Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) Webinar
Strategies and Resources for Transition to Family-Based Care
In this webinar, experts in advocacy, research, and hands-on experience speak about helpful information for faith-based organizations to use as they transition from residential care to care within families. Joining the discussion are Sarah Gesiriech, Executive Director of the Faith to Action Initiative; Beth Bradford, International Child Protection Consultant with Maestral International; and Tara Garcia, Co-Founder and CEO of Identity Mission.
Three-Part Webinar Series
This three-part webinar series provides an introduction to and overview of the need for family-based care. The series includes: the importance of family, the continuum of care, and strategies for strengthening family care. Each webinar can be viewed independently or consecutively. Corresponding podcasts are also available for on-the-go learners.
Webinar 1: The Importance of Family
This instructional webinar presents introductory information from both the Faith to Action website and from the Children, Orphanages, and Families: A Summary of Research to Help Guide Faith-Based Action. This webinar highlights key orphan and vulnerable children statistics; reasons for placement in orphanages; findings on the importance of family and limitations of orphanages; and highlights Faith to Action resources for further information.
Webinar 2: The Continuum of Care
This instructional webinar looks at the range of alternative care for children who have been separated from parental care and will emphasize family care. Alternative care includes: kinship care, foster care, adoption, and formal residential care such as temporary rehabilitative care and small group homes. Large-scale institutional care is not recommended. This webinar looks at the importance of transitioning children to family care through reunification or alternative family care whenever possible. Key resources used and discussed in this webinar include A Continuum of Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Children, Orphanages, and Families: A Summary of Research to Help Guide Faith-Based Action.
Webinar 3: Strategies for Strengthening Family Care
This webinar presents key strategies for expanding the capacity of families to care for orphans and vulnerable children. Through conversations with HelpKids Centre and Bright Hope, this webinar introduces the importance of family-strengthening strategies including: livelihood support, daycare support, emotional and spiritual support and/or parental training that ease the burden of caregivers.
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