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Frequently Asked Questions

About Arms of Love

How did Arms of Love begin?
Where do you work?
What is your mission and purpose?
Can I adopt a child from one of your homes?

How did Arms of Love begin?

The seeds of our ministry were planted early in the life of Robert Benson, the founder of Arms of Love International. A child of abandonment and abuse, Robert was welcomed into a loving family that prayed for him, cared for him, and encouraged him as he matured. In the late ‘90s, Robert was surprised during a business meeting to receive a call from God to build homes for abandoned and abused children. To learn more about Robert, read his story.

We took in our first 8 children in April 2000. The Arms of Love Children’s Home in the Philippines began receiving children in January 2001.

To read more about the origins of this work, visit our How We Got Started page.

Where do you work?

Arms of Love is putting our compassion to work in Nicaragua and the Philippines. 

What is your mission and purpose?

The mission of Arms of Love is to give abandoned and abused children a home, a family and future so that they will become the leaders of tomorrow in their churches and in their communities.

Visit our How We Work page to read more about our strategy and mission. To go deeper, visit our Vision and Values page.

Can I adopt a child from one of your homes?

While we believe that adoption is an incredible gift, Arms of Love’s children are not available for international adoptions.

The focus of Arms of Love is on providing each child with a family environment in which to grow and mature in his home country. Through education, vocational training, loving care, and Christian discipleship, our long-term objective is to re-integrate each child into his community as a self-sufficient Christian adult who will impact his country for Christ.

If you are interested in pursuing adoption with a child who does not live at Arms of Love, we can introduce you to people in the Philippines or Nicaragua who could give you some more information.