Edition: May | June 2022


The Oak Life Journal is a publication designed specifically for orphanage directors, caregivers and advocates. Topics include international orphan care news, orphanage frameworks and administration, as well as practical applications of therapeutic care and alternative caregiving perspectives.

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Table of Contents

From the Editor

"Fighting for Ukraine"

By Cameron Talbot • 2 min read

This edition is dedicated to the refugees of Ukraine, and one scripture has two messages for Russia...

Trust & Fear

by Mark Wakefield
7 min read

Director of the Youth Ranch Home in Guatemala, Mark discusses the very real fears the young men have when they come to his home, and how he works to create a relationship of trust.

Ask Ann

"Caring for Refugee Children"
3 min read

Clinical Social Worker, Ann Houck, answers the critical questions that caregivers are asking about childcare.

...how do we care for children who are fleeing for their safety? How do we help them feel safe again?


with Isaiah Cory • 4 min read

Ukrainian Adoption System in Chaos, Several Attempts to Illegally Smuggle Children

"Would You Die with Us?"

And other connection tests

by Cameron Talbot • 7 min read

Our children are constantly testing our level of commitment and connection...are you passing the tests?

Thank You for Reading!

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