Jeanette Harder, PhD


Jeanette Harder has worked in the area of child abuse prevention for more than 20 years and has served as a foster parent, a home visitor to families at risk for child abuse, and a provider of services to women and children escaping domestic violence. Jeanette now works nationwide as a researcher and as a writer and speaker on child abuse prevention, especially in regards to the Amish and Old Order Mennonites. She is the author of the book Let the Children Come: Preparing Faith Communities to End Child Abuse and NeglectShe and Allen Hoover are also the authors of a book coming out in 2019, For the Sake of a Child: Love, Safety, and Abuse in our Plain Communities. Jeanette earned her Masters and PhD in Social Work and is a professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She and her family are members of First Mennonite Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Jeanette specializes in the following training opportunities for church leaders, parents, teachers, camp counselors, child protection workers, and mentors:

  • General awareness
  • Policies and practices
  • Sermons
  • Amish and Old Order Mennonites
  • Responses to sex offenders
  • Children’s stories
  • Circle of Grace
  • Preparing youth for working in nursery or teaching classes
  • Positive discipline

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