Home is the only justice for the orphan
WHY FAMILY REUNIFICATION?
Up to 80% of kids in orphanages have biological family to go home to.
Evidence based research has proven that children develop best in families. Lack of attachment to a primary caregiver can cause irreparable harm to a child’s brain development.
According to studies, those who survive a childhood in an orphanage can be 10 times more likely to be involved in prostitution; 40 times more likely to get a criminal record; and 500 times more likely to commit suicide.
More Orphanages Is Not The Answer
Tragically, orphanages inadvertently separate families. poverty stricken parent seeking better opportunities for their child became incentivized to place them there.
FROM ORPHAN CARE TO FAMILY REUNIFICATION
For the 8 million children living on the streets, building more orphanages is not the answer. We are helping to convert orphanages into reintegration centers that care for and transition children safely home.
This is the answer to ending the orphan crisis.
The Family Reunification Model
Back in 2008, leaders of an orphanage in Kisumu, Kenya realized most of the children in their orphanage had family they could go home to. After safely reuniting every one of these children with family, they began inviting children to exit street life and transition home. Since then, they have reintegrated over 3,000 children home and opened up a second site in Kitale, Kenya. We’ve partnered with these pioneers to build a model of conversion and reintegration that guides orphanage leaders through successful conversion of their models of care.
HOW RESPONSIBLE REUNIFICATION WORKS
Here is a world-class Family Reunification model pioneered by one of our partners, Agape Children’s Ministry.
The foundation for all that Agape does. We present the redeeming message and love of Jesus Christ to see lives transformed through God’s truth.
The Agape model actively monitors areas and identify separated and abandoned children and bring them to their reunification center.
Children are treated for trauma, the root cause of their seperation is identified and addressed, and they are prepared to return to their family.
Children are reintegrated into permanent local familes who have been recruited, vetted, and empowered. Case management services follow the child until she becomes an adult