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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

We wanted to share with you several staggering statistics:*

  1. The number of children in foster care = 399,546
  2. The number that entered foster care = 254,162
  3. The number that exited foster care = 241,254
  4. The number waiting to be adopted = 101,719
  5. The number waiting to be adopted with public child welfare agency involvement = 52,039

*Statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, and the Children’s Bureau.

Did you know?*

  • 51% of children in foster care reunified with their parents or primary care givers, and that 21% of youth were adopted.
  • Nearly 60% of children in foster care in America wait 2 or more years to be adopted.
  • Over 1/3 of youth in foster care are age 13 and older?
  • In 2010 over 100,000 children in foster care in America are waiting to be adopted..
  • That children and adolescents with foster care experience are diagnosed with PTSD at twice the rate of US war veterans.
  • Of youth who age out of foster care, ¼ are incarcerated within 2 years and only ½ graduate from high school.
  • Over 27.000 youth were emancipated from foster care in 2010 without reunifying with their families or being adopted.

*Statistics provided by the National Foster Care Coalition

We know that God can open the perfect doors and Royal Family KIDS is excited to continue to bring hope and joy to these children by helping to prevent child abuse.

We ask that you would please be praying for our partnerships with local churches around the United States as we strive to bring Royal Family KIDS camps to their area.

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Anonymous Donation for Namibia Camp!

Royal Family KIDS received an amazing blessing from an anonymous donor and the Namibia’s Camp/Club Program will be awarded $2000!

The Namibia Camp Program was started 5 years ago and had great success for 2 years! In 2012 it closed due to the availability of the director. In Africa, jobs do not compensate for vacation days so time given to the program is time taken as holiday. What an incredible sacrifice for God’s Kingdom!

In April 2014, God answered prayer in a big way and the Namibia Club Program was able to start back up! They are planning to organize a camp this year, and even open a second camp as soon as another camp director and team can be trained!

Please keep this Club in your prayers!



Please join us for a memorable evening celebrating 25 years of confronting abuse and changing lives! Our Founders, Wayne and Diane Tesch, will receive a special honor for their years of dedication to Royal Family KIDS. You don’t want to miss this inspiring evening with the entire Royal Family KIDS community. Please be our honored guest at the 25th Anniversary Celebration!

Our Event is from 6:00-9:00 pm

Registration is CLOSED



Come hear their stories and learn how Royal Family KIDS Camp, Club & Mentors gave these precious children hope and a reason to smile. Listen to volunteers share how their lives were turned inside out as these kids impacted their hearts.

Come and experience the power of story at A Royal Family KIDS Charity Night.

The Irvine Marriott has recently been updated and is a fabulous venue to host an inspiring night. You don’t want to miss it.

Our goal is to raise enough revenue to plant new camps and clubs for children of abuse and neglect, so they may have the opportunity to build lasting, positive relationships with caring counselors and mentors. We look forward to seeing you there!



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Irvine, CA 92612
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Thank you for planning to attend this year’s LIFT Summit in IRVINE, CA on March 6, 2015!  We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

victor-marxKeynote Speaker –

Victor Marx, ATP Ministries (All Things are Possible) 

Victor Marx is an expert martial artist, former U.S. Marine, filmmaker and a sought after speaker. Victor is the founding director of the non-profit organization, All Things Possible, which works on a global scale to free children from abuse and the effects of its trauma. As an advocate and agent for the rescue and restoration of victimized children, Victor sheds a light on the silent epidemic of child abuse and reaches out to abused and wounded youth with his message of hope.

CLICK here for LIFT Focus Sessions


Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 6-9pm. Purchase your tickets for this event here. Information on Thursday Night.


Shop till you drop – NEW RFK Merchandise – Coming to LIFT 2015!

Be the first to see it and take home samples of next year’s shirts and other cool goodies.   VALUABLE INFORMATION:

Lodging: To receive the RFK room block discount, reserve your room by Feb. 13, 2015 – Irvine Marriott, 18000 Von Karman Ave, Irvine, CA 92612. (949) 553-0100. NOTE: State you are with Royal Family KIDS Conference.

Travel: Marriott offers a free shuttle from the John Wayne Airport (SNA) to the hotel. Please note: Marriott parking is $12 per day. The John Wayne Airport is less than 1 mile away.

LIFT Schedule: 

  • 7:30 am – Breakfast for all attendees
  • 8:00 am – LIFT Summit Begins
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner & Recognition Program

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank You


GOING GLOBAL: RFK Camp Comes to Ghana

GOING GLOBAL: RFK Camp Comes to Ghana


Pastor Joshua Earnest Tay (aka “Papa JET”) flew to the USA this year to raise funds for his ministry in Ghana, especially for children’s programs. Ghana has over one million AIDS orphans and many are abandoned and live on the streets of Accra, not far from Glorious Harvest Ministries Church where he serves as founding pastor.


In May, Pastor Joshua came to the Christian Alliance for Orphans conference in Chicago for new ministry ideas, but he kept returning to the Royal Family KIDS booth, quizzing Kerry Rhodes about RFK camp. He loved the “treat people royally” message, but he could not see a camp working in Ghana. “We just don’t have the money!” he told Kerry. Plus, most Africans don’t get paid vacation so how could volunteers give a week to help kids? “This is God’s camp for HIS kids, if it is going to happen it is up to God!” Kerry told him. Then Kerry, Glenn Garvin, John Schweider and the RFK team gathered around Joshua and prayed.


Within days, Joshua was emailing the office and chatting by phone with Joanne Feldmeth, who directs RFK international programs. In June, he got on a bus for a 17-hour ride from Illinois to Texas for Camp Directors’ Training! He emailed the office: “By the grace of God I arrived successfully in Texas yesternight for the RFK Directors Training Institute Camp. Scott Murrish picked me [up]… He and the wife are hosting me in such a wonderful way … We have had our orientation. It’s exciting! …Am meeting more wonderful leaders and friends… God bless you all and the big royal family kids leadership…”


When the training covered “Everybody’s Birthday Party,” Joshua confessed he had never had a birthday party! So Training Director Jeff Juhala and the class threw him a party! By the end of the week, this young pastor was determined to bring RFK ‘royal treatment’ home to abused and abandoned children in Ghana.


Once home in Africa, Joshua’s preaching changed. In September he focused on the gospel messages about orphans and vulnerable children and explaining the Royal Family KIDS approach to his church: 18 camp volunteers signed up! The new team started intensive planning, deciding on the Christmas 3-day holiday for a weekend camp. Joanne emailed new camp covenants and legal agreements to establish the program, and ‘met’ some church staff via Skype. Jeff sent e-versions of the training manuals and Joshua launched formal RFK Counselor and Staff Training in November!


With an estimated $4,000 needed to run camp, a committee went to local Accra corporations for sponsorships. They were turned down by every company they asked! Three weeks before Christmas, Pastor Joshua refused to delay camp, convinced God was calling them to move forward in faith. He received the OK from Joanne and Jeff to approach his American RFK training class, and Jeff also contacted key USA Camp Directors.


On December 12, $3,639 was wired to the church for RFK Ghana! The funds came from RFK friends, directors and churches. On Christmas Day 2014, the first RFK Camp in Ghana welcomed orphaned and abandoned children as a result of Royal Family international partnerships and the unwavering vision of a young African pastor we met in Chicago!

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Royal Family KIDS & For the Children Foundation invites you to check out this Legacy Giving opportunity!

The President has just signed HR 5771 into law. This law includes a one year extension of expired tax provisions retroactive to January 1, 2014, including a reauthorization of the IRA charitable rollover through December 31, 2014. Donors age 70 1/2 and older may now transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a qualified public charity. The transfer is not subject to federal income tax and qualifies for the donor’s 2014 required minimum distribution (RMD).Don’t delay! You will need to act right away if you wish to receive IRA rollover gifts from your donors by the December 31 deadline.
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Christmas is a GREAT time to promote Royal Family KIDS Camp, Club & Mentor programs.  Santa Maria, California’s RFK has sponsored a Holiday Home Tour for the past 3 years.  This event gives the community a chance to tour five of the area’s most beautiful homes all decked out for the Holidays.  Volunteers join in the fun of decorating, advertising, preparing refreshments for guests and hosting visitors on the tour.  Tickets are $20 per person for the relaxed evening of festive Christmas cheer.  Last year’s one-day tour raised nearly $4000.  What a wonderful way to share the Gift of Camp & Club with the foster children of Santa Maria!

Listen to Camp Director, Diane Rae share this story on the Royal Family KIDS Leadership Podcast!

Training Flyer 2014


For the first time ever, our registration process for Directors’ Training is available ONLINE!   Is your church ready to launch their own Camp for the children in foster care from your area?  We would like you to send 3-5 people from your church to our Directors’ Training Institute… a week-long time of intense training designed to prepare your leaders to put a new Royal Family KIDS Camp in your area.

Your leaders will participate in 36 class-hours of study with Master’s & PHD level trainers.  They will also experience approximately 20 hours of observation at a running Royal Family KIDS Camp as it is in progress.  Click here to be directed to our training page to learn more!

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CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL is making another book about volunteering! Whether you are a first time volunteer or you have been volunteering for years; whether you are a hands-on volunteer or you work or donate to a charitable organization, you can make a positive impact in this world. A single individual can make a significant difference in the lives of others and in the community as a whole. How has your life been changed by volunteering? What have you done with your life that makes you feel good and has also made this world a better place? We are looking for true stories about how you found purpose, passion and joy in your life by doing for others. And by volunteering, we mean an unpaid position.

Here are some suggested topics but we know you can think of many more:

  • Paying it forward
• Making a difference
• Random acts of kindness
• Unsung heroes
• Being a role model
• Acts of compassion and love
• Finding a new purpose
• Being the beneficiary of a charitable act
• Working as a team
• Working for a charitable organization
• Taking a chance
• The rewards of volunteering
• Doing something for someone who cannot repay you

Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Write your experience in the first person. Do not ghost write someone else’s story unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it, as we will not publish it again.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Fill in the form, select this title, and paste your Word document into the box that is provided.