Mar 18, 2016

Looking ahead to 2016

We finished 2015 with some huge accomplishments. These include the traning of 706 people in family placement, financially supporting 1250 children back in families and continuing our partnership with two nations.
Towards the end of the year we hosted two events on behalf of Care for children. The first was 'One Day for Orphans' in Chiang Mai, Thailand and the second was our Christmas Fundraising Ball in London. Both gathered an influential guest list around caring for the orphan. It was a great way to end the year!

As we look ahead to 2016, there are many exciting activities planned as we progress with our work in Asia. We want to share some of those with you:

In April we will host the Family First National Conference in Beijing where leaders of governments from around Asia will gather to learn more about our model and the importance of family care. The theme for the conference is ‘The journey to permanence’. 

After three years, we will complete our national foster care research project in China – the first of its kind, and commissioned by the Chinese government. 

The Thai project will publish their new, culturally relevant, government-endorsed Thai Training materials after two years of developing them.

The new National Foster Care Project in Thailand will accelerate from 5 project sites to 15 throughout the country.

We will host international study visits and learning exchange programmes for orphanage staff and government delegates, expanding their understanding and vision for the future of child welfare in their own countries.  

Our Founder and Executive Director, Robert Glover OBE will receive an honorary doctorate from Nyack College, New York in May.

In November we will gather influential leaders from around the world in America for our third annual event: One Day for Orphans.

In China, we aim to help place an estimated 9,800 children into families and train 500 people in family placement care.  

In Thailand, we aim to financially support up to 330 children in families, and train over 100 orphanage and government staff in family placement to place ‘000s more children into families.

We will continue to make progress to launch new projects in Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia, starting with our research trip to Vietnam this year. This will open up the opportunity to help hundreds of thousands of more vulnerable children.


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Dec 21, 2015

Our latest video and growth in Thailand

New video from China, "The Village":

In September 2015 Care for Children's Founder and Executive Director took a group to visit a remarkable village near Kunming, China where 53 families have welcomed 166 children into their foster homes. We have just released this video to capture some of the storyand you can find the link at the end of this report.

 

Care for Children staff trial new training materials across Thailand:

Meanwhile in Thailand, following the signing of our new three-year agreement with the Thai Government earlier this year, we have launched the National Foster Care Project, beginning with four new project sites to test the national training materials that were developed during the pilot project stage. The training team has travelled to deliver on-site training, as well as hosted national workshops at our new Training & Resource Centre. We plan to publish the training materials by Spring next year, after which 10 more sites will be added to the project, taking the total to 15. It’s exciting to see our work gaining national momentum. 

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Sep 25, 2015

Making Strategic Changes

Meeting HRH Prince Michael of Kent
Meeting HRH Prince Michael of Kent

We were thrilled to host some of Thailand's most senior child welfare movers and shakers in the UK recently for exciting discussions about the future of Thailand's child welfare. 

Five of Thailand's top government officials, including the Director-General of the Department of Children & Youth, came to London to meet with members of the House of Lords and UK-based social welfare experts to discuss family placement in Thailand. 

The group were particularly excited to be welcomed into Kensington Palace by our Royal Patron, HRH Prince Michael of Kent, who gave his whole-hearted support and encouragement to this work.

The group came away truly understanding the significance of foster care in Thailand for vulnerable children, and with renewed momentum and passion in pushing forward a new social welfare system with Care for Children's support. 

This is international partnership at it's very best and we believe it will be looked back upon as watershed moment in the development of Thailand's social welfare. 

Thank you for all your support. Together we are strategically changing the way vulnerable children are cared for in Thailand. What a privilege!

At the House of Lords with Lord Alton
At the House of Lords with Lord Alton
Lunch at the Royal Thai Embassy in London
Lunch at the Royal Thai Embassy in London
Outside Kensington Palace, London
Outside Kensington Palace, London
 
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