The Holy Child Program

provides an intense therapeutic day treatment program and alternative education for children in the Bethlehem region in the Holy Land who suffer from untreated complex mental health issues and exposure to intergenerational trauma. It is a service of the Bethlehem Holy Child Program corporation.

Our mission is to instill hope through healing.

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The Holy Child Program serves as a sanctuary of safety for the families of the region. The program facilitates the acquisition and development of new skills, recovery and rehabilitation from trauma, builds resiliency and instills hope for the future through a community of caring committed professionals.

In the News

Holy Child Program in Bethlehem Brightens West Bank With Help and Hope

November 30th, 2023|

The National Catholic Register features the Holy Child Program! Don't miss it. Francis Barillaro, Vice President and Treasurer of Bethlehem Holy Child Program Board, Mother Shaun Vergauwen, Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist Co-foundress and [...]

Holy Child Program: Serving children and families in Bethlehem

September 1st, 2023|

Vatican News publishes story on the how the Holy Child Program "instills hope through healing." "The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist run a program near Bethlehem to provide care and a future full of [...]

We believe that each child is part of a larger ecological system, the family, and in order to treat the child, we must collaborate with the entire family network. As a part of the program, parents participate in the healing process by attending family counseling, participating in parenting groups and practicing home activities related to fostering healthy family dynamics. As the child makes progress in school, the entire family makes progress at home. In essence, to serve the child is to serve the family; in serving the family, we serve the local and larger community as each family lives what they have learned, increasing the cumulative societal gain.

Instilling Hope Through Healing 

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