Dove's Nest: Faith Communities Keeping Children and Youth Safe

Dove's Nest's mission is to empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities. "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children" (Luke 18:16 NLT).


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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States. This is an excellent opportunity for faith communities to discuss child abuse and neglect prevention, build awareness in the congregation, offer Circle of Grace, and revisit your faith community's child and youth protection policy.

Visit our Child Abuse Prevention Month page to download resources to assist with your faith community's observance.




Over the past few years, Dove’s Nest has experienced significant growth, working diligently to fulfill its mission. With growth comes change, and Dove’s Nest is no exception to this rule. Jonathan Stanton, executive director of Dove’s Nest, is stepping down from the executive director role. His expertise and passion for Dove’s Nest’s mission has been greatly valued, and we will miss him dearly.  [read more]



 A child and youth protection policy in a faith community helps to ensure safety for children and youth. Dove's Nest recommends that every faith community develop and implement a policy suited to its context. 

West Union Training Seminar

Interested in having Dove's Nest host a training event at your faith community? Click here.


Interested in helping Dove's Nest keep children and youth safe? Our funding comes from charitable gifts and grants. Click here to find out more.


Child Advocacy Center, Lincoln, NE, May 2, 2015
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Mennonite Central Committee, Leamington, Essex, Canada, May 13, 2015

Mennonite Central Committee, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, May 14, 2015

Covenant Moravian Church, York, PA, May 17

Mennonite Church USA Convention, Kansas City, MO, June 30–July 5, 2015

Mennonite World Conference Global Education Conference, Lansdale, PA, July 1618, 2015

Salem Mennonite Church, Freeman, SD, September 12, 2015

Beatrice Mennonite Church, Beatrice, NE, September 20, 2015

Click here to find out more about having Dove's Nest visit your faith community!

Circle of Grace is a Christian safe environment curriculum that helps to form and educate children and youth about the value of positive relationships with God and others. This comprehensive, pre-k through 12th grade curriculum is designed to fit within any church's Christian education program. Circle of Grace is available FREE to Mennonite Church USA congregations and to other denominations for a suggested donation. Click here for more information. Circle of Grace

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