Implementation of Orphan Care Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

A Supportive Hug

Course Description


This course will provide an overview of literature around family and alternative care and case studies of family care activities. This is a taught course that includes the following topics:


  • Research on care for orphaned children

  • Historical approaches to care and alternative approaches

  • Working with existing institutions

  • Working with existing foster care systems

  • Setting up new family care programs

  • Caseworker guidelines

  • Recruitment and training of caregivers

  • Recruitment and training of mentors and God parents

  • Placement procedures

  • Incident reporting

  • Developmental aims

  • Facilitating the development of children

  • Identifying and caring for sexually abused children

  • Evaluating family care programs

  • In-person at SJRC

  • Online


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.​


To earn a certificate in Implementation of Orphan Care Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries from SJRC, students must complete a minimum of eight courses throughout the summer and fall sessions in 2021. Classes marked with an asterisk* are required for this certificate. 

Summer Session 1
June 1st – July 16th

  • OC100 Core Principles of Orphan Care & Orphan Care Systems*

  • FC100 Fundamentals of Charitable Organisations

  • CS100 Identification and Intervention in the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Summer Session 2 
July 26th – September 3rd

  • CS200 Standard Operating Procedures for Shelters and Rehabilitation Programmes*

  • PC100 Core Principles of Community Strengthening

  • GM100 Introduction to Gospel Mission

Fall Session 1 
September 13th – October 22nd

  • CS300 Frameworks and Interventions for Trauma-Informed Care (must take CS100 or OC100 as a prerequisite)*

  • PC200 Community-Based Organisation

  • GM200 Innovations in Gospel Mission (must take GM100 as a prerequisite)

Fall Session 2 
November 1st – December 10th

  • OC200 Training Caregivers of At-Risk Children (must take OC100 or CS100 as a prerequisite)*

  • FC200 Programme Evaluation

  • CS400 Assault Crisis Training


Summer short course and fall semester students must be currently enrolled in or have completed courses at an accredited college, university, or other higher education institution in sociology, economics, anthropology, international development, or related field. Students who have completed first, second, third, and fourth year undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programs may be accepted into both the summer short course and fall semester courses. 

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