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Orphans into foster families in Vietnam

by Care for Children
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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
Orphans into foster families in Vietnam
Orphans into foster families in Vietnam
The team working on the annual work plan
The team working on the annual work plan

There has been a wonderful progression since our last update in June. 

Care for Children has been given a great opportunity to help implement the training needed to develop foster care services throughout Vietnam.  This means that children within institutional care can soon start moving into local, loving foster families.

We are starting this project at just the right time, in line with the new Vietnamese child law that provides legislative support for foster care for the first time.

Since June we have held many meetings with the government to discuss the ‘Co-operation Agreement’, which in the last month has been agreed and officially signed.  This a memorandum of understanding between Care for Children and the Vietnamese government, which outlines the work that will be carried out during the pilot project and enables us to make the next steps towards project plans and the registration as an international NGO in Vietnam.

An official signing ceremony will be planned and gives us a great opportunity to engage with the media, shining more light on the foster care plan for Vietnam.  Senior government officials as well as other senior figures and business leaders will also be at the event.

At this moment, the Care for Children team, together with the Department of Children’s Affairs, are developing an Annual Work Plan and Project Plan.  This is a positive development as it ensures both the central and local government’s engagement from the offset, which is exactly how we want to start.  This is being worked on with the Vietnamese government and shows that they are committed and want to take responsibility for their children. 

This matches our vision... to see children moved out of care institutions and into local, loving foster families.

Once again, thank you for your support and staying connected to our work.

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A site visit to an orphanage

In our previous report, we mentioned that Care for Children staff from the UK, China and Thai teams were preparing to travel to Hanoi to launch the project. We are now excited to report that this has happened!  Two of the three families have arrived, are settling in well, and are doing all the necessary groundwork to start strong.

Over the last six months, we have been in weekly communication with the Department of Childcare and Protection in preparation to launch the project.  A key strategy of Care for Children’s is to work closely with both central and local government to ensure long-term systemic change and sustainability.  We are pleased to report that the Vietnamese government is looking exclusively at Care for Children to develop family-based care initiatives with over 400 Child Protection Centres (orphanages) in all 63 provinces!  It is an awesome opportunity in front of us, and we recognise the importance of starting well.

The Vietnamese government moved the enactment of their new child law (which provides legislative support for foster care for the first time), one month earlier than scheduled, from July 1st to June 1st to coincide with International Children’s Day.  This is indicative of their willingness and speed at which they want to move, which is very encouraging!

We are also encouraged to observe that Vietnam is very open to attracting professional expertise to boost economic and social reform.  This gives Care for Children a supportive and freeing environment within which to work directly with the Social Protection Centres and tailor our training materials to best suit the Vietnamese culture and context.  All pointers suggest we are starting this work at just the right time.

I hope you are as excited as we are in the wake of this new and exciting project with the Vietnamese government to ensure some of the world’s most vulnerable children can be lovingly cared for in local families! 

Once again thank you for your support and staying connected with our work.

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Hanoi's picturesque rooftops
Hanoi's picturesque rooftops

We’re excited to announce that over the next few weeks, members from the UK and Thai teams will be travelling to Hanoi to set-up a project office, prior to the launch of this exciting project.  

The official launch of the project is not until July 1st to coincide with new legislation that is coming into effect.  This new legislation - the result of the Vietnam government attending one of our previous family placement conferences in Thailand - formalizes foster care as a positive alternative to institutional care.  This is a monumental development, as, up until now, there has been no mention of foster care in national legislation.  

Although legislative foundations for family-based care are gradually being built in Vietnam, not enough is being done to practically equip those at the grassroots level to see these systemic changes take hold nationally.  This is where we come in.

From July, our team in Vietnam will start working with two social protection centres (orphanages).  We will introduce them to the concept of family placement, while we develop and test our training materials, prior to rolling out our programme nationwide!

We will let you know once there are any further developments.  Once again, thank you for your support and staying connected with our work.

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As we enter the new year and the launch date for our new Vietnam project gradually approaches, preparations are starting to gear up. 

As well as continuing the big fundraising push, we are continuing to build relationships with key government officials and the two care institutions (orphanages) that we will be working with initially, prior to rolling out our programme nationwide. 

We are extremely excited about starting this work, which will enable care institutions across the country to start placing orphaned and abandoned children into local families, although we still have a way to go in reaching our fundraising target.

We will let you know once there are any further developments.  Once again, thank you for your support and staying connected with our work. 

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