RFK aims to intervene in more lives of children in foster care by:
Royal Family Kids (RFK) transforms communities by interrupting cycles of neglect, abuse and abandonment of children in the foster care system. We fulfill our mission by providing an array of programs, all directed toward changing the trajectory of young lives which usually include a combination of academic failure, drug abuse, teen pregnancy, sex trafficking, homelessness, and incarceration.
RFK is led by Christ followers who share a common goal with people of good will in caring for those Jesus referred to as, “The least of these.” In our case, children of neglect, abuse, and abandonment. Our Christian faith is woven into everything that we do as respond to Jesus Christ’s call to love and to serve. We pursue this mission through our holistic commitment to:
- Transformation: We believe that all lives can be changed, with joy and play leading the way.
- Security: We believe that safety and freedom from harm are essential.
- Love: We treat all people with dignity, generously lavishing them with kindness and compassion.
- Belonging: We facilitate interpersonal and community connectivity.
- Courage: We relentlessly serve for the betterment of society.
Director of International Programs
Director of Public Relations & Special Events
Liaison to Directors
Liaison to Directors
Ambassador, Great Lakes Region
Ambassador, New England Region
Ambassadors, Pacific Region
Tina and Larry Stealey
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CEO, Colbi Technologies, Inc.
Sales Director Western U.S., Silver Peak
Rebecca Neal Captain
COO, Power Plus
Founder and CEO, SC Capital Partners, Inc.
General Manager, for Omnific Advertising, Inc.
CEO, Million Dollar Baby Co.
President, United Access
Sandy Cook-Fong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska
Managing Director – Head of US Consumer Lending Sales, Citi
Jen Blakey, Ed. D.
Vice President, Organization Development and Training, Irvine Company
RFK Audit & Finance Committee Members:
Gunnar Gustafson, Chair; Mike Lang; John Beering; Brad Wayman; Paul Martin; Tony Choi, CPA
In 1985, an assistant pastor named Wayne Tesch and his wife, Diane, saw a need to provide hope to local foster children in Costa Mesa, California. They created a week-long summer camp held in the mountains, the “cathedral of the outdoors,” in order to create moments that matter for foster children ages 6-12.
After the first five years of hosting camps through their church, the Tesches realized the need was in every county in the U.S. As more friends and volunteers wanted to replicate their success, Wayne left his role in the local church and incorporated Royal Family Kids Camp as a nationwide organization, and developed a franchise model to scale their programing to other counties, drawing from Diane’s corporate franchising experience.
From 1990 to 2008, the organization steadily grew, serving more and more children each year and equipping more lay leaders from churches around the world to be able to serve children in foster care. Royal Family KIDS refined its training program and learned how to franchise its model so that its ultimate mission — to serve every foster child, ages 6-12 — would be possible.
In 2008, the organization expanded to include a school year mentoring program called “Royal Friends Club,” headed by Joanne Feldmeth, the former Executive Director for Child SHARE.
In 2018 Royal Family KIDS served over 9,872 children in 242 camps in 43 states and 7 international countries.
93 college kids changed their course of study to social services due to RFK service. We also had 2,651,391 total volunteer hours.