Building Partnerships to Strengthen Families
A successful transition to family care requires that children and families have access to a range of support services that address their needs. It is not expected that the transitioning organization will provide all the services needed, but rather will adapt its business model to work with multiple stakeholders (such as government, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, community groups, and churches) to ensure that children in families have the resources they need to thrive.
Understanding a country’s child protection system and mapping out existing services (as well as gaps) in the local context—while raising awareness about the importance of family care among stakeholders—identifies potential partners and lays the groundwork for collaboration. Working in partnership with others ensures that a full range of services (e.g., economic, educational, psychological, and special needs) are in place to strengthen and support families and prevent further placement of children into residential care.