Providing Families for Children
by Global Family India Project

New Delhi, India

Extended Family Support

Sometimes, the children who are intercepted by our rescue team and placed in our short-term residential shelter cannot return to their families. In these cases, we recruit and train volunteer caregivers to provide a family for these children. We currently have five families into which children have been placed in India. Our team regularly follows … Continue reading Providing Families for Children(details below)

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The institutionalisation of children, especially children whose families are able to care for them, is harmful to their long-term development. Studies show that even when parents are divorced or struggle in economically lacking situations, children have better long-term outcomes when raised by their own parent(s). A child should only be separated from family support in extreme circumstances.

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Sometimes, the children who are intercepted by our rescue team and placed in our short-term residential shelter cannot return to their families. In these cases, we recruit and train volunteer caregivers to provide a family for these children. We currently have five families into which children have been placed in India. Our team regularly follows up with children and caregivers to provide resources and support.

The best possible outcome for children who have lost family support is to be placed in a stable, loving family where they can learn and mature in a safe environment. Studies show that family care allows a child to develop long-term relationships and grow in a setting that promotes overall wellbeing as he/she matures into adulthood. In contrast, children who are placed in institutional care have been shown to display a number of social dysfunctions and struggle financially.

Supporter: Allison Park Church

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