Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village

The Philip Hayden Foundation was formed in 1995, and the first children were welcomed to Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village in 2006. The Philip Hayden Foundation is a registered 501c3 organization, and your gifts are tax deductible under US Tax laws. Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village has grown to fill a 7-acre site near Beijing, China, and that name is now more recognizable than our original name. We have completed the necessary paperwork to be doing business as Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village, or SFCV.

Each child needs more than one sponsor, at $35/month per sponsor, to cover the cost of their care at Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village. Your donations go to the daily care of our children – including the care and upkeep of the facility. We employ more than 100 Chinese staff who care for the children and the operation of SFCV.

You may sponsor a child for any length of time, and may discontinue your sponsorship at any time. Many of our children are adopted, and you may choose to discontinue your sponsorship at that time or transfer your sponsorship to another child. For the children in our care who were adopted during the last three years, the average stay at SFCV was about three years.

Call us at 1-866-526-3712 or email us with any questions or for assistance.

We love adoption! We are not an adoption agency, but we strongly advocate for the children in our care. We have a great relationship with many orphanages, and they send us children who need medical care, therapy, education, or vocational training beyond the orphanages’ ability to provide. We strongly encourage orphanages to complete the complex paperwork for adoption, and send that information to the China Center for Child Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA), where the children are then placed on a waiting children list made available to adoption agencies. We also are happy to advocate for children in our care who are on the waiting children list.

Pre-identification of children for adoption is not allowed by the China Center for Child Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA). However, if a child is on the waiting children list made available to adoption agencies, some families have worked with agencies that have successfully located that child. We cannot help with that process. We recommend these agencies:

For more information, contact us.

Yes! Children desire love, care, and attention. Come visit us! The experience will change your life forever. We do have visiting hours – our children also need routine and structure. For more information about scheduling a visit, go to Visiting Shepherd’s Field.

We send quarterly updates via email to our sponsors, including new photos and information about your sponsored child’s therapy, medical needs, development, and daily activities. If you do not have an email address, we will send this information via USPS.

When a child leaves SFCV, whether by adoption, returning to their orphanage, or passing away, the sponsors are notified. You then have an opportunity to choose a new child to sponsor. We can also choose a child for you. You may discontinue your sponsorship at any time by contacting us.

Yes. Gifts may include clothing, toys, or books. For specific sizes, current needs, and information on how to send a gift, please contact us. Packages must be sent by USPS rather than a service to ensure delivery without incurring extra delays and charges in customs.

Generally no. Recent rule changes in China have made the transfer of discretionary funds difficult. However, you may contact us and we will provide you with gift options on which you may purchase and have shipped directly to Shepherd’s Field.

We purchase clothing and school supplies in China to help support the local economy. We inspect, clean, sort, and store clothing to be re-used for other children. You may send a gift of new clothing to your sponsored child. Contact us for sizing and shipping information.

We currently have volunteers in China and around the world. There are many ways to volunteer with SFCV, both short term and long term.  We would be happy to view your Volunteer Application. Long term volunteer positions are on the Get Involved page, as well as applications for interns.