Horse-and-buggy Amish are one of the fastest growing subgroups in the United States. With a typical family having 6-18 children and the many unique characteristics of their faith and culture, the importance of child abuse prevention training is paramount.
Jeanette Harder, a Dove's Nest cofounder and board member, has authored a book with Allen Hoover, a horse-and-buggy Old Order Mennonite man: For the Sake of a Child: Love, Safety, and Abuse in Our Plain Communities (Ridgeway Publishing, 2019). The intended audience for this short, easy-to-read book is Amish and Old Order Mennonite parents. Chock-full of stories, this book invites readers to gain positive parenting skills, recognize and report abuse, and keep children safe.
Read about the book in the Mennonite World Review.
Read a review by Trudy Metzger in the Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies.
- Our Communities: Unique Strengths and Weaknesses
- Types of Child Abuse and Neglect
- Recognizing Abuse
- Positive Parenting
- Prevention of Abuse and Neglect
- Getting Help
- Role of Social Services
- Foster Care and Adoption
Hear Jeanette read two of the many stories from the book:
Bishop Aaron's Son Encounters a Hot Air Balloon
Order a book today from Ridgewaybooks.com, or by calling Ridgeway Publishers at (888) 822-7894 ($9.99 + shipping). Or, with a gift of $25 or more to Dove’s Nest, Jeanette Harder will send you a signed copy of the book (be sure to provide your name and street and email address).
Harder, J. & Fontes, L. (2019). "Working with Amish Families on Child Abuse and Neglect." Blog entry published online by Psychology Today.
Harder, J. (2018). "Keeping Amish Children Safe." In C. James-Brown, D. S. Wolfe, J. Collins, R. Adams et al. (Eds.). Child Maltreatment in Insular and Isolated Communities. Washington, DC: CWLA Press.
Read more about Dove's Nest work with Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities: