Even with the best efforts and intentions, some families are unable to provide a safe and healthy environment for their children. For children whose family of origin is not in their best interest, our team pursues family-based alternative care options.
The continuum of care serves as a guide for identifying a permanent living arrangement for a child. It is based on a child's best interest of staying as close to his/her family of origin, culture and identity as is safe and healthy. Although care options situated closer to the 'family' end of the continuum are always preferable to those on the 'institutional' side, each child faces unique challenges which must be carefully considered before a final choice is made.
Child lives with immediate family
Child lives with relative (i.e.: grandparent, aunt/uncle)
Child lives with non-blood relative within community of origin
Child lives with non-blood relative outside community of origin
Independent living for older children, supported by community
Small group home (5-10 children)
Large group home (10+ children)
International adoption is an incredibly beautiful way to extend love to a child facing an uncertain future. It is, however, a process that should be undertaken with caution.
Our message is part of a global shift in thinking.
Orphanages worldwide are closing their doors as governments
begin to recognize the potential harm of institutional care.