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Strategy For Triaging Orphans

If you are called to serve in the area of orphan care, whether it is family-based care, adoption, or orphanage care it is essential that you understand how to triage children. You are not going to be able to provide care that is best for every child in your community regardless of how well intentioned you are or how hard you work. No human being or organization can be equipped to provide the best care for every child that comes through their door.

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You must make choices about where to place the child so that they receive the best help possible. In my research, teaching at Austin Bible Institute, and experience over the past decade in orphan care, I have come up with the following strategy and have found it to be effective. Feel free to use it and share it with attribution of authorship.

Strategy For Triaging Orphans

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  1. I agree with this strategy in caring for triaging orphans. Sometimes we see something that looks good and simple and we adopt it use ourselves without much thought but if Adam were my son, and I was no longer able to care for him I believe that these are the steps that I would want them to take in having he cared for and loved.

  2. Great resource to use when looking at the children in need. It follows simple yes or no questions that can take a complex situation and turn it into a simpler solution…

  3. This system makes good sense, it simplifies how to best place orphans, and it’s easy to follow.

    • JoAnne,
      Glad you found this tool helpful and easy to understand. We think that having a clear step-by-step policy for triaging children is a good guideline when attempting to help stick to a particular strategy. Of course there will be some exceptions to the rule, but this way you know what to look for and what you can handle.

  4. Thanks for this resource! It’s helpful to be reminded of the “pecking order” and that it’s usually not “best” to remove kids from their parents, relatives, community, etc.

  5. I think this is a great resource to use when triaging orphans. There is no one-size-fits-all fix for orphans. They all have their own story, background, and conditions. Not everyone who is sick takes the same medicine. I think this is the same with orphans. Thanks for helping make this more understandable for me!