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. 

Links:

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
Jun 25, 2015

Demand for Care for Children Training Workshops

Guizhou Province in Red
Guizhou Province in Red

Demand for Care for Children Training Workshops

It was incredibly encouraged to find out from Sunny, our China Project manager, that provincial level bodies of the Chinese government are positively reacting to the Dec 1 National Legislation on Foster Care. Which means our work is more important than ever with the potential for huge impact! 

There are a handful of provinces that are leading the way in their implementation of the best practice family placement model that Care for Children offers. Guizhou province in the South and Jilin province in the North have taken advantage of this new legislation and requested Care for Children run training workshops catering to all orphanage staff.

It is exciting to be integral to China’s implementation of long-term foster care.

 
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