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Orphans & Vulnerable Children

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” Isaiah 1:17

An estimated 101
children have lost just their father.

An estimated 17.8
children have lost both of their parents.

A Great Need Necessitates a Great Response

As followers of Christ we are called to care for the vulnerable: the orphan, the widow, those with AIDS, the sex trafficked, and poverty stricken. There are an estimated 153 Million orphans in the world today (UNICEF). This reality, as well as our biblical mandate to care for those in need, gives cause for action and is the reason Taylor University has created a program to equip students to care for orphans and vulnerable children.

Studying Orphan Care at Taylor University

Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Students interested in working with orphans and vulnerable children may elect to pair their major area of study with a certificate or minor in orphan care. The program offers the opportunity to pair an orphans and vulnerable children certificate or minor with other areas of study.

Because University’s haven’t really entered this topic, our orphans and vulnerable children program is truly unique. Typically you would associate this area of interest with a church or similar groups; our University is now filling a huge gap in an effort to bring best practices of orphan and vulnerable children care to our students, just like you.

The Orphans and Vulnerable Children minor is designed to equip future specialists by allowing them to pair this minor with a variety of fields including public health, law, sociology, medicine, social work, psychology, business, and more. The goal is to create overlap with many departments in an effort to provide a basic skill set and understanding of how to work with orphans and vulnerable children from within a students existing discipline.

Orphans and Vulnerable Children Courses

Development Psychology Course (PSY 250, 340, or 350) 3
Behavioral Problems of Children (PSY 305) 3
Global Public Health (PBH 110) 3
Justice (ethics, trafficking, and advocacy) 3
Philanthropy/Grant Writing (IAS 310) 3
Orphans and Vulnerable Children (PSY 310) 3
Practicum (PSY393; or home dept.) 3

Living Learning Community

If you are interested in working with orphans and vulnerable children, you may apply to participate in a yearlong, living learning community called, The Village Tree Experience. This community is comprised of around 12 upperclassmen students living together while integrating classwork, a practicum, research, and day-to-day interactions.

As a group, students will collaborate to better understand orphan and vulnerable children care by combining each member’s knowledge of their respective major area of study. Our hopes are you are able to reflect on a deeper passion and discover your unique calling as it relates to orphans and vulnerable children.

Applying to The Village Tree Experience

We highly encourage students who are applying to already have had a significant orphans and vulnerable experience. For this reason, the living learning community is mainly for upperclassmen with the potential of a sophomore being accepted into the program. Our goal is to help you make sense of a calling you may have to this area as it relates to your other passions.

You will be required to fill out an application, provide letters of recommendation and participate in an interview.


If you are accepted into this program will participate in a practicum during the summer before you live in The Village Tree Experience community. Taylor has created partnerships with a handful of sites dealing with orphans and vulnerable children for you to work with. We encourage you to participate in a practicum that is discipline based while also working in the area of orphans and vulnerable children.