Welcome to SFAC
Registered UK charity 1095091
Worldwide, there are millions of children who are separated from their families due to circumstances such as wars, famine, disasters, disease, poverty, orphaned & abandonment, trafficking, abuse and neglect. A great many of these children are moved into institutions in the event of a "better life". Although often classified as orphans most (80 - 90%) have at least one living parent, sometimes both. But even when a child has no living parent they most certainly have living relatives somewhere who are rarely sought out. It is at that point the child loses all connection with their roots and origins something many child care workers are oblivious to.
Whether a child has been abandoned by their family, chosen to leave for the streets or orphaned they have suffered the biggest loss imaginable - their family, their community and their roots. These traumas can have a long lasting impact on the most vulnerable of children. Just imagine if you suddenly discovered you had living relatives or even birth parents you were not aware of and not had the opportunity to grow up with, how would you feel?
What we want to see?
Orphaned & abandoned children in developing countries given the human dignity of: -
a) A family life - preventing separation in the first place with community development
b) Reunification with their families and communities (where possible, safe and appropriate)
c) If a child can't live with birth family or relatives then use substitute carers - we call it foster care
We believe that every child matters in every country. Orphaned & abandoned children need and have the right to experience family life during their childhood, rather than the loneliness and isolation of an institution, residential care or life on the streets
How do we do that?
- Provide on site professional social work training and consultancy to children's projects
- Give guidance on how to reunify children back to their families / communities safely
- Give guidance with the development of local foster care programmes
- Use culturally adjusted preparation and training material from the UK
- Take a practice based social work approach to training with up to date child care research
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SFAC subscribes to the UNCRC: -
The family, as the fundamental group of society and natural environment for growth and well-being of all its members, particularly children should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community and that recognizing that the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.