We believe that children are priceless treasures and gifts from God, and as such, it is our conviction that the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of children should be amply and competently met. We consider the care of the little ones God entrusts into our care to be a very important responsibility.
We believe that every child has the right:
- To be loved, cherished, and supported
- To be treated with respect and dignity
- To receive responsible care and to be handled with kindness
- To be encouraged and nurtured emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually
- To have their physical needs adequately met, including nutrition, housing, and medical care
- To receive a good education that provides competence and empowers them to be self-sufficient
- To be taught good values and morals to guide them in life
- To learn about God’s personal love and care for them
- To be taught boundaries and self-discipline
- To be empowered to realize their full potential
- To be prepared for the responsibilities and challenges of adulthood
- To develop their individuality
- To be treated fairly and justly, without discrimination
- To be in a safe environment; to be protected from harm and danger
The Family International promotes a high standard of care, protection, education, socialization, and recreation for all our members’ children. Our profound respect for children—and the importance of their care and upbringing—is an integral part of our beliefs.
We consider that it is the God-given responsibility of every Christian parent to impart to their children a deep appreciation, respect, and love for God and His Word and the sacred principles contained in it. We also believe that the marriage union of man and woman is the ideal relationship for the parenting of children and the forming of stable families.
The Family International is committed to safeguarding children from harm and to promoting the importance of educating and preparing children to be able to protect themselves. We understand that children are vulnerable and need the protection of adults—both their parents and other adults, such as their teachers, caregivers, or adults responsible for their supervision during child-oriented activities. We believe that those entrusted with the care of children are responsible to protect them and keep them safe. (The Family International’s Child Protection Policy)
Educational and Child-rearing Programs
Throughout The Family International’s history, members around the world have engaged in a variety of character-building and motivational programs for children and youth, and have also conducted child-rearing and parenting seminars for parents and educators. (For more details, please see our Worldwide Work page.)
Assistance to Disadvantaged Children
Our members have engaged in a variety of programs around the world aimed at assisting disadvantaged children and providing them opportunities to rise above their circumstances. These programs have included educational, motivational, and character-building programs; assistance in building schools in depressed areas; material and humanitarian aid; programs in juvenile detention centers; vocational training for children with disabilities; programs in orphanages; medical assistance and health programs. We believe that every child deserves an opportunity for a bright future.
The Family International produces a variety of devotional and educational publications and podcasts for children and teens. These present character-building lessons in ways that appeal to youth. (See My Wonder Studio and Just1Thing.)
For more inspirational and character-building products for children, see Aurora Productions for children.
We believe that every child has the right to receive an education that empowers them to realize their full potential.
Homeschooling was a common method of education for many members over the past 30 years. The Family International also specialized in early-childhood education, and produced numerous in-house publications, Christian books, videos, and teaching aids for this level of education.