Children’s Crisis Care Centre (4Cs)
Mission Statement for the Children’s Crisis Care Center (4Cs) is to meet the needs of each child in crisis who are in reach of the UVRC programs.
This need has emerged as adult mortality due to AIDS makes it increasingly difficult to find family members to care for orphans. The crisis center will also be a safe haven where children who are caring for sick parents come to learn and where they can always come to get advice, moral and emotional support.
One important problem raised by continuing stigma is that of informing children about their parents’ sero status. Community health workers have been trying to persuade HIV-positive parents to share this knowledge with their children, but so far with little success. Very often, the children know, or at least suspect and the workers strongly feel that if the truth of the situation could be discussed openly within families, it would be easier for the children. However, confidentiality forbids this without the parents’ consent.
Child-headed households are becoming more common. Even when a very small child is sent to grand parents, the eldest child usually remains in the family home with the responsibility of caring for the other children. This program also targets children of sick parents who are healthy themselves, but who in future will become orphaned.
They will be invited to join the centre in order to prepare for life without parents. They will learn to care for sick parents and also how to bring up their young brothers and sisters when their parents pass away. While learning, they share a great deal together, and also form supportive groups that, it is hoped, will help them in the future.
With the project mission as to meet the needs of each child in crisis who are in reach of the 4 Cs project, our overall goal is to establish a functional Children’s Crisis Care Center in Kamwenge District;
- to sustain and establish unique holistic, multidisciplinary, multifaceted “one stop crisis and trauma centers” offering counseling, social services and support groups;
- to facilitate the healing and restoration of targeted communities, empowering those that are suffering to become well adjusted members of society, restored mentally, emotionally, physically, psychologically and spiritually;
- to alleviate the fears and anxiety of dealing with trauma;
- to address the effects and affects of children that are suffering due to HIV/AIDS;
- To work towards the empowerment of disadvantaged communities by means of skills developed and poverty alleviation programmes.
The aim of 4Cs project is therefore to;
- Restore hope and healing to children who have suffered as a result of crisis and trauma;
- Serve the children and children families of Kamwenge district and well beyond its boundaries regardless of race, religion, social standing and cultural differences;
- Provide and sustain an advice desk, trauma and counseling centre, HIV/AIDS clinic as well as a shelter for at-risk children and at-risk mothers.
- Offer training and upliftment programmes to work towards the empowerment of children families in need.
The 4 Cs objectives are to,
- Provide direct services to children not served by government programs,
- Provide support services designed to enhance the efficiency of the government program,
- Facilitate guardianship services,
- Advocate for Kamwenge children and families in crisis
The 4C’s Projectseeksto:
- Provide early comprehensive child and family evaluations to identify needed services;
- Help children in crisis (at-risk) move quickly toward the goal of a safe and promising future;
- Identify gaps in services to HIV/AIDS affected, abused, abandoned and neglected (at-risk) children in the community.
- Assist in more effective use of community resources;
To this end 4Cs will offer;
- Free, short-term child care for kids age 6 weeks through 12 years whose families are in crisis
- Free care for children whose families are in stressful situations. 4Cs’s free care will be offered Monday-Friday, year-round
- Opportunities for donors, service groups and corporations to partner with 4Cs in a variety of ways to keep children safe. Free Pizzazz parenting education classes
- Community Resource Referrals
- In addition to providing safe haven for children, 4Cs will strengthen families by providing a variety of support services. No emergency cases shall ever be denied care at 4Cs!
Expected measurable outcomes of this project, quantitative and qualitative measures
The establishment of the 4Cs will include a 20 roomed house for temporary shelter provision to children in crisis. It includes an HIV/AIDS clinic to serve over 400 children living with HIV/AIDS, a play therapy room for traumatized children expected to serve about 1200 children per year, a 200 capacity training hall for children in crisis, care givers and community servicer providers, administration and office space for the centre , 10 counseling rooms and 2 staff houses .
With its diverse services including the clinical program, permanency planning program, Family conferencing, Care for the care givers, Economic assistance, HIV/AIDS compassionate care, Abuse victim empowerment, Training, shelter and Home based care, the centre is expected to offer services to over 1200 children per year. This figure multiplied by a family unit shows our work directly and indirectly will impact on over 10000 people annually.
The most critical issues to the project’s success and how to accomplish the projects objectives
Most critical to the successful implementation of a Children’s crisis care centre project is the availability of committed and dedicated team of people to the management of the centre.
The program will employ a team of multi-disciplinary clinical staff at the Children’s Crisis Care Center with experts in working with HIV/AIDS affected, abusive and neglectful families and maltreated children. This experience and expertise supports the Center’s philosophy that early assessment and intervention increases the likelihood of a healing future for the traumatized child.
All activities of the centre will be carried out by a team of professionals, social workers, HIV/AIDS educators and specially trained staff and counselors from our program circles.
In addition to responding to the needs of the traumatized and the victimized, the goal of the 4Cs is to be proactive in the community by lobbying appropriate authorities for better services provision, especially in Kamwenge district.
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