Child Protection

Child protection is at the core of what we do. We have shared some stories of what child protection work looks like in the community of Wellington. (all identifies are fictionalized)

We evaluate the issues that separated a child from their family in the first place, and ensure that placements will not only be permanent, but also safe and nurturing. We trace all members of the family to find suitable placements, and work with the Sierra Leonean Governmental Agencies for Child Protection to satisfy legal requirements, including paperwork to establish identity and relationships, and ensure that the authority of caregivers is recognized in law, and the placement satisfies all standards of care for the child’s wellbeing.

Services for Children Separated from Parental Care

We focus on children living without parental care to reintegrate them back into the community in safe and stable homes, and strengthen their families so that the risk of future child separation is eliminated.

Child Reintegration

Child reintegration is the core of child protection. When children are separated from family, they are more vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, and all of the circumstances of extreme poverty. Even more than that, as children who do not grow up in family are more likely to experience poverty, relationship issues, unemployment, substance abuse and criminal behaviors in their adult lives. Getting a child safely home is not an easy process, but it is an important process.

Interim care, family tracing, assessment

Services for Equipping Families to Care Well for Children

We equip and empower families to care well for their children, cherish cultural and community bonds and establish networks of resiliency and support, to ensure permanency and stability of child placement. 

Family Support and Strengthening

Family strengthening is the core of permanency. Family instability and weaknesses are the reasons that children find themselves without the love and protection of home. Strong families can withstand future crisis and instill that same ability of crisis recovery and personal resiliency in their children. We don’t just want to get children home, we want to keep them there permanently. We have shared some stories of the families we have served and the impact of family strengthening supports. (All identities are fictionalized.)