Back to family: emergency foster care


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South Africa, Ugu-district

Educating 24 parents

 

Unfortunately in South Africa, still many children live in large-scale residential care centres. The amount of children is estimated between 13,000 and 21,000. Despite proper legislation about child protection that acknowledges the interest of relief in a family situation, many children who find themselves in crisis, do end up in relief centres.

Our partner organisation Give a Child a Family has a lot of knowledge and experience regarding preventing children to be taken into care and establishing foster care. Emergency foster care, however is still missing. Emergency foster care means having foster families available that are immediately available to take care of children who cannot live at home.

Working with the government

 

Give a Child a Family will select a group of 24 families in the period 2019-2020. The organisation will educate these parents to provide immediate care for these children, especially babies and toddlers. They will provide a home for at least 48 children the coming 2 years, for as long as it is necessary.

 

Simultaneously, the local government cooperates with the Ugu District to gain more knowledge on the interest of growing up in a family and providing financial means from the government to place children in families instead of in relief centres. Relief in families is not only cheaper, but also much better for the development of the child.

Give a Child a Family distributes the experiences that are gained by this pilot project amongst governments and relief centres in the district.

You can watch the following video on the work of partner organisation Give a Child a Family.

“Every child needs one adult that is crazy about them.”