Care for Children training workshop
The challenge of changing a system that affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of children can feel overwhelming. But the progress China has made in the way they care for their orphaned and abandoned children proves that it is possible.
Every Care for Children project follows four key stages, which ensures sustainability, local ownership and impact, culminating in the government taking full ownership of the project.
Each project has a “Pilot” stage, where Care for Children will partner with one or two care institutions (orphanages), learning about their needs and developing a training curriculum. In China, we began this stage with the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, and quickly replicated it with other orphanages around the country.
The second stage is the “National Roll-Out,” when we are able to scale up rapidly across a project area. Once we have secured buy-in from the top levels of government, our team of social work experts re-train staff from government-run orphanages as family placement workers. We empower the staff to recruit, assess and train suitable foster families, as well as place, support and monitor children as they move from the orphanage into families for the long-term.
Our long-term goal is that Care for Children is no longer needed in our project areas. We spend the third stage of our projects “Preparing for Independence,” so that we can responsibly reach stage four, our “Exit” from the project areas.
China is too large for our team to train all orphanages, so, for stage three of this project, Care for Children is working to build the capacity of five strategically located orphanages across the country. The aim is to develop these sites into best practice examples of family placement and community-based care, as well as training hubs for their own regions. By the end of this stage, local experts at all five institutions will have the capacity to train, support and inspire other orphanages, gradually reducing reliance on Care for Children.
This model is sustainable because of the buy-in of local governments, institutions and individuals. In China, Care for Children has seen dedicated people step up across the country to make sure that the change we are seeing is going to affect Chinese children for decades to come.
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