The heart of The Boaz Project beats with a deep-rooted commitment to Christ's teachings and the acknowledgment of the intrinsic value of every child. With each initiative, we strive to embody genuine service, respect and love—ensuring every donor, caregiver and child feels seen, heard and valued.
Read the series of messages below from our Founder & Executive Director, April Jurgensen, to learn more about the Boaz core values that drive our mission to rewrite the narrative of the orphan crisis.

Prayer is our most valuable tool for accessing the resources of heaven when doing kingdom work.

Without you praying, we’d close The Boaz Project’s office door and go home. Permanently. Because the job is just too big.

Oh, we strategize a lot at The Boaz Project. We think through best practices for orphan care. We create programs to help house parents. We think about reaching local congregations with the plight of the orphan and God’s mandate to help them.

But without you praying, it’s all futile.

You see, we at The Boaz Project recognize our limitations. As mere mortals, we acknowledge that the task ahead of us—mobilizing the church worldwide to care for orphans—is much bigger than our capabilities.

Of course, we know we’re called. God has made it clear in His Word that all believers have been called to care for orphans. But beyond that, He’s let each of us on staff here know that He would have us HERE, in an office in Greenwood, Indiana, serving orphans in a specific manner (and I’m sure each of us would love to tell you about it, if asked).

So, we discuss best practices. We evaluate our methodology. We ask for feedback from those we serve. But we also pray and ask you to, as well. Because we know that prayer is our most valuable tool for accessing the resources of heaven when doing kingdom work.

And we’ve seen it work, repeatedly. We’ve seen children who once lived on the streets become happy and secure in loving homes. We’ve seen house parents shed tears of gratitude when a bill is paid. We’ve seen institutionalized infants come to life as they experience healing touch. And you, though your prayers, make it all possible.

Therefore, we keep coming to work every day, leaning on this hope that God will join your prayers with our feeble efforts and use them to reach orphans for Christ. After all, according to Matt.19:26, God can do anything!

The advancement of Christ’s kingdom is accomplished by the church working together.

“I will be in them and you will be in me. So they will be completely one. Then the world will know that you sent me. And the world will know that you loved these people the same as you loved me.” – Christ, as recorded in John 17:23

There’s a world outside our church doors that is literally dying to know Jesus. It just doesn’t know it.

What’s more, Jesus died so that they could.

For years, my desire to evangelize was very people-driven. I felt sorry for those who didn’t have peace about eternity as well as those who faced the trials of this life without the comfort of knowing that Someone loving, Someone all-powerful, Someone wise was in control.

I ached for those who thought the burden of redemption rested on their own shoulders. It’s clearly too heavy a weight for any human to bear. Out of compassion, I wanted them to know the freedom they could have in a life surrendered to Christ.

But one day, I finally considered the other side of that equation. While people are desperate without God, He is longing for them! I thought I wanted them to have peace about eternity? He does so much more so! I wished for them the solace of knowing the Almighty God had their backs? He died to prove it!

From that “aha!” moment, my attempts to share Christ’s love have looked quite different. I share the gospel—not out of pity for my fellow man—but with a desire to bring joy to my Father God. I try to communicate the incredible, searching love of God, fully convinced He’s pursuing the person I’m talking to. It is the purpose for our time here on earth: to pursue Christ and to encourage others to, as well.

And like a secret recipe, John 17:23 spells out for us exactly how to do that…how to persuade the world that Jesus really is our Savior.

It doesn’t mention a specific tract or a set of Scriptures (though both clearly have their place). Instead, it says that they way to win others to Christ, the way to prove to them that Jesus is the Son of God is…wait for it…to get along!

Wait. What?

Yep. According to the gospel of John, the most effective way to convince people that we follow the true Son of God is to be one. To be unified. Not to argue and quibble, but to come alongside one another, bear one another’s burdens and be at peace with one another.

Now, let’s admit it. That’s a tall order.

Sometimes personalities just don’t mix well. Sometimes feelings are hurt. Sometimes rifts occur that seem impossible to heal.

But, we are told in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (NIV).

Sadly, we can’t control others and how they’ll respond, especially after a conflict has taken place. But we do have to do our best, give our every effort toward reconciliation. That’s the mark of a true disciple.

In a world where people are shot over quarrels, where bombs are detonated in the name of religion, where hate speech is common place and evil appears to prevail, unity is elusive. People of peace stand out.

So, if we’re serious about bringing others to Christ, we need to be serious about preventing and resolving conflict with one another. Because being different, responding in love, caring for one another allows the world to know that Christ, the One we claim, is the real deal.

And the world is dying to know. What’s more, Jesus died so that they could.

Financial accountability is prudent.

”We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.  For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.” - 2 Corinthians 8:20-21New International Version (NIV)

Money. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with it.

We love having enough to meet our needs, share with loved ones, and even indulge a little. But we hate that it’s necessary for so much of life.

For some reason, we shy away from talking about money, too. Maybe it’s because we fear we’ll be judged for how much we have or don’t have…or how we use it.

But oddly enough, money appears to be one of God’s favorite topics. Many Biblical scholars claim the Bible refers to money more than 2,000 times! I must confess I haven’t taken the time to verify.

Here’s what I do know: God warns against debt and encourages giving. He cautions against greed and requires fairness. He discourages gluttony and honors contentment.

In short, He tells us that how we view and use money indicates the temperature of our hearts. If I’m absorbed with worry or prideful of my accumulations, my heart is far from God.

If I’m content and give joyfully, my heart reflects a childlike faith and trust in God.

The Bible also presents a theme of stewardship. We who are among the world’s wealthiest citizens are blessed—not to live in luxury, but to give extravagantly. And we are to give wisely, yielding the greatest gain possible for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.

We at The Boaz Project want you to know that we take that principle seriously. We consider it a holy calling to guard your gift, to carry out your intentions and use your investment effectively to minister to orphans in Jesus’ name.

We believe that financial accountability is prudent. For that reason, we have quarterly reviews conducted by one of our nation’s top ten accounting firms. We have also joined E.C.F.A (the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) and adhere to their strict policies for all of our financial operations and records.

But we also spend a lot of time in prayer, asking for guidance and wisdom as we make decisions regarding our programs and strategies.

Today, we’d ask that you pray with us. Pray that we’d use the funds donated to their greatest potential for reaching orphans. Pray that we handle finances in a way that honors our government and our Lord.

Most of all, pray that the way we handle finances indicates a healthy heart, content and giving joyfully.


Effective ministry is sensitive to the culture it serves.

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” - I Corinthians 9:22b

Have you ever watched a tiny octopus climb off your plate? Have you ever bathed in pig poop? Have you ever had your hair permed using chicken bones as curler rods?

Believe it or not, I have.

Sometimes, Often, cross-cultural ministry spurs me on to do things I would not naturally choose. And that’s an understatement.

But look at Jesus. I mean, talk about ministering cross-culturally! He left heaven’s throne room and came to earth, bound by flesh, to a smelly stable.

You know, He could have inserted Himself into the royal lineage of David at a point in history when He could have enjoyed kingly wealth. Or at a time of modern convenience. Or He could have just decided against coming to earth all together. And who could blame Him?

But our Jesus chose to love.

For Him, the promise of relationship with us outweighed the drudgery of carpentry, the scorn of those who wouldn’t believe, and even the nails in His hands.

The Messiah chose to get messy.

He walked around Galilee doing things Galileans did and using words Galileans used. He weaved their marriage traditions, their occupational lingo and their favorite foods into His stories.

He went to the Jewish synagogues. He joined their celebrations and He washed their feet.

He learned what hunger and fatigue felt like.

He became a man so that men could relate to Him.

What’s more, He didn’t stick with the highest strata of society, but talked with prostitutes and ate with tax collectors.

The Savior hung with the unsavory.

And from His 33 years on earth, He continues to attract a family from every tongue, tribe and nation.

So as we continue His ministry on earth, we need to follow His model. We need to take on the traditions, the behaviors, the culture around us—not to the extent that we defy God’s laws—but to the extent that people can relate to us.

And it may mean getting messy.

I didn’t grow up sitting on the floor and scooping sticky rice into my mouth with my fingers. It’s not my tradition to wear long skirts every day. I cannot speak Russian or Hindi or Swahili fluently.

But you know what? I’ve learned that rides in rickshaws can be exhilarating and going to the banya with a friend can be calming. Using a common cup hasn’t killed me yet and eating warm ugali is quite filling.

I’ve not always been eager to try new things, but in the interest of building relationships, I’ve taken a shot at them. And in the end, I, too, have gained a family from multiple nations and tribes.

I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

The gospel is best communicated by those within a culture and community.

“The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return home and tell how much God has done for you.’ So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.” - Luke 8:38-39

Imagine the scene: Jesus and his posse of disciples still have wet feet, they’ve so recently pulled ashore in Gerasenes. Suddenly, a naked, demon-possessed man appears and begins yelling at Jesus.

Now, this dude was obviously not your typical guy. Despite the locals’ attempts to detain him—chaining him hand and foot and assigning guards to watch over him—he manages to escape, tear off his clothes and live in tombs.

Yes, tombs. As in, with dead, smelly bodies.

You know how the story goes…Jesus commands the demons—a legion of them—to leave the man and go instead into some pigs. The pigs turn into a squealy mob and jump off a cliff into the water below and drown.

By the time the amazed onlookers peel their eyes away from the noisy, failed pork venture, the man is sitting at Jesus’ feet. Calmly. Dressed. Chill.

Now the rest of the townspeople get freaked out and tell Jesus to leave. So, obligingly, Jesus heads back to the boat. The man He delivered from demon possession begs to go with Him.

But Jesus turns to him and says, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”

Wait. Go home? Why?

This man had a life-changing experience that clearly made him among the most devoted of devotees. He surely would have followed Jesus anywhere! But the Lord sent him home.

Well, He didn’t just send him home. He sent him home to tell how much God had done for him.

You see, this guy had a bit of a reputation in Gerasenes. I mean, certainly there had been town hall meetings to discuss potential means of controlling him, shifts for the guards they all pitched in to hire, search parties after escapes.

Only they could know the real transformation that had taken place that day.

Sure, he could cross the lake to Galillee with Jesus and tell folks there. But they had never smelled him. They hadn’t heard his wild screams or seen him running naked. They may be tempted to think this side show with Jesus was an act for hire.

But not in Gerasenes. They knew the deal. They knew this man was one of their own, delivered.

This is the same reason we at The Boaz Project believe in partnering with nationals to minister to orphans. Their communities can see that caring for children is not accomplished unto a “foreign god.” It is not done according to strange customs or in an unfamiliar language.

This selfless, lavish love for orphans is demonstrated by one of their own, delivered.

God designed the family and desires that everyone know the love and acceptance it offers.

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,

    is God in his holy dwelling.

God sets the lonely in families,” -  Psalm 68:5-6a

I always marvel this time of year that God sent His Son to earth as a tiny babe.

It wasn’t enough that he took on the form—and limitations—of a man. I mean, couldn’t He have just appeared somewhere, full-grown, and started His ministry by calling His disciples?

That would have certainly been a tremendous step down for the One who created the universe.

But for some reason, God saw fit to reduce Himself not only to our earthly form, but that at its most fragile and defenseless. He became an infant.

He allowed Himself to be dependent upon mere humans.

When He waited for Mary to feed Him, do you think He remembered His ability to speak light into being? As He was learning to walk on wobbly toddler legs, do you suppose He wanted to tell His parents He was the One who had parted the Red Sea for their ancestors? As He learned to speak Hebrew, was He reflecting on the Tower of Babble He’d brought down?

The Mighty One became a baby for us.

I’m certain that God—in His wisdom—had no shortage of reasons for sending His Son as a wee One. Perhaps a few of them are: 

  • He identifies with our entire human experience.
  • His contemporaries knew His humble beginnings.
  • He knows what it means to be placed in a family.

Family. The omnipotent One had parents. And one of those was a step-father!

He also had siblings. Now, that takes the idea of sibling rivalry to a whole new place. How do you keep up with the guy who changes water into wine?

But to empathize with the human experience, He had to experience family—the attachment, the frustration, the memories, the comfort, the pain, the competition, the shared history, the traditions, the expectations, the lessons of family.

Because ever since God created a man and then gave him a wife, there has been family. And by choosing the way humans reproduce, God ordained the family as the place where children grow up.

There were no orphanages in the Garden of Eden.

The foster care system wasn’t part of God’s original design.

Parents didn’t die prior to the Fall.

In a world before sin, children were kept and loved and nurtured. They were raised in a family where they were safe and healthy and encouraged to reach their potentials.

This is why The Boaz Project strives to replicate an environment as close to the family as possible for the orphans we reach.

We recognize that—because sin is ever-present in our world—orphans are a reality. And, sadly, they will not all get adopted. So our job in every situation is to try to move a child from his current situation to one that more closely resembles the family God intended.

Because God is a Father to the fatherless, and we are their brothers and sisters.

Effective care addresses both spiritual and physical needs.

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  – James 2:15-16

Several years ago, I was asked to address the children in a church service. The congregation may have regretted it as I began.

First, I had the children hop one-footed from one end of the room to the other. As you can imagine, this was challenging for many, especially the youngest. They hobbled and tottered and cheated their way across the front while adults looked on. Navigating on one foot certainly didn’t come naturally to them.

Then I asked them to walk from one end of the room to the other. Of course, the difference was clear. They had all been walking for at least a couple of years by this point, and they migrated across the front of the room with ease. My request for them to walk appeared silly, really. Where was the challenge in that?

But then I read to them, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?” James 2:14. In other words, I explained, having only faith or works is like walking on just one leg.

I know. We are saved by faith alone. I believe that and am grateful for it!

But James suggests that faith—real faith—is accompanied by deeds. In fact, he goes so far as to say, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

If my faith is dead, do I really have faith?

Or is it more like I’m trying to cross through life one-legged? If I have just faith, but no deeds, something’s a little off. Out of kilter. Unnatural.

But having deeds apart from faith is no better. James continues in verse 18 to say, “But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

It doesn’t matter much whether we’re hopping on: our right or left leg. We’re still off balance if we lack either faith or works.

To navigate this life successfully, we need both faith and deeds. They work hand-in-hand—or maybe leg-with-leg—to demonstrate sincere faith.

This why we believe it is not enough to only pray for orphans, though that’s crucial. It is not sufficient to preach to orphans, though they certainly need to hear the gospel. We must also feed and clothe and care for the material needs of orphans.

When we pair our faith with deeds others can see, we demonstrate a living faith, one that is effective, inviting and life-giving.

The wealthy are blessed in order to serve the poor.

Last week, My husband, Jim, called to me from his office, “The eight richest people in the world hold as much wealth as the poorer half of the world’s population!”

I repeated the sentence in my mind a couple times, trying to comprehend it.

So…eight men could combine their bank accounts (not likely, I realize) and have as much money as 3.6 billion people would, if they were to pool theirs?

According to an Associated Press article dated Jan. 15th, 2017**, yes. That’s the case.

Staggering.

Why the astounding inequality?

Well, I’m no economist. Or politician. Or statistician. But here’s what I’ve read numerous times (and again in the aforementioned article): 10% of the world’s population lives on less than $2 per day.

When I look at things that way, I realize that I am quite wealthy…that even my financial status is part of this astounding inequality. My finger has to stop wagging.

It’s a lot to process.

I have to confess that I don’t typically view my material worth this way. When I’m looking at bills to be paid or when I’m saving for a new sofa, I lose this perspective. The resources feel pretty scarce.

But the reality is that I’ve been entrusted with more than sufficient means. Enough that I should give careful attention to what I’m doing with them—especially in light of my hungry global neighbors.

Is it ok that I send my son to soccer camp while another mother watches hers die of hunger? Should I be kicking the thermostat a few degrees warmer when there are people sleeping on snowy benches in my own city?

While I don’t feel I can answer these questions definitively, I do believe this: God blesses us in order that we may be a blessing to others, not to overindulge ourselves.

Look at the Biblical examples:

There’s Joseph. When he was exalted to the second-highest position in Egypt (the wealthiest nation in the world at the time), he did not lounge on a throne, eating figs. He used that position and that wealth to feed all of Egypt and save the Israelites, as well.

Or take Esther. As queen of the Persian Empire, she had access to the finest things the world had to offer. But she risked it all (including her very life) to save the Jewish nation.

Our namesake, Boaz, didn’t hoard the grain in his field, but commanded his workers to leave some for the foreigner, the widow, the poor.

Page after page of the Bible, we are introduced to heroes of the faith who willingly shared what they had. Sometimes it was out of wealth, sometimes out of poverty. But Jesus praised generosity as simple as a cup of cold water given in His name.

I’ve seen a lot of poverty. I’ve seen a lot of wealth, too. And in truth, I’ll probably never be able to reconcile the disparity between the two.

But I do know this: To whom much has been given much will be required.

I’ve been given much, and the responsibility is great. I pray that I can use it wisely, blessing others.

To whom will you give a “cup of cold water” today?

God calls His children to care for orphans.

As my vehicle pulled up to the facility, I noticed the Soviet structure sagged from wear and almost boasted of its distinct odor. I braced myself for what I may see on this first visit to this orphanage for school-aged children.

Once inside, I was escorted by a stiff guard to the director’s office. Sternly, the director glanced at me above her reading glasses, but didn’t speak.

“Hello,” I said timidly.

The woman glanced at my interpreter and friend, Svetlana, as if she should have prevented this foreigner from distracting her from the papers on her desk, and sighed.

“May I speak with you for just a moment?” I asked sheepishly.

Without waiting for interpretation, the director waved her hand, motioning for us to sit down at the table before her. The gesture was at once both an invitation to enter and a brush off.

I had barely begun explaining that I came bearing gifts from friends in America when another suited woman peeked around the corner and interrupted me. I understood that someone was here and coming to the office.

With another sigh, the director pulled the glasses from her head and nodded that entrance had been granted.

Two children, identical in appearance, turned the corner. I could not determine their gender, but guessed them to be around seven years of age. They wore coats which looked warm, but worn.

“Your names,” demanded the director.

The children stared, frozen in fear.

“Your names!” she repeated more loudly.

The children blinked, but did not even cast glances at one another.

“You must give me your names!” the director yelled as she rose from her desk.

One poor child swallowed hard before replying, “Ola.”

Girls, I deduced. I wondered if they had come from home or another orphanage. I imagined how they must be feeling either way. I blinked back the water swelling in my eyes.

“Ah, Ola, and…” the militant director waited for the second to answer. But the girl, gripped by fear, remained silent.

As Ola opened her mouth to answer for her twin, she was cut off, “Your sister must learn to speak for herself. Does she not understand Russian? I have asked for your names. If you don’t learn to speak for yourselves, you will not survive here. Now, young lady, I am asking for the last time, what is your name?”

The stunned child remained stoic faced as a tear trickled down her right cheek, “Nastya,” she answered at last.

I realized the director, not knowing I had lived in Russia for two years, likely had assumed I didn’t understand the conversation. But even if I hadn’t, her tone would have exposed her.

A few more details were discussed, the stout director waving her arms and raising her voice. I sat stunned, scheming how I could possibly escape and take the frightened girls with me. But the brutal reality broke through my imaginings. The twins were there to stay.

Throughout those early years, encounters like this one became commonplace as I navigated the hidden world of Russia’s orphans. Mistreatment was routine; abuse, familiar.

In one orphanage in Russia’s Far East, I saw teenage boys beaten and then stripped naked for a week because they had run away. I noticed children locked in isolation, fed through a tiny, barred window. I found evidence of girls as young as 11 being preyed upon from within and outside the orphanage.

In another, I heard a director referring to the children in her institution as “society’s refuse.” This was her defense for their maltreatment. Justification for her cruelty.

These barbarities were the things that happened in my presence. I shuddered to think of the horrors that took place in my absence.

The system had effectively gagged those who uncovered the truth. Speak up, and risk being denied entrance to the orphanages, perhaps to the country.

Confident that authorities would look the other way if confronted, I decided to stay silent so I could continue to visit the children…and even bring others with me. If we were kicked out, who would share the hope of Christ with them? Who would tell them they are precious, unique, beautiful? Who will tell them about their heavenly Father who adores them…so much so that He knows the number of hairs on their heads?

But in reality, I felt powerless against the formidable governing system.

Inside, I started to tussle with God. Doesn’t the Bible say He is the orphans’ defender? Then where was He?

While wrestling through these issues, I found in Isaiah 1:17 another command to care for the orphan, “learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”

Much like a mother asking her son to clean his room, God needs little justification for asking us to care for orphans beyond, “Because I said so.” After all, He is God, and we are not.

I began to wonder, “What would it look like if we—all of us who are called by His name—were to take Him seriously in this? What if we all cared for an orphan? What if we adopted or supported those who do? What if we visited orphans? What if we gave generously? What if we defended their cause?

I imagine it would be a different world, one where orphans would not fret over their next meals or go without medical care. It would be a place where children would be able to trust that they were lovable and that they were loved. In this world where the church is obedient, the fatherless would be introduced to their heavenly Father.

That’s when I realized my frustrations and anger were misdirected. God had not left these children. We, His church, had.

God has a plan for reaching orphans, and it includes you and me. The question is: will we obey?



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Level 1

Learn about the mission and vision of The Boaz Project through activities such as watching an Encounter webinar, exploring our website, and following us on social media. You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with your Orphan Advocate Training Coach, who will help you as you go through the levels.


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Gain more insight into the realities of the orphan crisis through reading "The Orphan’s Abba" and visiting The Boaz Project YouTube page. You will also meet The Boaz Project staff.


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Grow in your understanding of the orphan crisis, meet some houseparents by reading their stories, and create your own "Pick 2" with options like watching a movie and completing a creative project utilizing your unique skill set.


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Enhance your knowledge of healthy attachments for orphans, watch a webinar about Eastern Europe’s institutional orphanage system, and visit the Boaz office virtually or in person.


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Utilize all of the knowledge you have gained throughout training to develop methods based on your personal experience to share the mission and vision of The Boaz Project with others. Read a portion of our first level Houseparent Trauma Training and use your unique skills to impact orphans with a special project. Completing Level 5 gives you the option to apply to become an OAT Coach and/or a Regional Coordinator for The Boaz Project.

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Do I have to live near Greenwood, Indiana to complete the training?

No! This certification is intentionally created to allow opportunities for anyone in any location to fully participate.




How much of a time commitment is it?

This is completely up to you. The entire process is self-directed. There are no deadlines, and you may take as much or as little time as you need to complete each course.




Can I do this training with my spouse? Or a friend?

Yes! Going through the training with a spouse or friend can provide accountability and motivation. As you progress, you may be able to accomplish more together!




How much will it cost?

All Orphan Advocate Training courses are free to join! While you may choose to spend money while completing some projects, there are only minimal costs involved (such as a book or a few supplies) depending on which course you choose to do.




Is there an age requirement to become a Certified Orphan Advocate Trainee?

This would be answered on a case-by-case basis. This would also be open to middle schoolers or high schoolers looking to complete volunteer hours (i.e. National Honor Society) or build college applications. We always encourage young people to be involved if they feel led by God to do so!




What if I don’t have any social media accounts?

We will adjust your requirements to accommodate you and provide different opportunities to engage.




If I complete the five-level Orphan Advocate Training Certification, can I put it on my resume or LinkedIn profile?

Yes! When you complete each level, you will receive a certification that you can use to enhance your professional profile and to show involvement in community service.




Will I be able to get a signed letter to verify my volunteer hours?

We are sorry that we cannot verify volunteer hours that are done outside of the office or an event due to the fact that these hours are not supervised. However, we can write about the quality of work that was done, your commitment level, and the training courses achieved. We can also say that your self-reported, unsupervised hours fit into the typical number of hours that are usual for that course.




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If you think you would like to begin Orphan Advocate Training, please complete the form below, and you’ll be assigned an OAT Coach. Once your coach reviews your information, he/she will send you an email with your next steps!




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