Family Reunification Workshop
based on the Agape Model
Kisumu | January 28 - Feb 01 2019
Here's what you can expect
How to Make the Shift
Learn from global leaders who converted their orphanage to reintegration centers
Revitalize Donor Base
Learn how to engage donors in a new model of care that reunites children in families
Build your Gameplan
Walk away with an implementation plan and customized toolkit to begin conversion immediately
Questions about the workshop?
​​​​​​​How much will the workshop cost?
This 5 day workshop has been generously provided by a collaborative network of leaders behind the “1MILLIONHOME” campaign. The cost to you will be travel to and from Kisumu and lodging (if needed) as well as some work prior to, during, and after the workshop as you roll up your sleeves and build your own plan to convert models.

Where will the workshop take place?
The workshop will be at the beautiful Acacia Hotel in Kisumu.  We expect participants to cover their own travel and accommodations. A room can be reserved at the Acacia Hotel for a discounted rate of $110 US per night (email and copy or contact Pauline at 0790942796  or 0733569610) or feel free to make other arrangements for accommodations in Kisumu that better suit your needs and budget.
What topics are covered in the 5 day workshop?
Throughout the five days, attendees are given ample time to participate in working sessions with their mentors, trainers, and employees of Agape Children’s Ministry.

Day 1
  • Agape Model Overview
  • Current Models of Care
  • Evidence For Transition 
  • Barriers To Transition 

Day 2
  • Rescue:  Working On The Streets
  • Rescue:  Government
  • Sources of Rescue
  • Rehabilitation:  Trauma Caregivers
  • Rehabilitation:  Trauma Case Study 
  • Rehabilitation:  Individual Care Plan 

Day 3 
  • Reintegration:  CSI Home Assessments
  • Reintegration:  CSI Case Study
  • Reintegration Overview 
  • Reintegration Process 

Day 4 
  • Staffing and Management
  • Staffing Case Study 
  • Financial Management 
  • Communications 
  • Communication Plan 
  • Tools and Technology

Day 5 

  • Envision The Transition
  • Build Your Own Plan 
  • Graduation Ceremony 

What experience do the creators of this workshop have in reintegration?
Agape Children’s Ministries began transitioning their orphanage to a reintegration center 10 years ago. Today Agape has rescued, rehabilitated, and reintegrated over 2,100 children long-term - with an 80% success rate - with biological family members. Agape now desires to equip others to shift their models as well.
Who should attend this workshop? 
Western leaders and local directors/managers of children's homes, children's villages
orphanages, and Children rehabilitation centers.
Why should I convert models?
Research shows that children do best in families.  Traditional orphanages fall short of actually helping children find permanence.  Many countries have even placed moratoriums on the licensing of new children's homes.  We aim to come alongside you to mitigate fears and remove barriers for a successful conversion.  If a child has a family, then we should endeavor to get them home! 
What if I don’t have the ability to work with street kids after emptying out my children’s home?
There are many other ways you can help strengthen families after your children’s home is emptied.  We will discuss other types of options in the workshop and provide a donor tool kit to assist with educating your donor base on the changes. 
Isn’t this model going to require a lot more staffing?
At first it might require a few extra staff members to help with tracking down a child’s family and assessing their ability to parent.  However, we have created tools to assist organizations with acquiring greater efficiencies in their work so that the impact on operational expenses is minimized.  
Ready to shift your model?
Let's get to work...together
See The Agape Model in Action
Award-winning filmmaker Samuel Rich has dedicated his life to finding alternative care solutions for vulnerable children around the world. As director of 2 documentaries, "LostKites" and "Dear Panama", ​​​​​​​he is now helping to share how Agape is changing the way we care for orphans.
Why Reunification?
How Reunification works
Meet the workshop designers
Jonathan Dowell, Agape Children's Ministry
Jonathan serves as the Director of Expansion for Agape Children's Ministry.  In this role, he is responsible for planting new Agape locations, training & consulting with outside organizations, and sharing The Agape Model with the broader community. Prior to this, Jonathan worked 10+ years in the IT industry as an engineer, IT Project Manager, and in Business Process Management.
Chris Page, Agape Children's Ministry
Chris serves as the Kenya Field Director for Agape Children's Ministry.  In this role, Chris leads and disciples 125 missionaries and employees and the management of Agape's operations in two cities. Prior to ministry with Agape, Chris served in a variety of leadership and management roles as an officer in the US Army.
Winfred, Agape Children's Ministry
Winfred serves as the Manager of Rehabilitation in the Agape Kitale Campus.  Over the last 17 years Winfred has served as a teacher and manager in almost every department on campus and has intimate knowledge of how the Agape Model works on the ground.  She has served in our Kisumu campus and then moved to the Kitale Campus to help with the startup of Agape Kitale as key mentor and leader.  
Michele Schneidler, Chosen & Dearly Loved
Michele serves as Director of Programs and Partnerships for Chosen & Dearly Loved.  Prior to this work, Michele led the orphan care ministry at Overlake Christian Church for almost 8 years. While at Overlake she co-founded the Refresh Conference which grew to become the nation’s largest gathering for foster and adoptive parents.
Ruth Wacuka
Ruth advocates for the rights of children and care reform worldwide. Ruth holds a background in journalism and mass communication and has been a keynote speaker at child advocacy events spanning the globe.  She is also an official with Kenya Society of Care Leavers, an association whose mission is to promote the well being of Care leavers and lobby for the rights of institutionalized Children.
The Agape Model 2018