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Dove's Nest: September 2015 Newsletter 
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My New Role and Signs of Hope

By Anna Groff, Executive Director of Dove's Nest 

When I share with people about my new role with Dove’s Nest, I hear everything from, “I thought child protection policies were required for all churches”—from someone in Pennsylvania, a state with new laws for all volunteers working with children—to “I didn’t know abuse happened in churches.”  While we all wish the second comment were true, we know it isn’t …

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Five Discoveries about Amish Families

By Jeanette Harder, Board President of Dove's Nest

As a representative of Dove’s Nest, I was invited by the New York Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS) to help them relate to the growing population of Amish and Old Order Mennonites in their state. While two-thirds of the Amish live in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, they are also rapidly growing in Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Kentucky ...

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Learning the Limits of Background Screening

By Michael Crosby, Associate Pastor at First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

... Criminal records checks may be the most invasive, costly, bureaucratic, and time-sucking of all Safe Church practices. They are also the least important. I do not say this to diminish the zeal and care with which your organization conducts them, only to emphasize that criminal records checks are never a substitute for other standard Safe Church practices ...

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Protection Policies Are Gifts to Children

By Jon Stanton

The weather this spring and summer has been brutal on my garden, and I don’t like it. While Nebraska weather is often unpredictable, I can usually count on spring being a little bit wet and summer being dry and hot. This year spring was record-breaking wet and summer stayed cool for much longer than usual until temps suddenly soared into the 90s and beyond ...

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What We're Hearing at Dove's Nest 


"I appreciated that we spend time on the background and setting of our church. I think that setting is huge in shaping a good child protection policy and understanding it ... And I appreciated going through it from start to finish. We will be making some improvements based on that."—Luke Haidle, lead pastor Henderson Mennonite Brethren Church. Dove's Nest representatives conducted a policy consultation with Haidle in August.
RESOURCE: 
The Circle of Grace curriculum teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual, and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated. Click here for the curriculum for your church or school.
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