SOS Philippines And Committee On The Welfare For Children (CWC) Conduct A Policy Forum On Alternative Child Care
Manila, November 2019 – SOS Children’s Villages Philippines, in coordination with the House Committee on the Welfare for Children (CWC), has conducted a policy forum on Alternative Child Care.
The forum was held on November 20, 2019 from 9:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. at Zulueta Hall, House of Representatives, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City.
In celebration of the National Children’s Month this November and the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Alternative Child Care is continuously lobbied to be legally and nationally recognized in the country.
Despite the right of children to live in a family environment where they are loved, cared for, and secured of their needs, there are still an estimated 2 million children who are without adequate parental care in the Philippines. With this problem at hand, more alternative care options such as adoption, foster care, and residential care must be made available to ensure that the rights of children are protected.
Another type of alternative care is the Family-like Care. It is an alternative care option that resembles a family setting where house parents, who are also professional caregivers, provide care to children.
“Children live together like brothers and sisters. They are not adopted away or set off to different caring organizations. And this ensures the family atmosphere that children need in order to form significant relationships and grow as socially-adept individuals,” says Gemma Goliat, National Director of SOS Philippines.
SOS Children’s Villages pioneered the individualized alternative Family-Like Care for children in 1949. This type of care provides stable, secure and loving care in a family setting for children who have lost their parents or cannot live with their biological family.