Last year we told you about the groundbreaking research project we started in China thanks to your help.
Over the last 5 months Anna Glover has been assisting Research Manager, Ning Zhang, in planning, creating and carrying out the research. We spoke to Anna as she reflected on her time with the research team. Here's what she had to say:
"It's been such a great experience being part of this research project. Travelling to many different regions of China with the pressure on the team to produce a piece of work that will be accessible on a national scale has not always been easy. However, we found ourveslves continually motivated by the impact that the report will have in China and global foster care practice as a whole.
The research aims to explore and document the impact foster care has had on children, foster families and the communities at large.
Furthermore, the research intends to address any challenges that foster care projects are currently facing, and gives Care for Children an opportunity to provide even more targeted training as a result.
I am excited about the research because, once published, we believe this report will clearly demonstrate how Care for Children is changing the lives of orphaned and abandoned children in China for the better."
Thank you so much for all you have given to make this research a reality. This report will be an essential tool for relevant government officials and departments to better understand and address the problems vulnerable children in care are facing to continue to improve practices in years to come.
We are so thrilled that together we can help contribute towards long-term postitive changes in social welfare in China.
Thank you so much for your generous suppport this year!
What you have given really has made a difference.
Not just to the 7,800 children who have gone into families, or the 550 family placement workers who have been trained by Care for Children, but to the whole nation.
We are thrilled that earlier this month, the Chinese government announced a new national legislation listing family-based care as one of the primary alternative care methods for orphaned and abandoned children.
This is the first legislation of its kind in China and is a hugely signficant acheivement for the team.
It demonstrates national, systematic change in China as a result of Care for Children's training to improve the lives of vulnerable children.
We could not have acheived any of this though without your support. Thank you.
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Last week many of us celebrated Thanksgiving, and remembered all that were are thankful for in our lives. This year, Care for Children are saying thanks to you guys.
Without you we would not have trained over 500 people this year in family placemenet, or been able to support 800 children as they move into their new homes for the first time.
Last month, Care for Children visited families in Southern China who have taken orphans into their homes. We came across one village that surpassed all expectations. It was hugely encouraging to see that a large part of Daxing’s community had opened their homes to orphaned and abandoned children.
One of our staff members remarked that, "on one particular street it seemed as if every household had introduced a child from the state run orphanage into their family".
It was great to hear that the once sleepy town has been transformed by these children. It’s amazing that they have enhanced village life. Even villagers who were not foster parents spoke of the change.
An elderly woman in the village gave-up her house to be used as a special needs resource centre, built specifically to aid many of these children.
The centre ensures that the once orphaned children, many with special needs are able to continue living with their families in Daxing, rather than relocate back to the regional state-run orphanage.
Our team continues to work hard to ensure communities like this all over China are rising up to the challenge of caring for orphaned and abandoned children in their local area.
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Together we can see more children moved into families. Together we can see more communities transformed.
Until now there has been little empirical research in China as to the extent and impact of long-term foster care as an alternative to institutional (or orphanage) care. All that is about to change...
Last month Care for Children, along with our government partner the China Social Work Association (a subsidiary of China's Ministry of Civil Affairs), gathered in China’s Ningxia province to officially launch a joint research study on family placement in China. It was great to be able to gather together the movers and shakers of family placement care, including members of China’s national government and representatives from state-run institutions with long-running family placement programmes.
The study will focus on the impact of foster care on children and young people’s health and development, the experiences of foster parents and their communities, and the extent to which foster care has become established in China. The report will be written by Care for Children’s social work experts, independent specialist academics and governments officials. It is set to launch at the end of 2016.
With your support to Care for Children on Global Giving, long term foster care in China has been increasing in leaps and bounds since we began work in 1998. And so, from everyone at Care for Children, we sincerely thank you. Your gifts have given hope and new beginnings to so many children who have been moved from institutional care into local, loving foster families.
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Meet Lu Lu.*
Lu Lu was diagnosed with congenital heart disease, and was placed into a foster family when he was 4 years old. At first, he was very withdrawn. He had no interest in playing with toys and would rarely speak. However, after living with his family for over three years, Lu Lu's behaviour has transformed.
As a result of Care for Children’s ongoing training in how to develop a successful family placement programme for the staff at the orphanage where Lu Lu used to live, the staff have been able to provide resources and training for Lu Lu's foster family. His foster mother has been guided through this initial period while Lu Lu adapts to life in a family. She has dedicated much time and effort to understanding Lu Lu and discerning his personality. Because of the genuine love and patience of his foster mother, Lu Lu has ceased his harmful behavior and is incredibly attached to his foster mother.
Lu Lu has realized confidence and security within his foster family. He knows he has their support. When he plays with other children and has disagreements, he is able to come home and find comfort from his foster mother. She tells him: “Don’t worry, Mum will back you up.” This fills Lu Lu with joy.
THANK YOU to all our supporters. Without you, stories like these would not be possible.
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*All names in Care for Children reports have been changed to protect the identities of the children and their families.
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