Aug 12, 2019

The village with multiple generations of foster families

Two generations of foster parents
Two generations of foster parents

Every month, we're working hard to ensure more children are moved out of orphanages and into loving foster families. Our work isn't a quick fix; we're providing long-term solutions to a complex challenge, and helping governments in Asia create sustainable models.

There's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes, but the goal is always to provide the opportunity for children to thrive in the unique care of a family. On a recent trip to China, we returned to a village in Luquan, Yunnan Province, where in 2015 we filmed 'The Village'. You can watch that video here.

Remarkably, this one village has fostered hundreds of children, with multiple generations of families now welcoming children into their homes. It is wonderful to see this cultural transformation taking place, with vulnerable children given new hope by these amazing families.

While in Luquan, we attended the opening of the new Community Resource Centre, the culmination of years of work in partnership with the Chinese government and the IKEA Foundation. This brilliant facility will revolutionise the care that vulnerable children receive, providing physiotherapy, special needs education and many other services for the fostered children in the community.

The Community Resource Centre is the best example of our long term goal, enabling increased independence and long-term sustainability for the foster care system in China, meaning many more generations of children can grow up in loving foster families.

We're so grateful for your amazing support, and we know that these children's lives couldn't be transformed without you.

Opening of the Community Resource Centre
Opening of the Community Resource Centre
To generations of foster mothers
To generations of foster mothers
Jun 3, 2019

"You are our son, you are part of our family"

While our team was recently visiting Vieng Ping to deliver some training, we interviewed one of the foster parents who had taken in a child from the orphanage…

“I used to work in a school for seven years. When I left the school, I thought of applying to become a foster parent as I had seen other people in my village who were fostering. I went to the orphanage four times to inquire about being a foster parent and then finally one day I got a call to say that they had a little boy for us. I ran to tell my husband and just exploded with excitement that he was going to have a new son. Right from the first day, we felt like he was a part of our family and I told him over and over, You are our son, you are part of our family."

"This little boy has ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and he doesn’t always manage to pay attention and concentrate when he is at school. Having worked in a school before, I knew how important it was that I have a good relationship with his teacher and that I follow-up on his progress. At first, my foster son would say that he didn’t have any homework and after a few days I thought to myself that I’d better check with the teacher. I called the teacher and she said that she always gave the children homework, so I asked her if she would mind checking with my foster son every day to make sure that he had written down what the homework was. She was happy that I was taking that much interest in my son and we work together to make sure he gets the best from his education.”

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

May 14, 2019

Recruitment and Assessment of Foster Carers

Training in action
Training in action

In April our team conducted the first of eight workhsops this year for staff from two Social Protection Centres (orphanages).

This training - composed of 11 modules - will enable them to become family placement workers who can recruit, assess and train suitable foster carers from the local community, as well as place, support and monitor children as they move into families.

This workshop covered the ‘Recruitment and Assessment of Foster Carers’. Research tells us that in terms of outcomes for children growing up in institutional care who are recruited as foster carers is at least as important as the training, support and supervision provided to foster carers once they are approved. This makes the recruitment and assessment processes crucial to an effective fostering service. It is an extremely important process to ensure that all children and young people placed in foster care are safe, secure and can reach their full potential.

The training which took place in Hanoi over three days was attended by 36 people.

Over the second half of the year, the staff will also receive tailored, on-site training every two weeks to walk them through their first placements.

Our ultimate goal is for the two Social Protection Centres to launch successful family placement programmes – becoming the first government-run orphanages in the country to begin the process of moving orphaned and abandoned children into local foster families. This will serve as inspiration and a blueprint for all other orphanages across Vietnam.

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

Care for Children's training team
Care for Children's training team
Training presentations
Training presentations
Training activity
Training activity
Interactive training
Interactive training
Questions from trainees
Questions from trainees
 
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