The comprehensive approach to caring for children


The 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.

No area is unimportant.

Each part of the approach is inseparable from the others. All parts are mutually influencing and interlocking. No area is unimportant.

Whole Child Initiative provides a framework through which redemptive caregiving can provide healing to forgotten, abused, and abandoned children.

Physical Development

Children often enter a Whole Child program with a significant lack of medical care, proper nutrition, and physical exercise. The Whole Child goal is to enhance a child's physical functioning by providing appropriate medical care, healthy nutritional options and exercise through extracurricular activities and safe spaces to play.

Emotional Healing

A child entering Whole Child Initiative care often has no sense of safety or security. Past traumatic experience can cause an inability to attach to a caregiver. Caregivers address a child's emotional past and encourage them to trust others, share fears and concerns, engage in healthy play, and receive love.

Educational Support

Children entering Whole Child care rarely have consistent educational backgrounds and often learning disabilities. A whole child must be regularly assessed for mental development and adequate educational progress. A community of caregivers, teachers and tutors must continually monitor individual children.

Spiritual Growth

The Whole Child goal is to expose children to the Gospel, to the scriptures, and to God's people through words and actions, with the purpose of creating fertile soil for God's work in their lives. Spiritual care is the cornerstone because of the biblical mandates to care for orphans and rear children in the nurture and care of the Lord.



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.


A community of like-minded caregivers who work around the world to live out our Christian charge — to care for children. 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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.