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

Conference Empowers Women and Girls to Claim Boundaries 


“We need a Circle of Grace training for adults” was a request heard repeatedly in recent years by Anna Groff, executive director of Dove’s Nest, and Marlene Bogard, outgoing executive director of Mennonite Women USA.

Circle of Grace is a Christian safe environment curriculum that teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual, and sexual boundaries and demonstrates how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated. 

To begin to address this growing need for resourcing for women and older girls, Dove's Nest and Mennonite Women USA collaborated for a conference: Empowering Women: Claiming Healthy Personal Boundaries, held in Omaha, Nebraska, July 26–27. (Click here for photos from the event).

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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).