Our model is supported by numerous studies indicating that family care, in lieu of institutional care, provides the best possible outcomes for children with respect to their psychological development and social and economic success. Our shelter homes accommodate children caught in vulnerable situations. Each child’s physical and psychological needs are met before being restored back with their families or placed in long-term family care.
A home study and background check on each child is undertaken to ensure that no pre-existing family option is available.
The relationships that children have with primary volunteer caregivers foster significant positive emotional and psychological results. Therefore, caregivers should work out of a sense of compassion and call rather than for financial benefit.
Caregivers commit to long-term service so that children do not have to suffer the trauma of continual re-bonding with parental figures. When a caregiving unit is established it is kept together until the children grow to adulthood without adding or removing siblings.
Each family unit should house no more than ten children and should have it's own sleeping, bathing, eating and socializing spaces as well as a separate, designated caregiver.
Each child should receive individual care and attention. Both the spirit as well as the daily routine of the home should reveal a fun, loving, nurturing environment where children receive structure, encouragement, praise, consistency and good role models from their caregivers and older siblings. Children should also receive adequate levels of nutrition, education and health care.
Hi, my name is Priya. I am from India and am ten years old. My mother died when I was a year old. My sister and I lived in a laborer’s camp with my father. He had a mental illness. His job was to smash rocks each day to build the road. He used to dig a pit and put me and my sister in it or even chain us so he wouldn’t lose us. We were rescued and put into a family. I have new sisters and a mother who loves me and cares for me. I even get to go to school now. I have been given a new life.
Our alternative care plan is designed to be the best possible placement option for children who are not eligible for an adoption trajectory because of age, legal instability or experiencing significant traumas that require specialized care. The team approach provides the structure and professional therapies as well as the loving emotional bonds of a stable family that these children require. There are two possible models that roughly correspond to Foster parent/family care home and group home placements. The model introduces the God Parent and Mentor roles and reforms and recasts ‘group homes’ as Therapy Centers. It is theorized that these two innovations will greatly improve the experience for both children and caregivers.
are temporary placement options for children waiting for guardianship, adoption or reunification with biological family.
are small children’s homes that operate as alternative care options in countries where the legal or practical realities do not allow for fostering.
make life-long commitments to the children as who provide emotional support, practical guidance and assistance to the children as extend family. They are certified to provide respite caregiving for biological and therapy center/foster caregiving staff on an ongoing basis. They provide emotional stability as they continue in their support role following the children from placement to placement. They are trained to offer guided mentoring for biological families and work with other caregivers to design and implement short-term care giving objectives in line with the child’s long-term ‘plan of care’.
represent the last hope for children who are unable or unwilling to benefit from a foster caregiver because of trauma and delinquent behavior. These centers are categorized as ‘group homes’ in most legal/compensation systems. However, they are distinguished as ‘complete care centers’ that provide alternative education, spiritual and clinical therapies, as well as sport/nature/art experiences. Caregiving staff work with GPFM’s to gain trust and project a positive alternate vision of the child’s future that is made compelling to the child through emotional intimacy.