Mar 13, 2018

Ending the year on a high!

Care for Children's founder at the launch ceremony
Care for Children's founder at the launch ceremony

We’re pleased to report that we ended the year on a very positive note. In December, in preparation for starting training at the two Social Protection Centres (orphanages), which we’re partnering with, the team conducted a training assessment at both project sites as well as the communes in Thai Nguyen and Hanoi. The aim of this assessment was to ascertain their current level of knowledge of foster care so that the team can tailor the training programme accordingly.

We hope that by our next update we will have started training staff from the two pilot sites. In April 2018, the team hopes to begin the training programme with the two Social Protection Centres, communes and government staff, which will initially focus on the “What is Foster Care?” training workshop. There will be 3-5 workshops delivered during the month. This is extremely exciting and will be worth the months of hardwork that the team has put in to establish the project.

One of the key challenges that the team has experienced has been to understand the government’s calendar and trying to work within their schedule. Although this can be frustrating, the government has also been flexible when it has come to major decisions with the project. This is pioneering work in which Care for Children and the Vietnamese government are treading new ground. So, we have to be willing to take it step by step, working side by side with the government at a similar pace, remaining flexible and focused to continue the project and to make sure it has an impact.

Once again, thank you for your support and staying connected to our work.

Feb 6, 2018

Successful year for the China training team

Training in full flow
Training in full flow

We’re pleased to report that 2017 was an extremely successful year for the project. As you know, we deliver training in family placement to orphanages across Asia, enabling them to set up or expand local family placement programmes. This means that children can be moved out of the orphanages and placed with local, loving foster families.

China is too large for Care for Children’s team to train all state-run orphanages, so a more innovative and strategic approach is required. Our focus in 2017 was to build the capacity of five more experienced orphanages that are strategically located across the country. Our hope is for them to become regional training hubs and examples of best practice in family placement, with the capacity to train and influence other orphanages within their respective provinces.

Over the year, we delivered training to 249 orphanage staff from these five orphanages, as well as a number of other smaller orphanages. We were delighted that several staff members from the five orphanages joined our team to co-deliver some of the training workshops.

Furthermore, each of the five orphanages delivered at least one training workshop independently of Care for Children. These workshops were attended by foster carers, their own staff and, in some cases, staff from other orphanages. This is an extremely exciting development as it goes a long way to ensuring that this work is sustainable in the long-term.

Once again, thank you for your support and staying connected with our work.

Training workshop
Training workshop
Orphanage staff learning about family placement
Orphanage staff learning about family placement
Dec 13, 2017

Project officially launched!

Care for Children's SE Asia Regional Manager
Care for Children's SE Asia Regional Manager

The big news since our last update is that the project has now been officially launched!

The project launch ceremony took place on Monday 20th November in partnership with the Vietnamese government. Approximately 50 people attended the event, including Robert Glover (Executive Director & Founder, Care for Children), Deputy Minister Ms Dao Hong Lan from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Director Mr. Dang Hoa Nam from the Department of Child Affairs (DCA), the British Ambassador, Mr Giles Lever, as well as government officials from various ministries, departments and Social Protection Centres (orphanages).  

This was the first time that all the influential people related to the project were in one place, and we were given the platform to explain the foster care pilot project to all relevant parties. The speeches were insightful, passionate and engaging, promoting foster care as a new alternative to institutional care, and how it could be implemented in Vietnam with the support of Care for Children. 

Deputy Minister Lan remarked that the cooperation is "very good timing", and that she is "completely committed to its success". Ambassador Lever gave his full endorsement to what is a "major new programme" for Vietnam, remarking that the Embassy is "ready to stand with you and support this work wherever possible".

In order to raise awareness of the project, MOLISA invited many national and local television channels and newspapers to the event. In fact, the event featured on the evening news of VTV 1 (similar to BBC 1). We were also featured in Vietnam News, which can be viewed here.

While we realise this is just the beginning, we want to start as we mean to go on: with positive engagement of key stakeholders, building momentum, and a collective will to see orphaned and vulnerable children placed into loving families.

Once again, thank you for your support and staying connected to our work. 

Launch ceremony
Launch ceremony
Care for Children's Founder & Executive Director
Care for Children's Founder & Executive Director
The ceremony in full swing
The ceremony in full swing
 
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