. The conference will focus on the four key areas of the Whole Child Initiative: educational, emotional, physical, and spiritual.