Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children

by M'lup Russey Organization
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Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
Help Khmer Social Workers Care for Foster Children
MoSVY officer speech out their interest
MoSVY officer speech out their interest

Mlup Russey has helped Residential Care Institution/Orphanages to preventing family separation and transitioned from Center based care to Community and Family based care.

Overview:

Because of some deliberate explanations intended to increase its worth and the image of the institution, the meaning of orphanage is occasionally quite complicated and misinterpreted. However, it is merely described as a place for caring for orphans. Additionally, the orphanage is the final resort/option for orphans and vulnerable children, according to the Cambodia Alternative Care Policy, which means that family and community-based care are strongly encouraged and prioritized. Because some orphanages are registered as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work with orphans and vulnerable children, the term "orphanage" has different meanings in Cambodia as "residential care institution."

More than 60% of the children living in RCIs aren't actually orphans, according to our actual experience dealing with orphans and vulnerable children at this Residential Care Institution and from references in the UNICEF study. And some of them faked their identities in order to be chosen to live in RCI with the expectation that they would have a good place to live, wholesome food to eat, an improved educational system, and more freedom for their families from parental responsibility.

Thus, more or less, the presence of orphanage or RCI in Cambodia are the reason of increasing orphan inner the county. This is another reason why the Ministry of Social Work has a strategic plan to reduce the number of orphanages and RCIs in Cambodia while promoting community and family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children through partnership and cooperation with its non-governmental organization (NGO) partners to strengthen community and family-based care; and to prevent unnecessarily family separation for the children. MRO has also become one of their potential partners who are heavily involved in this family's strengthening through various approaches/strategies. One of them is a study tour for orphanages/RCIs to see the best practices of former RCIs that had completely transformed from center-based care to community and family-based care for children. 

Outcome statement

Dec 8-9, 2022: A study tour visit has been conducted in cooperation between MRO and MoSVY as we arranged a different RCI Directors from Battambang province and Phnom Penh to visit MRO’s Partners (Transitioned RCI) Mom Against Poverty Cambodia (MAPC) and Stellar Children Care Organization (SCCO) aim to increase their capacity in relation to community and family-based care for children as well.

Dec 18-19, 2022: As a result of the RCI meeting at Kep City, transitioned RCI Directors have established some of the community programs (Neang Bai Tong group, Youth group for the community for children, and parenting club) in responding to the needs of Orphan and Vulnerable Children in their target areas. This is one good evidence to encourage that the children are cared for in the community by their parents and community with a different program. Sharing and exchanging ideas between transitioned RCI has given them some important clues for dealing with the process and procedure of transition.

Mrs. UN Samphors passed a request from Neang Bai Tong Group as they are proposing a meeting with MRO to discuss and clarify some of the ideas and suggestions in relation to their willingness and commitments regarding environmental issues.

A significant suggestion from Mr. SAM Piseth is that he proposes a conference/workshop for orientation about the transition process to other Residential Care Institution Directors as it is very important and goes along with MRO’s strategy in promoting community-based care for children over RCI care.

Results for first visit to MAPC: RCI Directors had the opportunity to hear from the children directly about the different feelings between living in a Residential Care Institution and the life in the Community with their family. The children in the community said they have more confidence to live in the community rather than a Residential Care Institution because they can communicate with other people in the community, and they have improved their life skills through community people and their family. RCI Directors have appreciated the commitment of an elderly mother regarding the question from Mrs. Koun Chenda: “Without the supports from MAPC, what will you do?” Mother answered: “I will encourage my four children to continue their studies as I really don’t want them to live in a hard condition/poverty like me.”

Conclusion

This study tour provided a lot of inspiration for the RCIs who came to visit, as they saw the possibilities for turning the Center/Orphanage into another source of support for the children. At the same time, they have received some motivation from the government, MoSVY, the government supporting systems and strategy plan that have assisted the vulnerable and orphan to sustain their living in family, but the government requires more partners to join hands to strengthen family livelihood and help them apply positive parenting skills. So this appears to be an opportunity for them to reallocate their existing resources and prepare a proposal to their donors with a new approach and strategy, or to supplement their existing implementation to support family reunification in the process of children reintegration. 

Be noted that some RCIs don’t have plan and budget for children reintegration which make the process of reintegration very complicated and risky to the children as they are backing to their family in the community when the support are not properly readied for them.

More than this, RCIs which had been transitioned have shared about their community and family engagement programs which are really effective in supporting the wellbeing, livelihood, and maintaining a good relationship between vulnerable children’s family members and also preventing family separation; and the important thing is that they don’t hold accountability of the children’s lives as their guidance. The directors state that this is their release comparing to their services ran as the Center for the children which they have to take fully accountable for all the children, including food, safety, education, wellbeing, development, and other standard of living that have to fit the Minimum Standard Policy of Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation(MoSVY).

Lastly, we are local NGO feel so blessed to be apart working to protect the children to ensure their right would be fulfilled and more to supporting them to be in the care of their biological family which is the blessing attachment from birth and every children deserve to have. The expression of NGOs partners who came for this visit and also Government officers, stated that Mlup Russey is truly a child safe organization and strongly support the care of family and join hand with a good work to prevention unnecessary family separation.

visiting transitioned RCI/Orphanage
visiting transitioned RCI/Orphanage
Presenting of children community program
Presenting of children community program
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Case Conference with authorities
Case Conference with authorities

 

MRO: In the last quarter, there have been 5 serious cases of abandoned children who are left behind with their very poor grandparents. All the children are unfortunately losing their basic needs and rights that cause harm to their development and safety.

The local authority called for intervention from the MRO to take care of the cases and hope that the vulnerable and orphan children can be restored, meeting their needs and rights to live, and having access to proper development.

According to our assessment and visit, we see the Children actually face a lot of challenges and seem to face some kind of exploitation, and abuse, both physically and emotionally, by their poor, old, and stressful grandparent. The children have not attended school regularly since their grandparents bring them for begging money along the street and collect plastic bottles in the village to exchange for small money ( Et Chay).

Following the evaluation, MRO purposefully convened case conferences and meetings with the relevant authority partners to look for available resources to respond to the needs of these children and their families. 

As a result, there have been a lot of hands collected from various NGOs, authorities, and private sectors putting to support these misfortune children and their families. They first provided emergency food packages and searched for their family members and relatives, as it is the primary option before alternative care services. Finally, we found their trusted, close family member with whom we can further work, promoting family based on care and prevention, avoid unnecessary family separation. Furthermore, all of the kids are starting back up in school, and their families have promised never to stop them again. The children's education will be supported by several NGO partners up until they complete grade 12. In order for the families to be able to take use of the free services and supports offered by the government, the authorities are trying to create an ID poor card for them. Additionally, MRO keeps working with its partner to provide these OVC (orphan and vulnerable children) families with the chance to better their standard of living through activities that generate revenue. Parenting advice, coaching, and follow-up are all provided.

 

There have been 18 misfortunate children have been intervened and supported.

 

 

OVC family house
OVC family house
OVC needs assessment
OVC needs assessment
Visiting OVC family
Visiting OVC family
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Work with authority in reunification process
Work with authority in reunification process

By 2021, MRO had completed its phase 3 project cycle and was facing significant funding issues. We are fortunate that MRO still has two funders committed to supporting us in phase 4, which runs from 2022 to 2024. However, because of drop-in some support, MRO chose to restructure and develop a new strategy to safeguard and serve Cambodia's OVC. Two significant developments occurred during the reorganization process. Those were changes to the organization's structure and personnel.

As a result of the restructuring, 19 staffs have been hired, with six of them serving on the Management Committee, which oversees and directs this local organization. We decided to have two offices, one in Phnom Penh City and the other in Battambang Province, because of the financial value. We anticipate that this will lower transportation expenses and improve the effectiveness and speed of our case intervention service.

Despite some significant changes inside Mlup Russey, our services and strengths continue to be active for the best interests of Cambodia's orphans and vulnerable children. Furthermore, we are expanding our services to new target locations where OVC there have not been adequately supported and safeguarded. We began capacity development and staff orientations in the first quarter of this phase 4 to ensure that our staff is capable of implementing the MRO plan and can apply any government guidelines, standards, and best practices for the protection of children and in their best interests. In addition to the internal preparation and staff capacity development, our team have implemented and delivered MRO services for OVC and their families throughout the same time period.

Obviously, four OVC cases were reunited with their biological families in the first quarter. In the case of a youngster, after discussing with the appropriate authorities, we decided to refer him to a standard Residential Care Center for long-term care because the search for his family and relatives revealed that he has none left. 

In addition, the other three OVC have been intervened and supported by cooperation between MRO and the Authority. These three children have been deprived of their basic rights and are subjected to exploitation and domestic violence. Following the intervention, these three children were given food emergency packages and are able to return to school. Their families also received counseling and advice on how to raise their children in a positive manner and how to avoid using domestic violence. Local authority promise to take regularly observation and follow up to these families to ensure there won’t be any violent and children keep going to school.Local authorities there have been educated on how to work with children and their families as a result of this process and may be inspired to learn more about working to help OVC since they perceive many dangers that the children may face in their communities.

Children is back with her mother
Children is back with her mother
children reunited back into their family
children reunited back into their family
Reunited back with family
Reunited back with family
Intervened cases of domestic violent
Intervened cases of domestic violent
OVC family received supports after intervention
OVC family received supports after intervention
Assess OVC family to help them stop violent
Assess OVC family to help them stop violent

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Strengthening Authorities for accountable responding to 

the needs of Vulnerable Children

In some remote areas in Cambodia, many children still miss the opportunity for schooling and other development. One of the main reasons behind this is that they don't have a birth certificate to identify their identity. Without this essential official document, there would be a disaster for their whole life living without true identities, could not access any necessary available services according to their right, and were not protected. 

So that, helping Orphan and Vulnerable children to have a birth certificate is an essential support in our case management process for getting them away from the possible risks and having their best interest regarding their rights. 

Indeed, in Rom Lech village, 2 Crocodile commune, Pusat province, approximately 90 percent of children from 0 to 16 years of age remain without birth certificates. According to the child protection policy, they are already at high risk for their situation without birth certificates. That means they are already losing important services and protection. Our staff has been visiting the area intended to access the reason behind this and witnessed the information given by the local authority that most families are impoverished and located far from the commune center.  

After gathering information, we have been working with the Department of childwelfair by gathering relevant authorities in a meeting to identify any possible and practical intervention activities for helping those vulnerable children to get birth certificates. 

Many ways have been raised to sort the problem out, but it seems challenging to carry them out with the difficult road and the safety for the children. Finally, the authorities have decided to bring all the relevant materials such as computers, printers, and other stuff to the closest areas to the children's house. It was the surprising and tear of joy to see this going to happen, for it seemed impossible and rarely happened, seeing the commitment of commune officers willing to do such a thing. 

As a result, the plan worked very well, and 105 vulnerable children have received their birth certificates within two days from the strong will and commitment of the authorities. During the event, the vulnerable children who are at high risk are also identified and noted for intervention by local authorities. And More than this, the families who brought their kids for birth certificate also were educated from the local authorities about the important of having birth certificate for their children. 

 As a local NGO who are working for the life changes and better life of Orphan and Vulnerable children, we are so happy to see the changes of behavior and attitude of duty bearers who commit and put themselves in the effective accountability in their job for the protecting the children and their best interest. 


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It is a tough time due to the situation in Cambodia that everyone felt pandemic and worried about Covid-19. At the same time, M’lup Russey’s Social Worker has contributed their time and commitment to take action and deliver the service to the children at risk and crisis in the communities.    During this three-month, M’lup Russey’s social workers strive and take high accountability even during these challenging situations by expecting the children we serve to continue receiving support to cope with their emergency needs and crisis. A motivation phrase, "as a social worker if we do not care, who cares for the lives of vulnerable children and people," always inspires us to work hard and remain flexible, keeping our services and strategy possible to those in need. However, MRO also prepared some support to protect our staff from the Covid-19 infection and their emotions and mental health. 

 

Within the reporting period, there were 42(17F) reintegrated children who received direct follow-up visits. 05(05F) cases among those got visited directly from the DoSVY and Local Authorities in Pailin and Pursat provinces due to travel restriction of M’lup Russey Social Workers. These follow-up visits showed that 14 children and 03 (child monks) were continuing school regularly before the schools closed. They were happy to go to school with the support and motivation from their family. Most of the families are in difficulty and facing financial crisis during this time. For the children, their schools were closed, only a few of them can learn online, but most of them are unable to do so due to no online alternatives in public schools and/or with no assistance/encouragement from their families. 

Moreover, 15 (12F) foster children were visited in Emergency Foster Care every month, and one among those has been had regular phone follow up from our Social worker, too. Throughout this activity, the Social Workers and children have strengthened relationships. And the children can share their life experiences, speak out about challenges in Emergency Foster Care and find solutions together to help the children with behavior change. These visits also provide space for Social Workers to hear their thoughts for the future, which can help Social Workers to develop plans following the case management process

Our social worker worked with 05(04F) cases that were closed in Phnom Penh, Pursat, and Tbong Khmom province. All these children are fully supported in their physical and emotional needs by regular follow up from our social worker and their family. The children are motivated to go to school regularly to understand the value and importance of education as their parents are always encouraging them. 

135 Orphan Vulnerable Children’s families in Battambang, Pusat, and Siem Reap Province have received emergency support packages during the crisis of the Covid-19 epidemic through resource-gathering activities that Key Community People and their partner worked together. Even though the packages were MRO’s contribution, KCP and their partner have initiated and efforted for distribution. This result has produced a great motivation and impact to KCP, Local authorities, and the Community seeing the potentials and importance of community people in social and child protection. 

Child Welfare Network Sector’s from M’lup Russey implementation activities have continued responding to the needs of vulnerable children by providing essential services, such as cooperation with relevant Authorities in rescuing 10 girls sexual abuse victims, intervention for raped children, and finding safer places for the children who were afraid of living in their home. CWN sector has cooperated with NGO partners and relevant Local Authorities for placing children in temporary safe places. Moreover, we have sought legal support from other NGOs to help the children with the legal procedures and ensure justice and safety. 

We have continued to work very hard to support and respond to 131 OVC emergency interventions and find solutions to help each child and family according to the actual needs and necessities for the benefit of the child, including food, sanitation, and supporting the process for legal documents (birth certificates, identity cards). We also did case conferences to find support for the children to receive appropriate shelter through meetings, case conferences, NGO partners, and relevant Local Authorities. We did process linking service by providing regular food to the children every month. Within this period, 42 children who didn’t have a birth certificate received support for M’lup Russey social workers. They got birth certificates, registered for school, and used legal as Cambodia citizenship. 

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