To focus on the specific needs and challenges faced by children who suffer from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and assist them through a holistic approach including special needs schooling.
Community Based Foster Homes
Home of Hope supports community based foster care homes in Table View, Phoenix and Milnerton. We can accommodate up to 24 children at any one time within these homes. The objective of these homes is to ensure an environment where children can be nurtured holistically to develop to their full God-given potential.
The foster home mimics as close as is possible a family unit with love and care-giving from a foster mother and ‘siblings’. It provides a stable and solid foundation giving the child a brighter future, and a fair chance of growing up to become a socially responsible member of society - breaking the cycle of abuse.
The Home of Hope supported children who have remained in our care long term are growing up quickly and their progress has been remarkable. The development and growth of each child has been inspiring, especially those with special needs. We recognize that if any child is given a stable, loving, supportive family and home environment they will flourish. We realize what a wonderful opportunity we have to make a difference in the lives of these children who are powerless against their offenders, and are unable to provide for themselves.
It is not always possible to find individual foster families for each child, coupled with the challenges of the HIV/ aids epidemic facing SA, as well as dealing with children that are affected by FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder). The Western Cape is one of the areas with the highest percentage of FASD in the world. We believe the solution to reducing this high incidence of FASD lies in working with the affected families.
Home of Hope community based foster homes are organized and supported as follows:
We accommodate no more than six children per home.
- We encourage a family environment through having children of different age groups in each home, where the older foster siblings help with the youngsters, and the youngsters look up to their older brothers and sisters.
- We provide a home where the children feel safe, loved and all their needs are met.
- We provide support, training, counselling, and backup for the foster mothers / parents that we support.
- We provide the children with practical life skills by allowing them to be responsible for individual daily tasks such as making their own beds, helping with the washing of dishes and setting the table.
- We provide the children with social skills by giving them opportunities to learn to practice listening, respecting others’ opinions and sharing ideas in a non-judgmental way.
- We assist and ensure the implementation of each child’s individual care and development plan.
- We address the child’s individual therapeutic needs.
- We address the child’s educational needs, whether it is in main stream or special needs schooling.
- We provide continuous monitoring and assessment of each foster home and the care of the children.
- Mostly children are encouraged to be integrated into the local community in which they live, and function as close as possible to a normal stable family unit.
- We have committed volunteers as an extension to the family support system.
Through networking with local communities we assist with the support of the homes to ensure sustainability.
Home of Hope is a registered Non-Profit Organisation with registration number 050-226-NPO and a registered Public Benefit Organisation with registration number 930022887