Training & mentoring those who care for abandoned and abused children

The KEY to healthy kids is healthy caregivers!!

OUR  NICHE: We specialize in training caregivers and leaders. We bring people together to design healthier environments for abused and abandoned kids.  Instead of warehousing children, we work with caregivers to create a family atmosphere so that orphans and street kids have a fighting chance at life!

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Practical ways to help abandoned & abused children

YES – you really CAN make a difference!!

“In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa

You can help abandoned children

  • Mental Health Therapy
  • Training Caregivers
  • Develop Our Team
  • Change the Paradigm

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My life path was about to change

We left before dawn. A few hours earlier a couple Irish journalists invited me to ride with them into the Carpathian mountains of Romania. It was early 1990. They were doing a story on orphans and adoptions (and how ‘baby-selling’ was becoming a flourishing business). Romania was just awakening after decades under Soviet control.

It was a rutted, dangerous road. No street-lights of any sort. The four of us communicated in a mix of languages:  Romanian, French, German and English. The taxi driver slammed on his brakes:  “Aici”- he shouted!  “Ici” – I confirmed in French.  “Da”-he nodded. We were ‘here’. We slithered out of the taxi. It was cold…. And damp. And dark.

We started our way over a hilly, rough meadow towards a small village, lit by the morning outdoor cooking fires. We were about a 10 minute walk away from the first campground.

Little did I know my life path was about to change.


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Latest News

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Latest Event

Conference Coming:  MEXICO!  OCTOBER, 2018

Theme: Caring for Abandoned Children by Promoting Resilience and Healing of Trauma

One study estimates that Mexico has 400,000 homeless children. These children may be neglected and abandoned.  Many are orphaned or runaways. Most have been abused. All suffered traumatic events. Lightshine is partnering with the government of Baja California Norte to improve the care of traumatized children. Together we are facilitating a training conference for 310 professional caregivers. The keynote speaker is Dr. Niels Rygaard. 

  • Target – 310 Attendees
  • DepthQuality training and education 
  • BreadthHelp us bring professionals from other Latin American countries
  • HealingBuilding resilience and providing therapy to heal trauma provides HOPE for kids! 
  • Help UsWe need funds for the expense of the conference and for scholarships.

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2018 Causes


October 2018 Mexico Training Conference,  our goal is to train 400 professional caregivers in “resilience skills” for healing trauma.

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Our goal is to provide additional training for our Lightshine Team to broaden and deepen our professional network in order to reach more children.

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Trauma Therapy

TRAUMA THERAPY GOAL- To facilitate appropriate professional therapy for traumatized children, who were damaged by abandonment or abuse.


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