The concept of the Community Family Home, developed by CHILD WELFARE DURBAN & DISTRICT (CWDD), has proven effective for maintaining groups of six children of different ages. The children are placed in the foster care of a house mother, in these family-style homes. These homes are a preferred alternative to child and youth care centres as the child remains within the community.
The Organisation had since 1996 managed two such homes where after another three were opened during 2003 and 2004. Presently the organisation supervises nine community family homes. Five community homes are run in partnership with Thokomala Orphan Care Organisation, who finances these 5 homes, located in Newlands West, 2 in Isipingo and 2 in Umlazi. CWDD is responsible for the remaining 4 community homes, located in the following areas: 1 in Newlands East, 2 in Cato Manor and 1 in Chesterville. In order to maintain, manage and run the four community homes, the Organsiation actively and continuously fundraises.
The Organisation renders ongoing professional services to these children. The community house mother receives a monthly allowance paid by CWDD and foster care grants from the Department of Social Development, towards the care of the children.
The children who are considered for placement at the community family homes are vulnerable children which includes AIDS orphans or children with no traceable relatives, nor any other alternative placement options available to them.
We appeal to everyone, to assist us in meeting the needs of our children. Whether its purchasing some of the items on the list or making a financial contribution, we appreciated all you efforts.