CLEVELAND, Tenn. (August 20, 2020) – OrphanWise Inc., a charitable organization that equips adult caregivers to work with children who have experienced trauma, today announced its official recognition as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.
“As a young nonprofit, we’ve already accomplished so much,” said Katie Rinaudo, executive director of OrphanWise. “Attaining 501(c)(3) status serves as an affirmation of what this organization has already achieved and paves the way for us to continue moving the needle for children from hard places and their families.”
Since its inception in 2018, OrphanWise has trained more than 150 caregivers in the United States and Latin America in proven methods for helping children heal from trauma. Over the course of the average year, these caregivers and professionals interact with a combined total of more than 11,000 children, diffusing OrphanWise’s potential impact across varied geographic, socioeconomic and demographic contexts.
OrphanWise trainings leverage Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), an evidence-based approach to addressing the unique needs of children who have experienced abuse, abandonment, neglect, early hospitalization, bereavement and other traumatic events. A recent training held at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., attracted more than 50 students and faculty involved in the fields of education, psychology and social work.
“Learning how to work with children who have experienced trauma is a must for those entering the teaching profession,” said Dr. JoAnn Higginbotham, Professor of Education at Lee University and OrphanWise training participant. “OrphanWise provides excellent training, tools and resources for our future teachers. Those participating in OrphanWise workshops have learned how to apply Trust Based Relational Intervention to meet the deep needs of these children.”
“In these unprecedented times, OrphanWise has consistently demonstrated its ability to reach the families it serves where they are,” said Doug Pileri, board president of OrphanWise. “Securing tax-exempt status enables us to assure all donors––including individuals who are so important to our work––that they will receive full tax benefits for helping us to make a difference for vulnerable children and their caregivers.”
Utilizing proven interventions, OrphanWise seeks to connect the best tools and training to those who work with children from hard places – both within the United States and beyond our borders. Our vision is to work in partnership with organizations in the United States and in Latin America to equip adoptive parents, foster parents, children’s homes, teachers, professionals, and churches to work with at-risk and traumatized children in a way that promotes healing and wholeness.