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Mar 17, 2014

Expanding Across Asia

Delegates attended from across Vietnam
Delegates attended from across Vietnam

What an incredible start to 2014 for Care for Children!

Our team has just returned from a successful trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, led by our Royal Patron, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, to explore opportunities of expanding our work into Vietnam. 

Care for Children went to host a Family Placement Conference in Vietnam, sharing best practice on how to make the transition from institutional care to family-based care. There are around 22,000 children growing up in institutions in Vietnam, and the government has asked for Care for Children's help in giving them the opportunity to grow up in a family of their own. 

The conference was co-hosted by Care for Children and Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids & Social Affairs (MOLISA). Over 200 delegates attended from across Vietnam, including Orphanage Directors, social workers and government leaders. The Care for Children team also had the opportunity to partner with the British Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) while in Hanoi. 

All the hard work paid off, and the conference was a great success. Furthermore, the Vietnamese government has asked Care for Children to start a pilot family placement project in Vietnam in partnership with MOLISA and UNICEF in 2015. The team is very excited about this new partnership and the opportunity to help thousands of children in Vietnam flourish as they grow up in families of their own. 

With your generous support we are going to be able to see more orphans from across Asia placed into good, local families who can love and nurture them to reach their full potential as we have the opportunity to work with the government in Vietnam. 

Robert Glover speaking at the conference
Robert Glover speaking at the conference
The busy streets of Hanoi
The busy streets of Hanoi

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Dec 30, 2013

"I can't wait to hear him call me Mom for the first time"

"I can't wait to hear him call me Mom for the first time!" said foster mom, Shan Shan, to our team at a recent site visit in China's Shanxi province. Her new son has had some trouble with his speech, but since living with Shan Shan it has been improving quickly. One of the important aspects of placing children into families is to provide them with the opportunity to develop a sense of security, safety and trust.  "When children can trust in their secure base, they are free to explore, learn and develop.” says Care for Children's Group Training Manager, Mary Beek. The children being placed into families often have been diagnosed with a learning disability, cerebral palsy or show signs of developmental delay, and we have heard countless stories from our project partners of the vast improvements in a child's development after being placed with a family. This is how your donation makes a difference. From now through December 31st, all new monthly donations are being MATCHED by an anonymous donor on Global Giving. This will be a one-time 100% match! To qualify for the match, supporters must give at least four consecutive months. Isn't that fantastic? Make your year-end gift go even further by signing up for recurring doonations to Care for Children on Global Giving this holiday season. Let's keep working together to change the lives of these children. Thank you for your support!

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Dec 17, 2013

Thank you for your support!

Thomas Abbott, Thailand Country Manager
Thomas Abbott, Thailand Country Manager

Our Thailand project has been running for a little over a year now. We tell our project partners: ‘we’re successful when you’re successful’, and although it is still very early, this project is showing many signs of success, including positive relationships between Care for Children and our partnering orphanage in Chiang Mai, collective enthusiasm for the work, eagerness to learn, creative ideas, and visionary plans. 

Our partner in Chiang Mai has begun their local family placement project and has employed their first family placement officer (sponsored by Care for Children) bringing the count up to two! We are also excited that they have successfully placed 32 children into families to date! 
In other news, the Care for Children team has just moved into our new office in Thailand! We are looking forward to exciting times ahead! Our vision is to place 1 MILLION orphaned children into good, local families in Asia.
Thank you for supporting this project - the work cannot happen without you! Join Care for Children's Christmas Campaign and our 'vision for a million' orphaned children into good, local families.

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