Project #13517

Orphans into families in Asia: China & Thailand

by Care for Children
Care for Children Family Placement Conference
Care for Children Family Placement Conference

This year has seen growth, change and momentum build in all our project sites.

After hosting a successful Family Placement Conference in Beijing, China we look to move into a new season. China is entering a new project phase (Preparation for independence), which will focus on establishing five strategically located cities as pillars of best practice/training hubs for their respective regions. This is the third stage of our project methodology and it will allow us to offer a more deeper and advanced level of training which is a more innovative and strategic approach to advancing our family placement across China. 

In Thailand, we are developing a strategic programme to introduce foster care to all government run orphanages (National rollout stage), which will further facilitate and influence a national shift towards family-based care. We currently partner with 15 which will increase to 20 by the end of the year!  We will also publish our Thai training materials later this year making them accessible to organisations across Thailand.  

Our team have just completed a research project to Vietnam, which, although official reports have not been written up, has been fed back as a huge success! We are now in a better place to understand the need  in Vietnam and how we can meet that with the launch of a Pilot Project (stage one) in the near future! 

In Thailand, we are financially supporting up to 330 children in families with $24,250 still to raise this month. Alongside our family allowances our in-country teams have very busy training schedules with a goal of training 600 people this year! The average cost of a training workshop for 60 people is $25,700

The end of the year sees us host an international study visit to the UK which will cost up to $42,800. 

With the amazing start to the year we hope to continue this momentum as we head into our final six months. We appreciate these are big costs but any small donation you can give towards our project will be hugely beneficial and have impact on the many children we have the privaledge to serve. 

Thank you again for staying connected with our work. 

Our team visiting foster families
Our team visiting foster families
A smiley foster boy with his mother
A smiley foster boy with his mother

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.


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. 


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

China Update

The ground braking research project that we have been commissioned to write by the Chinese government is nearly half way through, there are 7 sections to the project and the remaining sections that are being researched are:

Section 3: How to prepare older foster children for a smotth transition to independance

Section 5: The role of foster care in promoting the transition of the function of the Social Welfare Institution

Section 6: The role of social workers in family foster care

Section 7: Influence of the family foster care project in the community and for families

We are very excited about the results so far and how this will impact children, families and communities in China

 Thailand Update

We are achieving some of the targets we have set for the country, we have planned for 2015:

  • 4 new orphanages on board with Care for Children
  • Support 80 children in families through their family placement allowance
  • Build a training centre for the charity in Chaing Mai
  • Launch and pilot new training material
  • Internatinal study visit to the UK with Thai government delegates

Thailand has grown it's team and will look to increase its work into other strategic geographic locations in the country 

Thank you for you support in helping 1 million children have a family home, so far 300,000 children now have a local family home they can call their own because of your giving


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Care for Children

Location: Norwich, Norfolk - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Thomas Abbott
Care for Children
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Province Thailand

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