Children of the Promise

Family is Worth Fighting for

aka COTP   |   Willmar, MN   |  www.childrenofthepromise.org

Mission

COTP's vision is a healthy Christian home for every Haitian child. The mission is to provide excellent physical, emotional, spiritual, economic and educational care for at-risk children and families in Haiti, empowering the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. COTP seeks to serve existing families at risk of separation by investing in family strengthening programs, with the goal to keep families together and to empower them for sustainable health and wellness. When a separation of child from family does occur, we pursue temporary family-style residential care with the goal of a Domestic Foster Care placement or international adoption.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Jamie Groen

Main address

1020 Highway 71 NE Suite 202

Willmar, MN 56201 USA

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EIN

41-1896481

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Christian (X20)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Haiti, recognized as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has many factors that seek to separate families. These include, but are not limited to: disease, poverty, unemployment, lack of resources, poor mental health, etc. In Haiti, the intense poverty in rural villages permeate all aspects of life and greatly affect the ability of parents or caretakers to provide for themselves and their children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Strengthening Program

The Family Strengthening Program provides a holistic approach to caring for at-risk children and families. This includes specific program paths such as Special Needs Outreach, Nutrition, Education Sponsorship, and Vocational Training.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with disabilities

Partnering with IBESR, the Haitian institution overseeing child protective services, the Domestic Foster Care and Adoption program was launched in Northern Haiti in 2018. This program seeks to empower the local community to care for the orphans and at-risk children in their home country.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Caregivers

Provide ethical care through temporary family-style homes for children who have been orphaned or separated from their families. Children grow and develop in a healthy and stable home environment until united with a forever family through adoption or domestic foster care.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Investing in the future families of Haiti by providing a Christ-centered quality education, equipping students for a life of praise and service in their communities and beyond for the glory of Jesus Christ.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of COTP is to have there be a healthy Christian home and family for every Haitian child.

Our Christ-centered mission is to provide excellent physical, spiritual, emotional, educational & economic care for at-risk children and families in Haiti, empowering the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Our Values:
Joy: Joy springs from the love and hope we find in Christ. Joy sustains and encourages our work.

Family: God desires for every child to develop within a loving, Christ-centered family.

Health: COTP views spiritual, physical, emotional, and economic well-being intertwined to form a person′s complete health.

Value: COTP cares for all people as image-bearers of God their Creator.

Stewardship: Serving God well with our finances means proper money management and reliance on God to supply our needs.

Relationship: Building community with governing bodies, local churches, neighbors, coworkers and other organizations is core to carrying out God′s mission.

Discipleship: Equipping and encouraging individuals to reach their full potential.

By continually being on mission towards seeing our vision come to fruition and displaying these values while we do so, we aim to see poverty alleviation, self-sustainment, and empowered leadership in the lives of those we serve.

Countless studies show that nurturing family environments support healthy child growth and development. In the context of a family, children learn how to interact socially and to express feelings and thoughts by watching family members. Children who grow in a nurturing family environment have a great sense of identity and culture. Because of this, we pursue family in all we do.

Since our founding year, 1998, we have grown in our knowledge of some of the key contributors that put families at risk of separation; loss of caregiver, extreme poverty, disability and disease, mental illness and lack of education and resources. Taking this knowledge into consideration, we have moved upstream and developed our family strengthening programs that address some of these main contributors in effort to dramatically decrease the number of orphaned and abandoned children in our area. Our vision is a healthy Christian home and family for every Haitian child, and this is our approach in serving vulnerable children and families:

1. Serving families at risk of separation by investing in family strengthening programs, with the goal to keep families together and to empower them towards a life of sustainable health and wellness. *see "family strengthening programs"

2. When a separation of child from family occurs, we pursue family-based care and use temporary family-style residential care whenever needed, with the goal to bring a child into a healthy forever family. *see "domestic foster care and adoption and on-campus care"

In order to reach our goals, we must invest in local Haitian leaders to be the front runners. It is important to rise up Haitians to own this work and take the necessary steps forward in caring for the at-risk children and families we serve. Our committed international staff serving on the ground, as well as a small number of staff in North America, also provide the necessary work towards carrying us closer to our goals.

We rely on our donor base to provide the financial means necessary to provide such quality programs and facilities. We are not financially beholden to a small group of donors, but instead have garnered broad support from many smaller donors. Many of our supporters have also volunteered in Haiti to see first hand the work that is being accomplished.

Since our beginning, we have learned to make changes when and where as needed. Starting as a small orphanage, COTP has now grown into a multi-program organization and has become a leader in Northern Haiti for ethical orphan and family care. In 2014, we changed our model of orphan care from institutionalized care to temporary family-style foster care homes. Through this change, we have seen positive developmental and attachment changes in the children through the new model. The impacts are seen far beyond the years that the child is in our care. Adoptive families have attested to the impact that they see in their child in their home.

As we have achieved a higher standard for orphan care, we continually seek to better understand the contributors as to why children are orphaned or abandoned to begin with. Because of this knowledge, we have further invested in our family strengthening program, working to empower and enable families to care for their child in their home.

Financials

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Operations

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Children of the Promise

Board of directors
as of 09/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sara VanZee

No Affiliation

Daryl Huinink

Kurt Steensma

Rebekah Miner

Graeme Esau

Sara Van Zee

Pierre Esperandieu

Clarence Wassink

Renee Hildahl

Jay TeBrake

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/10/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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