Social Work

Potter’s House: Transformation Through Livelihood Strengthening

In the garbage dumps of Guatemala, children are born and raised in an environment that can impede human flourishing. They grow up in the middle of society’s waste, which makes it difficult to see a future beyond the desolation. In this community, family culture encourages partnering and starting a family of their own when they reach adolescence, with many children leaving formal education behind by age 12. It is not uncommon for 14-year-olds to begin living with a girlfriend or boyfriend; marriage rituals are rarely celebrated and it is the general custom not to marry. There is widespread lack [...]

Potter’s House: Transformation Through Livelihood Strengthening 2017-09-29T15:00:50+00:00

Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Symposium: Strengthening the Continuum of Care for Vulnerable Children and Families

The 3rd Annual Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Symposium is less than 2 weeks away! The Symposium will provide a forum to discuss efforts to strengthen the social service workforce and advance systems and services for children and families. Presentations will focus on ways in which planning, developing and supporting the social service workforce have changed over the past five years and have led to more effective services to children and families and a stronger continuum of care. The event will be held in Washington, DC on June 2nd from 9am to 12pm EDT, but will also be available via [...]

Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Symposium: Strengthening the Continuum of Care for Vulnerable Children and Families 2016-05-19T20:37:30+00:00

A Place to Call Home, A Person(s) to Call Family

Millions of children in Africa are growing up in orphanages, residential care centers, and children’s homes. Most of these institutions identify themselves as “homes” and “family” to these children. But are these residential care institutions really “home” or “family”? I grew up in an institution, and it didn’t feel like a family and I didn’t have the feeling that I was home. On the contrary, the place gave me a feeling of emptiness, uncertainty, and confusion. My two siblings (younger sister and older brother) were taken to a hospital, then to an institution after our mother was killed. On her [...]

A Place to Call Home, A Person(s) to Call Family 2017-01-20T13:07:37+00:00

Foster Care India: Redefining India’s Continuum of Care

It is perhaps human nature that we gravitate toward stories with inspiring plots and resolved endings. Those of us tirelessly advocating for vulnerable children love stories of children placed in families happily ever after. In reality, care for orphaned and vulnerable children is typically much more complex than a singular solution. As the Faith to Action Initiative explains in the document A Continuum of Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, “Preventing unnecessary separation, strengthening family care, and reducing placement in orphanages requires the existence of a ‘continuum’ of approaches and support services. Family-based alternatives range from reunification with the child’s [...]

Foster Care India: Redefining India’s Continuum of Care 2017-07-26T16:29:58+00:00

Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Ambassadorship Program

The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance has announced its new Ambassador Program to provide individuals the opportunity to become a leader, inform strategy and influence policy at the local, national and regional levels in support of social service workforce strengthening efforts. Through this volunteer opportunity, Ambassadors will play a leading role in promoting awareness and interest in planning, developing and supporting the social service workforce. The Alliance is accepting both peer nominations and self-nominations through the deadline of February 29. Nominees must be a member prior to submission of the nomination. For more information see the overview, Frequently Asked Questions, [...]

Global Social Service Workforce Alliance Ambassadorship Program 2016-02-25T12:26:18+00:00

Coptic Orphans: Strengthening the Church Family

Living as a religious minority anywhere in the world can present unique challenges. It can impact daily life, impeding access to education, livelihood opportunities, and economic stability. That is what led Egyptian-born Nermien Riad to found the organization Coptic Orphans. Since its establishment in 1988, Nermien has encountered thousands of orphans and vulnerable children from Egypt’s Coptic Christian community and has seen that for children without a father, life is especially challenging. When husbands and fathers are not present, children and mothers do not have a voice in Egyptian society. Further, despite the country’s rich Christian heritage, around only 13 [...]

Coptic Orphans: Strengthening the Church Family 2017-07-26T16:40:33+00:00

Fostering Hope in Guatemala

In Guatemala, when a child becomes an orphan, is a victim of abuse or exploitation, or is separated from family-based care, the primary response, historically, has been to place that child in a residential care facility. In 2013, UNICEF reported that 5,800 Guatemalan children were living in orphanages with large disparities of caregivers and children. Unfortunately, research shows that there are long-term, and sometimes permanent, negative effects institutional care can have on a child physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially. Buckner International, a Christian organization working with orphans, vulnerable children, and families, is helping to change those prospects for many children [...]

Fostering Hope in Guatemala 2017-07-26T16:40:32+00:00

The Power Of A Single Story: Why Orphan Prevention

My name is Deborah. I am 23 years old. Less than a year ago, I was standing at the gates of an orphanage about 15 minutes away from Abide. I had my two daughters with me, Lydia and Martha. My husband died in a traffic accident when Martha was only 18 months old. After he died, I looked everywhere for a job. My landlord had finally kicked us out because I was six months behind on rent. He was generous to let us stay that long. That day, I decided to take my girls to an orphanage. I stood with [...]

The Power Of A Single Story: Why Orphan Prevention 2017-07-26T16:40:32+00:00

Project RED: Empowering Families for Abundant Lives

El Salvador is the most densely populated country in Latin America and has the unfortunate standing as one of the world’s most violent countries. With this reality comes widespread poverty and a breakdown of the family structure across society. Publicly funded programs and an adequate protection system to ensure the wellbeing of children simply do not exist. In 2009, upheaval once again become a reality for orphans living in institutions, with the introduction of a new law called Law for Integral Child and Adolescent Protection (LEPINA), which is drawn from the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. An [...]

Project RED: Empowering Families for Abundant Lives 2017-05-09T14:14:33+00:00

Out of Isolation and Into Families

In Armenia there are around 4,500 children living in residential institutions, a situation caused by the weak social protection system, an insufficient number of community-based services and lack of gate-keeping mechanisms due to overall weakness and inefficiency of the system, leftover from the Soviet Union. In the last decade, the Government of Armenia (GoA) initiated the process of reorganization of residential institutions for children and began making significant investments in the development of social services and program alternatives to residential care. However, Armenia faces multiple difficulties in sustaining various initiatives and programs, and the NGO sector and UN agencies [...]

Out of Isolation and Into Families 2017-09-12T14:38:31+00:00

Pioneering Foster Care in Peru

In May 2007, Buckner Peru and Peru's National Comprehensive Family Welfare Program (INABIF) signed an agreement to develop a foster care program. On March 10, 2008, Buckner Peru made history when officials from the Ministry of Women and Social Development and Buckner placed eight Peruvian children into the country’s first foster families. Prior to this significant event, there was no foster care in Peru. Nearly seven years later, children are thriving in families in ways that would have been unknown to them without the foster care option. Their foster care/kinship care model utilizes extended family members to care for the [...]

Pioneering Foster Care in Peru 2017-07-26T16:40:31+00:00

North American Association of Christians in Social Work Convention

North American Association of Christians in Social Work Convention, November 6-9, 2014. This conference is designed to help Christians who are social work practitioners, educators, students, as well as church ministry staff, and those interested in social work and social change.

North American Association of Christians in Social Work Convention 2014-08-13T22:52:42+00:00
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