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Mar 29, 2017

Care for Children team preparing to travel to Vietnam

Hanoi's picturesque rooftops
Hanoi's picturesque rooftops

We’re excited to announce that over the next few weeks, members from the UK and Thai teams will be travelling to Hanoi to set-up a project office, prior to the launch of this exciting project.  

The official launch of the project is not until July 1st to coincide with new legislation that is coming into effect.  This new legislation - the result of the Vietnam government attending one of our previous family placement conferences in Thailand - formalizes foster care as a positive alternative to institutional care.  This is a monumental development, as, up until now, there has been no mention of foster care in national legislation.  

Although legislative foundations for family-based care are gradually being built in Vietnam, not enough is being done to practically equip those at the grassroots level to see these systemic changes take hold nationally.  This is where we come in.

From July, our team in Vietnam will start working with two social protection centres (orphanages).  We will introduce them to the concept of family placement, while we develop and test our training materials, prior to rolling out our programme nationwide!

We will let you know once there are any further developments.  Once again, thank you for your support and staying connected with our work.

Mar 3, 2017

The benefits of peer support to foster families

A group of foster carers
A group of foster carers

One of Care for Children's fundraisers has just got back from an inspiring visit to the project in Thailand.  This is his account of the work he saw:

Foster Carers Visit

"Two weeks ago today I was in Northwest Thailand, on a visit to two remarkable groups of foster carers who live in the beautiful countryside north of Chiang Mai. At the first village we came to we stopped at a foster carer’s house to visit a group comprising of five families who were each fostering at least one child from Chiang Mai Home for Boys. In another village we met a similar sized group of carers who had taken in children from Chiang Mai Home for Girls. The two houses were homely and clean, centring around large communal areas which illustrated well the occupants’ lifestyle priorities."

"Each day the groups of carers meet at the two houses, supporting each other, sharing difficulties and achievements, and allowing the younger children to socialise whilst others attend school together. In this environment the children being fostered appear to be flourishing; developing essential social skills and confidence as part of a group to complement the strong attachment to their foster parents. This community (in the truest sense of the word) is what has so impressed the Care for Children team. Despite the vast disparity of resources, we would suggest that this model of interdependence and support could be an example to western family placement programmes."

National Conference

"The day after we visited the families I was able to attend the Thailand National Foster Care Conference, hosted by Care for Children in Chiang Mai. Delegations from all 20 government-run care institutions in Thailand attended, and in the morning session those who had recently begun running family placement programmes shared their initial experiences and challenges. It was great to see those institutions with more mature programmes being there to guide and encourage their colleagues. What really struck me throughout the day was the enthusiasm and unity amongst our frontline colleagues. They seemed truly passionate about this national movement, which is already changing their country for the better."

"During the afternoon another meeting took place at which Care for Children’s founder, Dr Robert Glover, addressed key officials responsible for implementing Thailand’s family placement programme. Robert shared encouraging stories from his time working in China, before driving home the message that the future welfare of Thailand’s orphaned and abandoned children rests firmly in the hands of those present. Clearly inspired by this message, our hope is that these delegates will continue to approach the task of shifting Thailand’s care provision from an institutional to a family-based model with the same drive and determination they have so far shown."

As our projects in China and Thailand enter new phases, we will make sure that we continue to keep you updated on this important work.

Thank you so much for your support and for staying connected to our work - it really is appreciated!

A group of foster children
A group of foster children
A regular meet up of foster cares and children
A regular meet up of foster cares and children
A baby with her foster mother
A baby with her foster mother
Team from Southern Thailand at the conference
Team from Southern Thailand at the conference
Jan 3, 2017

Big fundraising push

As we enter the new year and the launch date for our new Vietnam project gradually approaches, preparations are starting to gear up. 

As well as continuing the big fundraising push, we are continuing to build relationships with key government officials and the two care institutions (orphanages) that we will be working with initially, prior to rolling out our programme nationwide. 

We are extremely excited about starting this work, which will enable care institutions across the country to start placing orphaned and abandoned children into local families, although we still have a way to go in reaching our fundraising target.

We will let you know once there are any further developments.  Once again, thank you for your support and staying connected with our work. 

 
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