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Alternative Care for Orphans and Vulnerable children (OVC). Navajeevan Bala Bhavan, Vijayawada. Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. 275km north-east of Hyderabad Travel hub – largest railway junction in the South Central section of the Indian Railways

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Alternative care for orphans and vulnerable children ovc

Alternative Care for Orphans and Vulnerable children (OVC)

Navajeevan Bala Bhavan, Vijayawada


Vijayawada andhra pradesh

Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

  • 275km north-east of Hyderabad

  • Travel hub – largest railway junction in the South Central section of the Indian Railways

  • Industrial city – agro-based industries and automobile based industries

  • Nearly 3,000 street children

  • Every day, between 7-25 new children


Navajeevan bala bavan

Navajeevan Bala Bavan

  • Salesians of Don Bosco invited to open a shelter for street children by Municipal Corporation of Vijayawada in 1989.

  • Shelter inaugurated in 1990, closes due to political opposition in 1992.

  • Salesians continue to work with street-children and project revived in 1993.


Navajeevan bala bhavan

Navajeevan Bala Bhavan

  • Support and rehabilitation for street children and other young people in difficult circumstances

  • Support on the street – Street Presence Project

  • Temporary shelter

    • 24-hour Drop-In Shelter

    • Two Night Shelters


Residential re orientation camps

Residential Re-orientation Camps

For street boys

  • Prerana (below 10 years)

  • Velugu (between 11 and 14 years)

  • Vimukti (between 15 and 18 years)

    For other vulnerable children (e.g. child laborers)

  • Sethu – for girls

  • Mettu – for boys


Residential support

Residential Support

  • Chiguru children’s village

  • Navajeevan Yuva Bhavan

  • Navajeevan Vruthy Bhavan

  • Vimukthi De-Addiction Program

  • Group homes


Vocational training

Vocational Training

  • Vocational Training Centre, Vijayawada

  • Vocational Training Centre, Autonagar


Support services

Support Services

  • Navajeevan Infirmary

  • Counseling Project

  • Home Integration Project

  • Day Bridge School for Child Laborers


Group care

Group care –

  • Part of the compendium of residential care solutions

  • Started in 1994

  • Group of 10 children with a set of foster parents

  • No drop-outs from this batch – all well-adjusted contributing citizens


Nbb strong motivation resolution for home re integration

NBB strong motivation/resolution for Home re-integration

  • Navajeevan strongly believes in the value of the dictum “there is no place like home”

  • As of today, NBB has given shelter to 31,538 children, of these 15,539 have been rejoined with their families [as on 8-02-2009]


Children in group care at chiguru

Children in Group Care at Chiguru


Cottage 2 at chiguru

Cottage 2 at Chiguru


Cottage 3 at chiguru

Cottage 3 at Chiguru


Children mothers chiguru

Children & mothers, Chiguru


Children in ten group care mogga bud centers currently

Children in ten Group care Mogga (Bud) centers - currently


Children in foster care

Children in Foster Care

Master Prem Raj

Baby Durga

Baby Nirmala


Process in foster care

Process in ‘Foster Care’

  • Foster Care in NBB is being implemented following the latest Juvenile Justice Act 2000/06

  • Approval is sought from the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of the district; CWC conducts enquiry: prospective family.., the child.. gets report ..declares the family ‘Fit Person’…passes order

  • Two full time staff have been appointed for identifying Foster Parents

  • To date 85 families have been contacted and 10 families are ready to foster care

  • Of those children in various rehabilitation centers between 5-12 years, there are 45 boys and 28 girls, who are orphans and need foster parents


Rationale

Rationale

  • Children leave homes because of abusive or unhappy situations

  • Need loving care and attention to offset early negative experience

  • Street experience makes it difficult to fit in with regimentation of hostels

  • “group situation” because of dearth of suitable care parents


Replication of model

Replication of model

  • Success of first experiment led to replication

  • Number of children with each set of care parents varied from 10 to 16.

  • Total number of children served through this model – 112

  • Total number of care Parents are 9 couples and 1 care mother


Replication of model1

Replication of model

  • In one exceptional case, 27 young people with one set of care parents

  • These young people were older than 14 and in vocational training

  • Other children – students at various schools

  • Less than 5% drop out in the entire experiment


Current status of model

Current status of model

  • Currently, 112 children in group care

  • 9 sets of care parents and 1 care mother

  • 9 to 10 children per couple, 13 children with care mother

  • 2 girl children in foster care

  • 1 boy attached to a family (psychological support)


Support systems financial

Support systems (Financial)

  • Rs. 650 per child per month for food expenses

  • House rent paid by NBB

  • Stationery, books, clothing and medical expenses met by NBB through care parents


Support systems technical

Support systems (Technical)

  • Regular follow-up home visits by Fr. Michael, trained counselor and psychologist and the counseling team members

  • Regular meetings with the care parents [once in two months]

  • Quarterly trainings by the counselors


Challenges

Challenges

  • Difficulties in finding sets of care parents

  • Trained care parents leave in the middle of the school year

  • Trained care parents are not sustained for significant length of time

  • Not easy to find willing and suitable foster parents

  • Lobby with the Gov. for a more proactive approach to ‘foster care’ – JJ Rules (AP)


Planned sustenance aspects

Planned Sustenance aspects

  • Currently NBB is not receiving any support from a donor agency towards ‘Alternative Care’. NBB looks forward to that

  • NBB has already initiated the process of finding sponsorship for the children and in this regard, NBB needs to intensify efforts.


The way forward

The way forward

  • Increase efforts to motivate people to become foster parents or care parents

  • Appoint more full time staff to identify interested families for foster care

  • Convinced of the value of the experience and move more vigorously in this line

  • Study the Rajasthan model (18k children in FC), propose it to state Govt.


Thank you

Thank You!


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