NEW for 2021: Cultural Awareness Training: Amish & Old Order Mennonites
Working Together to Prevent Child Abuse and Increase Child Safety
Watch the 2-minute trailer above.
The full 90-minute online training video provides valuable information for social service professionals on how to relate to Amish / Old Order Mennonite families and communities. Produced and led by Dr. Jeanette Harder, it equips workers to conduct investigations, provide and connect families to services, and partner with Plain communities to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Download flyer on the Cultural Awareness Training: Amish & Old Order Mennonites here.
Email info [at] dovesnest.net for access to the 90-minute online training video.
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.
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