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Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting

4.54 of 5 stars 4.54  ·  rating details  ·  164 ratings  ·  37 reviews
While the growing orphan care movement has been reduced to a focus on adoption, something few people can do, Johnny Carr shows readers how every Christian should play an active role in caring for orphans.

Indeed, caring for the orphan requires us to care about related issues from child trafficking and HIV/AIDS to racism and poverty. Too often, we only discuss or theologize
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by B&H Books (first published February 28th 2013)
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Darren Sapp
Orphan Justice offers a raw and real telling of where the church has been on orphan care and where we need to go. Carr’s “walking the walk” matches his talk offering introspection we rarely see. If you’re involved in adoption and orphan care, you need to read this book. If you’re not involved in adoption and orphan care, you need to read this book.
Being an adoptive dad, this is a topic close to my heart. Carr nails it in a loving but firm way. I just hope more churches read and take this to heart.
Really great book.

As someone who has often considered the option of adoption and who has actively supported orphan care in other countries for many years, this book was very interesting and enlightening to me.

The first chapter had me ready to pack my bags and head to China to pick up a deaf toddler to adopt. By chapter three I was convinced that my family needed to open our home to an HIV positive baby. And by chapter six I was totally ashamed as the author pointed out how self centered I had b
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Carr most important point is that "God made the family for children." Children should not have to grow up in orphanages, but instead should be able to grow up in a family, be it their own family or an adopted family. He believes that the church needs to make a stand and fight for children. What I really appreciate about this is how he argues for the church to make an impact. He believes that the church needs to have a presence in the communities w
I've got to admit that I was skeptical of this book. As an adoptive mother of three and former employee of an international missions organization, I have no time for overly simplistic, "warm fuzzy" presentations about orphan care. Thankfully, Orphan Justice is not that kind of book. It's a serious look at a global crisis that calls God's people to consider some ugly realities and then do something about them. Johnny Carr moves beyond the orphan crisis and examines serious issues surrounding orph ...more
"God made the family for children." My husband and I run a ministry for orphans. This book has challenged both our organization and our family personally.

Carr encourages involvement in orphan care with stories, testimonies, scripture, and commentary, then ends each chapter with practical tips for different levels of involvement. I recommend Orphan Justice to any follower of Jesus. If you are involved in orphan care, it will be encouraging and may help you evaluate your involvement - are you doi
Andrea Jones
A book with a calling. And it called me
Leah Good
Have you ever noticed that guys and girls approach things differently? This was the first orphan care book I read that was written by a guy. The first chapter knocked me back on my heels. Instead of the feminine, heartstring-tugging approach, Johnny Carr light into the social issues surrounding orphaned children with righteous anger. The first chapter moved from the story of his deaf, adopted daughter to the brutal reality facing many children who are never adopted--sex trafficking. The book mov ...more
Jul 21, 2013 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Drawing from research and personal experience as an adoptive father, foster parent, pastor, and orphan care advocate, Johnny Carr explores domestic and international social issues surrounding the care of orphaned and vulnerable children (HIV/AIDS, orphanages, poverty, foster care, racism, abortion, etc.). He advocates adoption as only a part of the Church's call to care for children and at the end of every chapter includes a variety of ways to live mindfully in light of that call. The endnotes f ...more
I would recommend this book to anyone considering adoption, orphan care, or foster care. I'd also recommend this book to anyone who knows anyone in the above categories. This book deals with a number of the major topics outside, but related to adoption. Things such as trafficking, racism, HIV/AIDS, poverty, and others.

Johnny does a great job of challenging us to consider the true implications of the Gospel in this area and to contemplate the ramifications of these on our daily lives (both as ind
As a mother, I have a passion for orphans. As the mother of 3 small children, I don't currently feel the call to adopt. This is the book for anyone similarly passionate about the plight of orphans, who doesn't see adoption as their calling. Carr outlines many peripheral issues that contribute to the problems that orphans confront, and calls the reader to greater awareness and action. Each chapter concludes with examples of actions that anyone can take, as well as actions requiring more commitmen ...more
Mary Harshbarger
Although I'm an adoptive parent to five of our six children, this book really opened my eyes to the plethora of social issues worldwide that contribute to the number of orphaned children. I believe that every child deserves to be part of a loving and stable family, but adoption is not for everyone. However, I recommend this book to anyone who has a heart to care for orphans in any way --- Carr's thoughtful summary at the end of each chapter offers practical ideas for "anyone", "many" or "few"; i ...more
This is a fantastic book. Johnny's honesty, transparency, vulnerability, and boldness in his storytelling and calls to action capture you from the first page and keep you until the last. He encourages, empathizes, and sharpens you all at once - whether you are an expert in orphan care or the orphan's plight is just coming onto your radar. The chapters on racism and abortion alone are worth the price of the book.

Buy this book. Read it. Mark it up. Discuss it with others. It will challenge the way
Sophia Lee
"“Man made orphanages for children, but God made the family for children."

One of the few books that actually made me cry, several times. Johnny Carr runs through the many complex, systematic, corrupted issues linked to orphan care. I received so much grace and conviction from this book, most of all because Carr exposes himself with such honesty, sincerity, passion and vulnerability. Not many will readily admit to racist attitudes and failure. The adoption issue, especially inter-country adoption
This book was great in that it highlighted a lot of issues related to the care of orphans and vulnerable children that are often overlooked and glossed over. Carr's premise is that "The family is God's design for children". And as such he writes from an unapologetically Christian viewpoint. He emphasizes the ways that Christians and the church have ignored God's call to care for the orphan and fatherless for far too long. Which is great. The points he makes are important and good. He ends each c ...more
This book hits the heart of many political issues on orphans both within and outside of the church. It has raw truth and emotion and displays the orphan crisis for what it truly is. It convicts its reader to do something and tells you how, no matter how small your contribution may seem, its huge in the eyes of a child in need.
Excellent, excellent book. This is a key issue of our day, especially for the people who believe that "Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: To look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world" -James 1:27.
Joy shelton
A call to all!

As a single foster mom, this book hit the ball out of the park! I was not called to be a foster mom as part of a ministry, but rather out of the knowledge that I can't just do nothing when the need is so great! Today, I am in the process of adopting 2 foster children and I can't imagine my life without them. It is time for the church to step up and do something! We have become too comfortable sitting in the pews unwilling to get our hands dirty with today's issues! Children are the
Johnny Carr doesn't hold back in this book, Orphan Justice. He is honest about his own past mistakes but also passionate about sharing God's truth regarding the orphans of this world. It's a book all Christians can benefit from reading if we have open hearts.
I enjoyed the education I recieved from Johnny Carr. I didn't know much about adoption, foster care, or orphans in the world. I appreciated his information on the topics but also his perspective on how Christians can play a role in the many facets of orphan care.
Brandon Stiver
Such an important book. I don't just say that for me as somebody that works in orphan care, but I say that it's an important book for all Christians to read and wrestle with. When we talk about the gospel, which ought to be our core message to the world, we must in turn live out the gospel among the people that need it most. The millions and millions of orphans in the world are in need of the gospel and in need of Christians to preach and live out the gospel so that they can be restored and reco ...more
An excellent overview of the complex social issues surrounding orphans and their care. I will keep this for future reference and highly recommend that all citizens with a conscience read it.
Mike Rusch
Such a needed mile marker in the work of caring for orphaned & vulnerable children. It's a must read for any child advocate or adoptive family.
Great book! Compelling for those interested in getting into orphan care. Great material to use for current orphan care leaders as well.
Excellent book. A must read for anyone interested in pursuing orphan care... which is everyone, right? ;)
Wow. Wonderful, wonderful book. Hits hard with truth that, if we're honest, we all need to hear.
Sherri Ausbun
Excellent book, convicting and eye opening to issues that surround orphans and foster care.
Valerie Hays
Oh my I love this book and it is changing my mindset on orphan care
Angie M
Nailed it.
When we heard Johnny Carr at an adoption summit, we knew we needed to read his book. Orphan care is about so much more than fostering and adopting. Carr helps the reader explore related topics such as poverty, HIV/AIDs, and abortion and how orphan care advocates need to look at the bigger picture. With grace he challenges churches to step up to the Biblical call to care for orphans and widows in our backyards and around the world. A must read for every pastor and every Christian who wants to do ...more
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