Children are a gift from God.
They have not been haphazardly formed or birthed.
They have been created in the image of God.
They have been entrusted to us for our nurture and care.
Children and adults need each other.
--from Church of the Brethren Annual Conference Statement and Recommendations for Positive Action on Conditions of Childhood in the United States, 1986
Caring Ministries has examined how the recommendations made in Annual Conference statement Conditions of Childhood in the United States (1986), the Child Abuse Prevention Handbook (1991), the Code of Ethics for Ordained and Licensed Ministers and Lay Speakers (1996) (now replaced by the 2008 Ethics in Ministry Relations), and the Ethical Guidelines for Congregations (1996) are being utilized and implemented within the Church of the Brethren.