encompassKids has grown out of CMC’s South Africa ministry: a long-standing collaborative ministry with the Dutch Reformed Family of Churches in South Africa and other North American Churches and Christian organizations focused on reducing the number of vulnerable children, youth and families in South Africa. South Africa has one of the highest rates of abuse of women and children of any country in the world. The ministry has two major ministry focuses: 1) SAHAC Courage Youth - a ministry with high school and middle school youth to help them stay free of HIV, addictions, violence and other destructive behavior through the power of Christ; and, 2) SFCS - a ministry focused on in-country (local) adoption, foster care and family preservation – providing the necessary professional social work and the teaching and modeling of God’s plan for children and families; and, empowering local church congregations to be involved. Our South African partners, SAHAC and SFCS are both registered non-profit South African tax exempt organizations. Our major North American partners are CMC, Bethany Christian Services, RCA Denomination and Partners Worldwide, along with additional individual churches.