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Have you ever stopped to think about what your life would be like if you hadn’t grown up with your family around? Imagine all the life skills and emotional support you would have missed.
Here are four reasons why foster care and kinship care for children is better.
1. One-on-one attention
Our Founder, Geoff Hucker, started visiting Ethiopia some 16 years ago. The lack of one-on-one attention children were able to receive from adults in homes – where the carer-to-child ratio was more than 3:1 – stood out as an issue. It wasn’t that the children were being looked after by of un-loving carers. There simply just wasn’t enough time in a day to give each child the attention they so much craved, needed and deserved.
Children need more than good physical care. They also need the love, attention and an attachment figure from whom they develop a secure base on which all other relationships are built. – John Williamson and Aaron Greenberg
And that’s the abbreviated story of how the Beyond the Orphanage story began! Our foster and kinship model of care was chosen specifically to meet both the physical and emotional needs of children, and was designed by leading social policy professional, Dr Natalie Conner.
2. Supporting family relationships
Poverty is the number one reason children don’t live with family members. Families often just can’t afford to support another child. We support orphaned children to live in the care of their relatives or a family in their community. Our children grow up feeling loved.
Beyond The Orphanage’s financial support makes remaining with extended family possible. We pay for rent where needed, as well as food, health and education. This ensures children being fostered don’t feel like they add financial pressure on the family unit.