Our History

In 1985, Pastor Wayne Tesch saw a need to provide hope to local foster children in Costa Mesa, California. The result — a week-long summer camp was held in the mountains. The goal —  to create moments that matter for 37 foster children ages 6-12.

From 1990 to 2008, the organization steadily grew, serving more and more children each year and equipping more leaders from churches around the world to be able to serve children in foster care. Royal Family KIDS was well on its way to realize that its ultimate mission — to serve every foster child, ages 6-12 — could be possible.

In 2008, Royal Family KIDS expanded to include a school year mentoring program. Together with camps, mentoring allows children to experience life-changing moments year-round.

As of November 2020, Royal Family KIDS officially became For The Children. This change acknowledges the broad reach of many of our chapters in advocacy, awareness, fostering and adoption, volunteer engagement and more. In nearly every U.S. state and in locations across the globe, For The Children chapters discover these opportunities as they implement Royal Family KIDS Camp and Mentoring models.

Celebrating over 30 Years of Transforming the Lives of Children in Foster Care


Wayne and Diane Tesch arrive in California to pursue ministry and children's outreach.

Newport Mesa Christian Center sponsors the first Royal Family KIDS (RFK) summer camp for 37 abused and hurting children in foster care. After just 5 days, the Tesches see the astonishing difference camp makes for the children and know that more camps could take place all over the country.


After churches in different areas begin hosting camps, Wayne and Diane launch Royal Family KIDS Camps, Inc for children with a history of abuse, neglect and/ or abandonment to experience the joy of being kids each summer.

13 RFK camps are operating.


RFK celebrates its 10th anniversary, having served more than 10,000 children.

Grows to operate 113 camps throughout the US.


Expands to include a school year mentoring program called "Royal Friends Club."

Hits milestone of having served more than 50,000 children since its inception.


RFK serves over 9,872 children in 242 camps in 43 states and 6 International countries. Ninety-three college students change their courses of study to social services after volunteering with RFK. We also log 1,937,655 total volunteer hours.

For The Children is formed as a parent organization to support Royal Family KIDS Camp and Mentoring programs while expanding our scope.