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Give a Child a Family recruits, assesses & trains potential foster families and develops a database of available safe families to receive children in need of care.

Intended outcomes:

Children are placed in safe and secure families who have been adequately prepared and trained and a “bank” of available families is available for case managers/ social workers in the district.

A process of recruiting, assessing and training potential foster families has been developed and successfully implemented.

Components of this process include:

 

  • Information sessions at community level

  • Screening of prospective foster families

  • Training of prospective foster parents

  • Building a “bank” of available families

Social Workers and Auxiliary Social Workers are responsible for the recruitment and screening of prospective Foster Parents. Foster Families are recruited from the local and rural community churches and women’s groups and a stringent assessment and screening process ensures that only secure families are approved. This process involves at least 7 visits to the family home, interviews with neighbours and other community members and a police clearance. Successful families who have passed the criteria are referred to the Training Department for a 5 day Foster Care Training Program.

A database with the details of available Foster Parents is maintained for the placement of children from The Place of Restoration Interim Shelter and other childcare institutions. The "matching" panel consists of two separate groups –

 

  • The Social Workers of the Family Based Care Office and their Director have all the relevant information regarding the family.

  • The Shelter Social Worker and the Director has all the relevant information regarding the child and acts in their best interest.

In this manner objectivity is maintained and harmful practices regarding the placement of children are eliminated.

This Social Work and Statutory Office is also responsible for the legal matters regarding the placement of a child and submits reports to the Department of Welfare every second year.

 

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