AFAO will always provide appropriate training to care providers/Orphanages enhancing its suitability/appropriateness, enhancing standards, such as those relating to: human resources, conditions of facilities, access to basic services, contact with relatives /family and protection from violence, abuse and exploitation.
Orphanages care for young children, especially those under the age of 3 years, should be provided in family-based model settings within the orphanages. Discourage and prevent the separation of orphaned siblings and in cases where the placement is of an emergency nature or is for a predetermined and very limited duration, with planned family reintegration or other appropriate long-term care solution:
AFAO Orphanages and partners programs Provide assistance and accommodation for any child not in proper custody, any child who is abandoned or any child who is in need of refuge or safety;
- Trace, re-integrate and provide after care services to children in need of care and protection by working with the government to generate viable option of care ;
- Through temporary arrangement and in consultation , some Orphaned and vulnerable children programs and orphanages shall act to reunify lost or abandoned children separated with their parents, return and or re-integrate a lost or abandoned child to his lawful place of residence;
- Our programs strengthen the capacities of families taking care of vulnerable children, separated children and children at risk;
- Promote emergency response and rescue services to children in need ;
- Mediate, in so far as permitted in family disputes involving children, and their parents, guardians or other persons who have parental responsibility in respect of the children, and promote family reconciliation under our From street initiative ;This will assist our street children access support to reintegrate
- We work to provide psychosocial support services for children and their families;
- Support families and community to be able to care for their children through empowerment programs,
- work with Government in placing children in alternative care and in their monitoring and follow-up
- Raise public awareness on children’s rights and in particular alternative orphanage care and child care providers
- Provide alternative care services in country we operate in accordance with the laws of each country policies and regulations
- Ensure that the child is cared for appropriately and that the care is in his/her best interest
- Support informal alternative care placements , monitoring and follow-up
- Provide training and resources to communities to enable children and families grow in healthy environments
- Promote quality Care and protection of children in orphanages environment
- Strive to assist orphanages Meet the child’s basic needs ,
We build the capacity of children to participate in their development
We create awareness of the real needs of orphanages, as a distinct subset of the general population, with its own set of needs, to be integrated into all governmental planning activities that will impact them .; Organize and participate in educational conferences, conventions, congresses, etc., that reflect on those outcomes.
We recognize the priority to reunite families that have become separated.
Through professional Orphanages, we will impartially determine whether each individual family-based (kinship) option is actually in the best interest of each child, on a case-by-case basis and the skills to work with Government and local communities to seek best solutions.
If it is determined that the kinship option is viable, then the Orphanage will encourage the use of counseling to the prospective family unit to help integrate the child, The partnership with Government and relevant actors will speed our considerations in the best interest of the children affected .
Alternatively, when there are no realistic options at hand, the orphanage will recommend that the child be retained by his/her acting orphanage “family.” By reporting to the Government
Child rights at orphanage
AFAO child rights and protection approach to care and programs Include;
- Right to participate in decisions affecting their lives eg children involved in deciding their own schedules, meal plans, activities,
- Right to religious freedoms,
- right to protection safety and privacy eg fitted with proper locks including on bathroom and bedroom doors, single sex rooms and adequate facilities to protect privacy while changing,
- Right to maintain close relationship with their family and community Eg,They have unrestricted family visits ie kins and that should be encouraged and communication on phone not limited to emergencies.