Casa Viva Costa Rica

In 2005, we started with one family from one church. We asked the local family to care for one child in their home and that single act set in motion a movement in the country of Costa Rica – countless stories of miracles, transformation and healing while also navigating the harsh realities of broken families and hurting children.

At Casa Viva, we learn by doing, by intentionally seeding and promoting vibrant life for children.  When we share our work with others, we do so not from theory, but from experience. Casa Viva Costa Rica is our home base.





nights of care in 2019

The Casa Viva Care Model

We start with a local church that recruits families and volunteers and supports them in their journey

We partner with the local government to identify needy children and pursue the best long-term alternatives

Local families are trained and supported by Casa Viva’s professional staff to open their homes and hearts to children.  

Casa Viva connects children into the families and ensures a safe, loving and connected relationship

Casa Viva Solutions

Casa Viva helps create personalized sustainability plans for children’s projects in Latin America and beyond, including onsite evaluations, staff trainings, consulting and more.

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Casa Viva Seminars

From team trainings to leadership planning, Casa Viva gives you the tools you need to care for children well.  Come to us or let us come to you – we’ll help you do this work better.

Let us help you care for children well

Casa Viva Greenhouse

The Casa Viva Greenhouse is where we do our research, our thinking, and our writing.  Caring for children separated from their families is a delicate and dangerous work.


Casa Viva believes we need solutions
deep and wide enough to last generations.

We have learned that the solution for children already exists. It was planted in the land long ago. If local families,  churches and communities are called forth, the care landscape will be impacted for years to come. The truth is, we need children. They bring the world life and wonder, they ask questions and surprise us with joy. The time is now to gather the children and bring them back home.