Dove's Nest: Faith Communities Keeping Children and Youth Safe

Dove's Nest's mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children" (Luke 18:16 NLT).


From the May Newsletter: Teens, Sex Trafficking, and What You Need to Know
By Brenda Yoder

What do traffickers look for online? Social media posts with words like “I hate my mom,” “school sucks,” and similar statements are what predators look for to vet potential targets—tweens and young teens who share their emotions on social media. Groomers look for the vulnerable and know how to earn their trust.

If a child wants love, they’ll be their boyfriend (or girlfriend).

If a teen needs a place to live, they’ll give them shelter.

If a kid is lonely, they’ll become their friend.

If a girl wants a father, they’ll become their protector or “daddy.”

If a potential victim is poor, they’ll provide them the dream of status and material goods.

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Child and Youth Protection Policies

A child and youth protection policy in a faith community helps to ensure safety for children and youth. Dove's Nest recommends that every faith community develop and implement a policy suited to its context.

West Union Training Seminar

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Circle of GraceCircle of Grace is a Christian safe environment curriculum that helps to form and educate children and youth about the value of positive relationships with God and others. This comprehensive, pre-k through 12th grade curriculum is designed to fit within any church's Christian education program. Circle of Grace is available FREE to Mennonite Church USA congregations and to other denominations for a suggested donation. Click here for more information.


Interested in helping Dove's Nest keep children and youth safe? Our funding comes from charitable gifts and grants. Click here to find out more.


MOMS Club*
Southwood Lutheran Church
Lincoln, Nebraska
May 11, 2016

Hyde Park 
Mennonite Fellowship
Boise, Idaho
September 10, 2016

North Goshen 
Mennonite Church
Goshen, Indiana
September 17, 2016

NACSW National Convention 
Cincinnati, Ohio
November 19, 2016

*Support for this event is provided by a SpankOut Day Mini-Grant from Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

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