Background of children at our residence
Children are removed from their families by the Child Development Unit through a court process with a view of protecting them from a hostile environment. These children have all suffered from abuse of various types and gross neglect.
The Young children residential care project (the foster care project type I)
1. To provide a family-type structure to the children
2. To prevent labeling of the child
3. To allow for full integration
4. To allow close follow-up
I The type I foster family structure
A family is selected and is asked to move into a house large enough to accommodate around 6 children. Then children are placed in the family. Terre de Paix funds the whole structure. The foster parents are not paid a salary. They are taken charge of by the organisation. One of the members of the family is allowed to continue with his professional activity while the other devotes himself entirely to the children. Terre de Paix retains control over the structure and may intervene at any moment. This structure is better known as a group foster care family structure.
II The type II foster family structure
A family is selected and one or two children are placed at it. The family keeps its actual housing accommodation. Terre de Paix provides a financial contribution to the family according to a formula.
III The type III foster family structure
This structure makes it possible for a biological mother to continue to provide care to her children at a structure rented by Terre de Paix. The financial cost is borne by Terre de Paix in the same way as at the type I structure.
This project has now been phased out. It may resume depending on another specific case in need of such support.