Today the Faith to Action Initiative launched our new resource on the continuum of care for children. This web-based tool will help you explore a range of care options for children who are separated, or at risk of separation, from parental care.
The continuum of care interactive graphic depicts an overview of the different types of care to consider when a child is separated from family care. The colorful graphic allows you to explore each topic on the continuum of care through links to short narratives, helpful resources, and inspirational examples.
Multiple pathways illustrate the uniqueness of children’s circumstances and journeys—no single pathway or type of care can meet the individual needs of every child. A full range of approaches, as well as sound decision making (known as gatekeeping) and strong family support services, are needed to ensure the best outcomes for all orphans and vulnerable children.
In keeping with best practice and evidence-based guidance from around the world, the continuum of care places highest priority on care within families, including reunification with birth parent(s), kinship care, foster care, and adoption. While safe and loving family care is the goal, the continuum of care also recognizes the role that temporary and transitional residential care and small group homes can play in the spectrum of options to meet individual situations and needs.
We hope this new resource will enhance your learning on the continuum of care and engagement in caring for orphans and vulnerable children. Additional resources will be added as they become available. We invite you to share this new resource with your networks today!