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).


 Help Us Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect

Dove’s Nestheadquartered in Lincoln, Nebraskareceives no funding from any denomination and relies on donations and grants to carry out our work. We will be participating in Give to Lincoln Day on May 28, 2015. Any donation received between now and May 28 will be increased by a $300,000 proportional match grant, provided by the Lincoln Community Foundation. Please donate and help us continue our mission of protecting children and youth!

CLICK HERE to make a donation and to learn more about how your generous gift helps Dove's Nest empower faith communities to keep kids safe! 

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Meet Dove's Nest's New Interim

Executive Director! 

New Interim Executive Director 

Alli Lauritsen first learned about Dove's Nest through her interactions with Dr. Jeanette Harder at the Grace Abbott School of Social Work in Omaha, Nebraska. Alli volunteered for the organization for about a year before accepting the position of interim executive director. She is passionate about keeping kids safe and will transition to work for Bellevue Public Schools as a school social worker in the fall. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to fill a void during this transition period and hopes to lead Dove's Nest well in the interim.


 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.


Circle of Grace

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.

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.


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

Genesee County Department of Social Services, Batavia, NY, July 13*

Jamestown Community College, Olean, NY, July 14*

Yates County Department of Social Services, Penn Yan, NY, July 15*

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

*These three training events were made possible through funding from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

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