Families at risk

Families can find themselves at risk for many reasons. Violence, unemployment, drug abuse and mental illness are a few of the risk factors that impact children directly. Childhood’s support is primarily directed to projects that work with parents who need support to manage their parenting roles, among them young mothers and fathers who need support to manage their parenting roles.

Every child has the right to grow up with their parents. As a general rule, children fare best when growing up in a family setting, although there are situations where it is better to find an alternative for the child. Most often, there is no perfect solution, but both research and experience show that the best alternative in such situations is that the child can be brought up in a family-like setting, and as close to their own community as possible. In a family setting, the child will have the best opportunity to develop into a healthy and responsible adult. Children who have been separated from their parents are more often exposed to violence, exploitation and maltreatment. Therefore, it is important to support at-risk families. By supporting families, children are more often protected from violence and abuse, do not live on the street, or face the risk of being separated from their parents and placed in institutions.

 

 

Cambodia

A Better Future for Street Children and Families

Organization: M'lop Tapangmlop tapang
Project:  A Better Future for Street Children and Families
Location: Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Target group: Street children, Families at risk, , Children in alternative care

M'lop Tapangs direct services reach 3 000 street children and their families annually. It includes outreach work with local poor families and children, reintegration to families, into education and job placement and support for drug using youth.

Read more: http://www.mloptapang.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Early Childhood Development

Organization: Mith Samlanhmithsamlanh
Project: Early Childhood Development
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Target group: Families at risk, Street children, , Children in alternative care

Mith Samlanh provides a continuum of care for street children and their families. It includes outreach, run drop in centres and transitional homes, non-formal and vocational training and reintegration into the formal school system, culture programs, drug prevention etc. Mith Samlanhs daily outreach activities reach 1800 street children every year.

Read morehttp://www.mithsamlanh.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Family Reintegration and Family Support

Organization: Friends International, Kalyan Mith programkaliyan mith
Project: Family Reintegration and Family Support
Location: Siem Rep, Cambodia
Target group: Families at risk, Street children, , Children in alternative care 

Kalyan Mith provides support to marginalized children and young people, with a particular focus on street children/youth, by offering a range of comprehensive services including a transitional home, family reintegration and development of family based alternative care.

Read more: http://www.friends-international.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

This Life Beyond Bars

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Organization: This Life Cambodia
 
Project: This Life Beyond Bars
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Target group: Children victims of abuse, families at risk
 

Targeting two main groups of at-risk children and families: 1) children in prison and 2) families with one or more caregivers in prison. This Life Cambodia provides vocational training (moto-mechanic and electronics) and personal development sessions for children in prison. This Life Cambodia also facilitate regular visits from family members and provide post-release support. Families with one or more caregivers in prison are supported with improved income generation, education allowances, case management and health care. Visitation to a parent in prison is facilitated to promote sustained bonds and prepare for reunification following release.

Read more: http://www.thislifecambodia.org/

 

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Vulnerable and Trafficked Children

Organization: Komar Rikreaykomar 300
Project: Vulnerable and Trafficked Children
Location: Battambang, Cambodia
Target group: , Street children, Children victims of abuse, Children in alternative care

Komar Rikreay is operating a short shelter for children who are victims of trafficking. The goal is to reintegrate the children into their family or into a family setting, and to support the family to guarantee the sustainability of the efforts.

Read more: http://komarrikreay.canalblog.com/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

Lithuania

Poland

South Africa

Boy's Best program

Organization: James HouseJames House
Project: Boy's Best
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Target Group: Children victims of abuse, street children, children in alternative care, families at risk

The Boy's Best program provides multi-systemic support to teenage boys facing a combination of destructive behavior at home and at school, domestic violence and who are engaged in risk behavior such as criminality, school suspension and drug abuse.

Read more: http://www.jameshouse.org.za/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

 

Ububele Mother-Infant Home visiting project

Organization: The Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy CenterUbubele persona dolls
Project: Ububele Mother-Infant Home visiting project
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Target group: Families at risk

The project aims to enhance the mother-infant relationship and security of infant attachment by supporting the mother’s capacity to care for her infant.  Support is provided to mothers at risk in a poor, overcrowded township where crime, violence and abuse are prevalent. Regular home-visits are made by community-based lay women, trained and supervised by Ububele psychologists.

Read more: http://www.ububele.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Britta Holmberg
britta.holmberg(a)childhood.org

Sweden

Thailand

Child protection and family support

 

Organization: One Sky Foundationone sky
Project: Child protection and family support 2014
Location: Sangkhlaburi, Thailand
Target group: Children victims of abuse, families at risk

The primary target group of this project is the most vulnerable children and families in the Sangkhlaburi area of Western Thailand. In an area with many Burmese migrants, many children many children are subjected to a number of risk factors ranging from very severe (abusive home situation, poverty, serious neglect) to single needs of practical support (school registration, citizenship documents). The newly established One Sky Foundation will address these areas while also promoting increased efforts by local authorities on child protection. The project will also target the around 650 children living in residential homes in Sangkhlaburi under generally very poor quality of care and promote family-based alternatives.

Read more: http://www.oneskyfoundation.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joel Borgström
joel.borgstrom@childhood.org

 

Ukraine

Centre for children of conflict Odessa 

Organization: The Way Home
Project: Centre of Early Development
Location: Odessa, Ukraine
Target group: Families at risk

As a result of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, many internally displaced persons (IDPs) have arrived in Odessa. Families with children have experienced violence and had to flee their homes, and as a result are suffering from stress, fear and anxiety. Many parents face unemployment and financial hardships. The project allows The Way Home to establish a social and psychological assistance center for IDP families and children at the Kuyalnik sanatorium, where most IDPs are living. Two playrooms have also been set up where children can relax, play and just be children. The Way Home is cooperating closely with local authorities.

Read more: http://www.streetkidsodessa.com/ 

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

Centre of Early Development

Organization: The Way Hometoys
Project: Centre of Early Development
Location: Odessa, Ukraine
Target group: Families at risk

The project focuses on early childhood development combined with the underlying social circumstances for why Odessa has so many street children. The Centre of Early Development provides children from at-risk families with free educational and recreational activities. At the same time both children and parents receive support from both The Way Home and Odessa Social Services in order to overcome various obstacles and risks they face. The project enables The Way Home to expand its efforts to prevent children from facing abuse and neglect and running away from home, ending up on the streets.

Read more: http://www.streetkidsodessa.com/

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

 

Integrated School in Yanoshi

Organization: Advance ryssland1
Project: Integrated School in Yanoshi
Location: Yanoshi , Ukraine
Target group: Families at risk

The project gives Roma students in the village school in Yanoshi the same opportunities as other students to improve their school attendance and academic achievements. Children are divided into small groups with both high-achieving and struggling students and are given certain roles and responsibilities on a rotating basis. The model is being used in a nearby Hungarian school and was originally developed by Stanford University.

Read more: http://advance.org.ua/

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

 

Supporting At-Risk Children in Beregovo

Organization: Advancechildrenprojekt
Project: Supporting At-Risk Children in Beregovo
Location: Beregovo, Ukraine
Target group: Families at risk

The project allows school children from at-risk families to attend free after-school activities. The activities, including cooking, outdoor excursions, computer classes and photography, are combined with group sessions with a psychologist and a social worker. The project also reaches out to parents with the goal to improve relationships between children, parents and schools.

Read more: http://advance.org.ua/

Contact person at Childhood:
Susanne Drakborg
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org

USA

Chances for Children in Highbridge and Riverdale

Organization: Chances for ChildrenChances-for-children
Project: Chances for Children in Highbridge and Riverdale
Location: New York, USA
Target group: Families at risk

Chances for Children, in collaboration with Highbridge Community Life Center (HCLC), provides mental health support and services for young families and children 0-5 years old in Highbridge, a poorly serviced, high-risk neighborhood in the Bronx. The collaboration between CFC ad HLCL began in 2008 as part of the Chances for Children: Kingsbridge-Highbridge Project. Chances for Children is also providing training of their curriculum at the Riverdale Mental Health Association (RMHA), with the goal of instituting training for social workers in their model.

Childhood supports the Chances for Children in Highbridge and Riverdale, and a Development Grant.

Read more: www.chancesforchildren-ny.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org

 

Residential Maternity Program

Organization: Children’s Harborchildrensharbor
Project: Residential Maternity Program
Location: Florida, USA
Target group: , families at risk, children in alternative care

Children’s Harbor, founded in 1996 and located in southern Florida, provides a comprehensive direct services model to children in need, via community based services for the prevention and intervention of abuse and neglect; a family-style residential setting for foster care children; outpatient mental health services for children and families; a step-down foster care program, including a foster care teen maternity residence.

Childhood supports the Residential Maternity Program.

Read more: www.childrensharbor.org/

Contact person at Childhood:
Joanna Rubinstein
joanna.rubinstein@childhood-usa.org