Changing The Way We Care℠ (CTWWC) is a Global Development Alliance currently funded by USAID, the MacArthur Foundation and the GHR Foundation, and implemented by Catholic Relief Services and Maestral International, along with other global, national and local partners working together to change the way we care for children around the world. Their principal global partners are Better Care Network, Lumos Foundation, and Faith to Action. CTWWC envisions a world where all children thrive in safe and nurturing families. The initiative works to demonstrate how to enable children to stay in or return to families who are able to provide for their care with the support of governments that promote family care, and influences national, regional and global bodies, donors and faith-based actors towards commitment, practice and resource to family care. Their vision is to be a bold global initiative designed to promote safe, nurturing family care for children.
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CTWWC Kenya works with the Kenyan government’s Department of Children’s Services, National Council of Children’s Services, county governments and many non-government partners to improve children’s care in Kenya. Key work includes: a national Case Management Package for Reintegration, Alternative Family Care SOPs and Training Package, national gatekeeping guidelines, disability inclusion training, supporting the National Care Reform Strategy development, parenting curriculum and training, etc.
Together with local partners, CTWWC Kenya is strengthening systems, communities and families, strengthening caregivers and families with parenting, economic strengthening and access to services. CTWWC Kenya partners with the Kenyan Society of Care Leavers (KESCA) and other care leaver networks and individuals to ensure their voices are elevated and children/youth leaving care can participate in decisions affecting them. KESCA and CTWWC Kenya have developed a life skills programming and published the Engaging Care Leavers Guidance and Meaningful Engagement Series.
CTWWC Kenya works with many others to change community attitudes and practices in support of family care, working closely with networks and faith communities such as the Coast Interfaith Council of Clerics, the Association of Sisterhoods Kenya, the Association of Alternative Care Organizations, etc.
CTWWC Kenya supports organizations and charitable children's institutions to transform their services by supporting case management for reintegration, strategic organizational development, and more.
CTWWC Kenya has contributed to research and evidence on care in Kenya including situation analysis, COVID impact and a care system assessment - all available on BCN and highlighted in the BCN Newsletter March 2021.
CTWWC Kenya shares learning through regional events and opportunities such as via the network of Catholic Relief Services offices in the region, the UNICEF/CTWWC supported East and Southern Africa Regional Learning Platform, REPSSI and other regional conferences, and various webinars and trainings.
CTWWC India focuses on preventing the separation of children from their families and their institutionalization, using a family strengthening approach of case management, parenting skills, household economic strengthening and connection to services. CTWWC India works to:
Help state government to establish and roll out case management systems and standard operating procedures for family strengtheng, prevention of separation and reunification/reintegration of children from children's care institutions, including adaptations for the COVID context like virtual case monitoring
Establish and strengthen community-level groups that make decisions about children’s care by setting up Village Child Protection Committees (VCPCs). VCPCs are community groups made up of service providers, community leaders and families who identify, plan, and act upon child protection risks in their villages.
Create awareness campaigns on the harmful impact of child separation and institutionalization, particularly with community actors and with the Catholic Church actors. CTWWC India works with residential care facilities to transition to family support centers - with a focus on Odisha and Tamil Nadu States.
Support local authorities and partners in developing a care reform strategy that includes preventing child separation and institutionalization, taking into consideration the Covid-19 context
Promote family strengthening of at-risk families in collaboration with local district child protection providers. At the national level CTWWC India works with the India Alternative Care Network and UNICEF to influence national policy and practice and conducts research into topics such as public finance and children's care. CTWWC India developed a compilation toolkit on emerging practices in care reform.
CTWWC Moldova launched in 2019 and is building a collective effort for the continued care reform in Moldova by mobilizing government and community leaders, organizations and families to plan key interventions together. CTWWC Moldova is working closely with and under the new National Programme for Child Protection. CTWWC partners with experienced care reform organizations, government, faith actors, and community based organizations. Government and civil society partners are working together to support the remaining children in residential institutions to reintegrate with families and communities. Partners are also strengthening social services for reunified families, improving case management systems, training workers, and working with local authorities and community organizations to strengthen families.
CTWWC Moldova has completed research which is available on BCN and provides an update on the situation of children and families, social service workers, services, etc. in the country.
CTWWC Moldova focuses on: reunifying children remaining in residential institutions with families, strengthening systems of support to prevent family-child separation, providing expertise to strengthen national care strategies including improvements in the social workforce and case management practices, accessibility and quality of the family, community, and support services available for children and families, advancing public policies and making the case for adjusting public finance to fund community services, engaging faith and community actors to influence public opinion on the above activities, and transforming residential care models to family support services and/or redirecting resources from residential to family care.
CTWWC Guatemala helps children currently living in residential care facilities (referred to as protection homes in Guatemala). The initiative does this through: reforming the care system at the national level, strengthening families and commmunities, and advocacy and awareness efforts.
CTWWC Guatemala works at the national level with the four responsible government institutions to build programs and services for children and families including prevention of separation/ family strengthening, case management for reintegration, family-based alternative care, and more. CTWWC Guatemala connects families with community support and existing social services and ensures children are cared for in safe and nurturing families and has adapted to emergency response under COVID.
CTWWC Guatemala trains government staff charged with child protection and care, mentors workers to provide quality case management, conducts research to inform national care reform policy and practice, analyzes state budgets and provides cost comparisons to advocate for family care. CTWWC Guatemala works closely with government and nongovernment partners to prevent unnecessary family separation and promote support services for families, expand family-based alternative care such as kinship care and temporary foster care, ensure children's quality care as related to migration, planned reunification of children from residential care into family-based care, transition or transformation of residential care models (protection homes) to community and family services.
CTWWC Guatemala makes learning from the work in the country available to other countries and organizations via webinars, training and exchanges.
CTWWC Haiti focuses on preventing the separation of children from their families by building the capacity of community child protection committees, and strengthening families with parenting skills training and economic strengthening. Case management for reunification and reintegration has supported children with disabilities to return to family care - with birth parents, kin and, in some cases, foster families.
CTWWC Haiti works in partnership with community organizations, Catholic Church partners, residential care facilities and community leaders. In response to emergencies, COVID and natural disasters, CTWWC Haiti connects with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) long history with emergency response.
CTWWC Haiti works with Catholic residential care facilities to reunify children and transition to community support services. This experience includes services for children with disabilities. CRS Haiti is a partner to an anti-trafficking initiative in the country, which includes raising awareness around the connection of residential care with trafficking and helping to build capacity for reunification.
Este recurso de Changing the Way We Care ofrece una guía en la adaptación y/o el desarrollo de servicios y programas para continuar atendiendo de mejor forma a los NNA y las familias durante este periodo de tiempo de cambio constante, particularmente en el monitoreo virtual de niños, niñas, adolescentes, sus familias y para el personal de hogares de protección durante la pandemia de COVID-19.
Scopul studiului este de a cunoaște situația actuală a serviciilor sociale axate pe
consolidarea capacității familiei de a asigura un mediu sigur, stabil și afectuos pentru
copii, precum și a serviciilor destinate copiilor care au nevoie de sau se află în îngrijire
alternativă și în proces de reintegrare, pentru a putea formula recomandări care să
contribuie la decizii bazate pe evidențe în îmbunătățirea acestora.
A fost efectuată o evaluare cuprinzătoare a copiilor și adolescenților care trăiesc în îngrijire rezidențială identificând că există un mecanism complex de evaluare, axat pe oferirea unei vederi de 360° asupra nevoilor și interesului superior al copilului.
Este documento de Changing the Way We Care utiliza un marco ecológico para mostrar como la pandemia del COVID-19 crisis podría afectar a los NNA, las familias y las comunidades y como ayudar a los programas a reorganizar, adaptar y priorizar las actividades de prevención y respuesta.
În 2021, Changing the Way We Care a lansat o analiză situațională a sistemului de îngrijire a copilului în Republica Moldova. Rezultatul acestei analize sunt 8 rapoarte bazate pe cercetări ample ale partenerilor CTWWC: Copil, Comunitate, Familie (CCF) Moldova, Keystone Human Services International, Moldova și Parteneriate pentru fiecare copil (P4EC). Aceste rapoarte oferă o imagine de ansamblu a situației copiilor vulnerabili și a familiilor acestora din Moldova, atât în contextul dezinstituționalizării, cât și al prevenirii plasării în instituții rezidențiale.
În perioada ianuarie-iunie 2021, Changing the Way We Care în Moldova, împreună partenerii săi cheie P4EC, CCF și Keystone Moldova, a efectuat șapte studii de cercetare privind diferite elemente ale sistemului de îngrijire și protecție a copiilor din Moldova, care, atunci când sunt citite împreună, oferă o imagine cuprinzătoare a sistemului.
This report from Changing the Way We Care reviews the range of available alternative care options in Guatemala and offers recommendations for additional alternative care modalities as well as deinstitutionalization and family preservation practices.
Esta infografia demuestra el proceso de integración de niños, niñas, y adolescentes (NNA) en familias de acogimiento temporal en Guatemala durante la pandemia de COVID-19.
This Handbook is a summarized, simplified version of the Case Worker’s Guidebook for Case Management for Reintegration of Children/Young Adults into Family- or Community-Based Care. It provides an overview of the principles and practices of case management for reunification and placement of children/young adults outside of parental care (e.g., street-connected children/young adults or from Charitable Children’s Institutions and Statutory Children’s Institutions) into family- and community-based care, up until sustainable reintegration is achieved. The Handbook aims to provide an easy and quick reference to critical information and “how to” about case management for reintegration.
Esta guía promueve la participación de los egresados del cuidado residencial de una forma empoderada, siendo siempre sensible a sus historias y experiencias. Promueve la dignidad, respeta los derechos y crea un espacio para que sus voces aboguen por un cambio positivo.