Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families

by Children In Families Organization
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Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families
Income generation through a small family shop
Income generation through a small family shop

Hello everyone, 

Welcome to the May Report for Children in Families' Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families project.

Covid-19 continues to be prominent in the world news. While some countries are seeing a return toward normal, others are seeing the virus ramp up. Such is the case here in Cambodia. To put it into perspective, up until February 20, 2021 Cambodia had a cumulative total of only 516 cases since the very beginning of the pandemic. Today, the cumulative count has reached 22,889. We recognize that there are other countries with much higher numbers - the alarming thing has been the rate at which the numbers have grown. The government is trying to balance tough restrictions to “flatten the curve" with people's need to make a living and access food and other necessities. 

Whereas in our last report we shared that we had been able to get back to a fairly normal way of operating utilizing good hygiene and protective equipment, we have had to return to flexible case management, providing virtual visits with face-to-face visits allowed only in low risk areas. Whether online or in person, we monitor the children’s safety and wellbeing, address family needs holistically, and educate families in topics such as healthy parenting and Covid-19 prevention. We currently have 436 active cases with 333 of those children living with their own immediate or extended family members and 103 living with capable foster families, including one in short term emergency care.

Despite current restrictions, some great things are happening. We were able to close six foster care cases because the children were successfully adopted by their foster families. We monitored the cases for six months following the adoptions and our final assessment showed each of these families to be continuing to provide a high quality of care and a stable, safe, and secure family setting. It’s so wonderful to see these children in their forever families. We look forward to seeing more adoptions, as there are several in process in the courts now, as well as other foster families who have expressed a desire to adopt their foster children.

As a result of CIF's support for Income Generation Activities for 16 of our most economically insecure families, all of the involved families report being optimistic about improving their living condition and providing support for their children. In addition to financial support, CIF field staff have guided them through frequent reflections and problem-solving to achieve sustainability.

Covid-19 is keeping us all on our toes. While it is challenging, it is also growing us in our ability to think flexibly and creatively and to enhance the resilience of our organization and our families.

We are so very grateful for your continued support of the work of CIF. You help to make all of this possible and we hope that you are encouraged to see the progress that continues to be made.  

All the best, 

The CIF Team

Another small shop for family income generation
Another small shop for family income generation
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Hello everyone, 

Happy New Year! Welcome to the January Report for Children in Families' Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families' project.

Since the last update, Covid cases have risen and dropped here in Cambodia. Currently, we are in a good place with the number of cases. Schools, religious gatherings, and cinemas have reopened with safety precautions in place. This means that our work can be relatively normal again which is reassuring and refreshing for our staff and our families. 

In this update, we would like to share some exciting news from our HEAL team. The HEAL team recently conducted meetings and trainings to local leaders in 3 different districts on the benefits of family based care and the long term negative impact of children living in RCI or orphanages. The team will do more trainings to these same leaders to be advocates in their communities. In addition to these trainings, the team also conducted trainings on child rights to church leaders in 2 different provinces. Another exciting agreement happened with our HEAL team and key persons of 4 different districts. These leaders signed cooperation agreements to protect children from any abuses and from family separation. All good things as we begin 2021!

It is a busy time of year. With reflecting on 2020, we want to thank all of you for the support last year in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. We are looking forward to this next year and we are starting this year strong. The main question we are asking ourselves as we enter 2021 is: How can we continue to care for our children and families safely and effectively?

Thank you for your continued support of the work of CIF. We couldn’t do it without all of you. 

All the best, 

The CIF Team

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Hi, and welcome to the September Report for Children in Families' Helping Children Grow Up In Loving Families' project.

Since our last report in May, Covid-19 cases have risen and fallen here in Cambodia. As of right now we have 1 active case. Schools are slowly reopening, as well as religious gatherings and public events. Cambodia has continued to practice self precautions to ensure the utmost safety amongst the population. 

Despite the low amount of cases, Cambodia has maintained high amounts of preventative measures to ensure safety and health for its citizens. By following government guidelines, our work has continued safely but with a few changes. Within the office we require staff to sign in/out, wash their hands, take their temperature, and socially distance. 

We continue to prioritize the children in our programs and their utmost safety. We are back visiting our clients, however now we practice more precautions - such as wearing masks, washing our hands, social distancing, etc. Our caseworkers have worked very hard on COVID-19 awareness and providing support packages with hygiene material for children and families in our programs. Staff are encouraged to apply personal hygiene at all times. We also use video calls as needed, specifically for our large staff meetings.


Thanks again for your care for our work, the children we support, and the families caring for them. We deeply appreciate it - especially during these uncertain times.

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Hi, and welcome to the May Report for Children in Families' Helping Chidlren Grow Up In Loving Families' project.

Since our last report, of course, Covid-19 has spread around the world, and turned life upside-down for many of us. It's all over the news, it's the topic of conversation across dinner tables, and it's affected us as well.

As with everything, our main question is, how can we best keep children safe during this time? It's a complicated one. For most people, the simplest answer, where possible, is to remain in physical isolation, and try to reduce the chances of spreading infections. For vulnerable children though, greater isolation means greater risks relating to child protection, as neighbours stop dropping around, and local services shut their doors. So we can't stop services completely, but at the same time, we don't want to risk exposing our children and their families to a potentially deadly virus if we can avoid it.

For CIF, we've spent some time in the past month or so really working out details for our online case management process, from risk assessment to follow up. We've asked questions like:

  • How do we decide which children need to be followed up in person, and which can be checked up on using video calling?
  • How do we make sure that our social workers can speak effectively to their clients using digital technologies?
  • How can we keep our children and our staff safe, in cases where a family needs in-person follow up?

For now, we're prioritising children with higher levels of vulnerability, and children with any risk in terms of child abuse or neglect, for in person follow up. Our staff absolutely need to see these children in person, to ensure that they don't fall through the cracks as the world reacts to this pandemic.

For children who are being met via video conference, staff have drawn up guidelines ensuring that they speak to the children themselves, not just their families; or in the case of infants, that they can see the child on screen. While we all have Zoom-fatigue, this technology is allowing us to follow up to a higher standard than we could otherwise, so we're thankful for it.

Of course, the other thing we're trying to do right now is provide emergency relief to some our families. Like everyone, they have felt the economic impact of Covid-19, so we're providing them with extra stipend support, as well as key supplies of hand sanitiser, soap, and face-masks. Your ongoing support is really important to us in this, as this has natually created extra expenses for our organisation as well.

Thanks again for your care for our work, the children we support, and the families caring for them. We deeply appreciate it.

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Cambodia's provinces.
Cambodia's provinces.

Hi, and a slightly belated Happy New Year to you from the CIF Team!

Our sincere thanks to you once more for your support of CIF. You'll find below a summary of what you've helped contribute to since our last report, 3 months back.

 

Referrals and Enrollments

Since November 2019, CIF has received 56 referrals for children needing support to stay in, or find, a loving family. Of these, 44 have already been accepted to receive services, and are in placements, or undergoing an assessment process. So far, every child this quarter has been able to stay with their family of origin, or be cared for by relatives. As long as it's safe, this is always the best outcome, so we're really happy about that!

11 of the clients accepted have been found to need specific support with access to food, and/or with adequate growth and nutrition. CIF funds will contribute to helping them have the nutrients they need, and we expect to see improvements in their growth in future follow-ups.

 

Disability Support

This quarter, five children were referred to our ABLE team, for support with a disability or chronic illness. We also got featured in a USAID video for the work of ABLE - have a look over here!

https://www.facebook.com/USAIDCambodia/videos/2480738708832616/

 

Ongoing Care for Clients

Of course, it's not just new clients that your support helps. CIF Social Workers have a total caseload of 431 clients right now across all our programs, and in the past three months, our workers conducted visits to clients 1045 times! They visited families in six different provinces across Cambodia - Phnom Penh, Kandal, Takeo, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng, and Kampong Chhnang. 

Check out the attached map of Cambodia - as you can see, we're pretty well clustered in the country's south-east, so our workers can support one another.

 

 

 

So that's it from us for another quarter. Thanks again for all your support of our work, and please don't forget to mention us to others you know who may be interested!

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Location: Phnom Penh - Cambodia
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Lynny Sor
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