Footsteps 101 - Caring for orphans

Includes case studies, children’s activities and a moving interview about growing up in a children’s home.


Previous Footsteps

From faith to action
Second edition 

An introduction to family and community-based care for orphans and vulnerable children. This book highlights key strategies that help children remain in families. Available in English only. Visit to download a free copy. 

Home: A Cambodian story
By Andy Grey and Sao Sreymao 

A moving story, told in comic book format, of one child’s journey home after living in an orphanage. In English only. Visit and type ‘Home’ to download a copy. 

Orphan calling
By Jessica Johnson 

An online resource looking at orphan care from a biblical and practical point of view. The booklet looks at topics such as ‘What does the Bible say?’ and ‘If not orphanages, then what?’ Available in English only. You can search for this booklet online using any good search engine. 

Guidelines on Children's Reintegration

Detailed guidelines on helping children rejoin their families and community. Visit to download a copy. Available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian. 

Children, orphanages and families
Published by the Faith to Action Initiative 

An overview of research on the care of orphans and vulnerable children, providing examples from specific countries. Download a free copy from in English, French or Spanish. 

Useful websites 

These websites are available in English only unless otherwise stated. Useful resources on strengthening families and helping orphanages transition. See their ‘Resources’ page for a list of frequently asked questions and the Kinnected information pack. A Christian movement working towards family-based care. Their website contains information, news, resources and videos. The Faith to Action Initiative helps Christians to respond to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. Their website contains research reports, Bible studies, stories and more. The Better Care Network is a group of organisations that support children without suitable family care. Resources include a toolkit for practitioners. Available in English, with French and Spanish sections. Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) inspires and equips Christians to care for orphans and vulnerable children. A toolkit for helping children in emergency contexts.