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Orphans into foster families in Vietnam

by Care for Children
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Orphans into foster families in Vietnam
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Orphans into foster families in Vietnam
Orphans into foster families in Vietnam
Orphans into foster families in Vietnam
Orphans into foster families in Vietnam
Orphans into foster families in Vietnam
Orphans into foster families in Vietnam
Orphans into foster families in Vietnam

At the end of 2019, the latest training session took place in Hanoi, Vietnam. With 37 attendees from different areas across the city, representing various levels of government and social care professionals, the workshop represented another step towards empowering children’s workers to support children to move into families.

The ongoing training in 2019 is aimed helping social work professionals ideantify and prepare prospective foster carers, and consists of three components, namely Keeping Children Safe, What do Foster Carers do and Working as Part of the Team. These sessions are delivered to social work professionals, and help them begin to understand the challenges and opportunities that foster parents might face.

Remember, foster care is an almost brand new concept in Vietnam; the idea that vulnerable and orphaned children could be cared for and thrive in families is new, and almost all children without a family are currently looked after in orphanages or institutions.

The workshops are very practical, with various games and activities taking place for attendees to get involved in. As an example, participants played a game to help show how supporting a foster family needs a wide array of individuals and services to be involved, such as the social service centre, the foster family and the local government oversight. This helps show participants that the change needed is at a fundamental level to how they approach and understand child welfare.

Transforming this culture is a long-term goal. Our aim is to empower the government to take ownership of foster care across their whole country, to encourage the government, social workers and families that children belong in families, not institutions.

Thank you once again for you amazing support for our work in Vietnam. You are part of a pioneering project which will impact thousands of lives.

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In many countries, children growing up in orphanages is still the norm. We're committed to training orphanage staff to become family placement workers, whereby they are able to move children out of the orphanage and into local foster families. In the coming year, we’re hoping to see the first child placed into a foster family in Vietnam – a monumental milestone!  

In Vietnam's pilot project phase, our basic training consists of ten, two-day workshops. The first two regions to take the training, Hanoi and Thai Nguyen, are now over a third of the way through the initial core training. Read on to find out what our training involves, and why it's key to transforming the lives of orphaned and abandoned children.

The fourth, two-day workshop is composed of four components, including matching children with foster carers; placement of children into foster families; monitoring foster children; and supervision of foster carers. These four components are the fundamental parts of foster care. As they are so interrelated, the training team included all of them in one workshop.

This workshop took place in September in Thai Nguyen. The training equipped the orphanage staff with the skills and knowledge on how to place a child in a foster family, including:

  • The process and principles of matching children with foster families;
  • The potential impact of a placement on a child and how to ensure a successful transition;
  • The importance and process of monitoring children in foster families;
  • The process of providing support and supervision to foster carers.

 Participant quotes:

 “I now understand the importance of matching a child and placing him with a family.”

 “The training was fun and provided us with lots of knowledge. It was also extremely interactive!”

 “I now understand that matching and placement is a long, gradual process to be taken step by step.”

We're excited by how the trainees have grasped the training with enthusiasm, understanding the long term impact that it will have on their work. The aim of the pilot phase is for the two regions to become models of practice for the rest of the country, so the potential impact of these sessions is immeasurable.

Remember, your support make this possible. This training is the first stage in seeing children placed safely into families, and supported well so that they can go on to thrive.

In Vietnam, it costs $70 for an attendee to train one workshop. Thanks to the support of people like you, we can help more people than ever before become family placement workers and transform the future for orphaned and abandoned children across Vietnam.

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At the heart of our work is the need to help transform child welfare systems from orphanages to foster care. In many countries, children growing up in institutions is still the norm. We're committed to training orphanage staff to become family placement workers, combining their experience of the local context and needs with our rigorous, cutting edge expertise.

In Vietnam's pilot phase, the basic training consists of ten, two-day workshops. The first two regions to take the training, Hanoi and Thai Nguyen, are now a third of the way through the initial core training. Read on to find out what our training involves, and why it's key to transforming the lives of orphaned and abandoned children.

The third, two-day workshop focusses on the role that Family Placement Workers play in the ongoing support and care of children when placed in families. Each child needs unique, individualised care, which is best provided in the context of a loving family.

Trainees are encouraged to consider how a child's identity is constructed, and the role this might play in ensuring a successful foster care placement. In order to have a sustainable impact, placements must be beneficial for the children and families.

"If a child feels comfortable about themselves, their culture, family, identity... then a child can feel accepted by their foster family."

We're excited by how the Vietnamese trainees have grasped the training with enthusiasm, understanding the long term impact that it will have on their work. The aim of the pilot phase is for the two regions to become models of practice for the rest of the country, so the potential impact of these sessions is immeasurable.

"People here are very inquisitive" says Clayton Green, Project Manager in Vietnam. "They want to learn more; they want to know more. We have faith, we believe in them to carry this work of foster in Vietnam."

Remember, your support make this possible. This training is the first stage in seeing children placed safely into families, and supported well so that they can go on to thrive.

In Vietnam, it costs $70 for an attendee to train one workshop. Thanks to the support of people like you, we can help more people than ever before become Family Placement Workers and transform the future for orphaned and abandoned children in Vietnam.

Training in action
Training in action
Presentation by one of the participants
Presentation by one of the participants
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Having fun while training
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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.

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Care for Children's training team
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Training presentations
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Training activity
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Interactive training
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In December, Care for Children held the final two ‘Introduction to Foster Care’ workshops for government officials at the provincial and local levels, including staff from the two Social Protection Centres (orphanages) that are part of this pilot project. In total, 82 people attended the training.

The training, which aimed to raise awareness about foster care and its benefits, was delivered in an extremely interactive and participatory way, engaging the participants through a mix of case studies, small group discussions and brainstorms.

“It made me think about the children, knowing that when they receive love, they develop much better.” Participant

In March, the team will begin the delivery of eight workshops for staff at the two Social Protection Centres. This training 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. Over the second half of the year, they will also receive tailored, on-site training every two weeks to walk them through their first placements.

Our ultimate goal is to 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.

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