OBJECTIVES - ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN
The care of abandoned, abused, neglected, orphaned or homeless children; or any other vulnerable or needy children, including those affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. This includes the provision of transitional and/or long-term residential care (children's foster homes), supportive reintegration with families/caregivers and follow-up support for children and caregivers. In cooperation with social welfare, community and other relevant organisations; Vukukhanye aims to promote family stability and improve the social environment of children within its area of operation.
Children's Foster Home
Vukukhanye has been operating a Children's Foster Home at 7 Bristol Road, Berea West, Westville since 2001. This Home provides care for abandoned, abused, neglected, orphaned or homeless children, or any other child in need of immediate care; including those affected or infected by HIV & AIDS. Formal education of the children while at the Home is a priority and children of school-going age are enrolled in local schools.
A stable home environment and associated services (education, nutrition, legal, financial, psychological, health etc.) are provided, to help the children grow up to be healthy, educated, socially well-adjusted adults. It is intended that whenever possible, children be reintegrated into their family/community, or placed with adoptive/foster parents. Of the sixty- two (62) children cared for to date, 55 have been transitioned into adoptive/foster-care or alternate care, and there are presently nine children living at the Home. Admission of children into the Home, as well as supportive reintegration (placement) is overseen by registered social workers.
Follow-up support for children and caregivers is provided where necessary. This takes the form of linking the caregivers with social welfare support, facilitating the approval of foster care grants and other transitional assistance such as food, clothing and schooling needs.